Category Archives: Ebooks

Select ebooks available to download to your device for one year

We now have an additional 80+ books available for dowload to your device via the innovative platform VitalSource Bridge. Ebooks available from VitalSource Bridge will download to your device for 1 year.

Included in the collection are the ABC series, Lecture notes on… and At a glance… books.

Create a personal account with VitalSource Bridge on a computer to register for an account and select the books you require. Then download VitalSource Bookshelf from an apps store to read on your phone or  tablet- the books you have added in your account will be available to your device to read offline.

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Ebooks trial

We’ve set up a trial to  EBook CentralTM . This is an ebook platform that allows unlimited concurrent user access. There are masses of books available in subject areas such as Health, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Education and Social Sciences.

Access is via:

There’s a short guide at

This has links to more detailed guides.

Signing in with your Cardiff username and password will create a personal account, enabling you to use the bookshelf, notes and annotation features.   Access is available via desktop & mobile devices and books can be downloaded for reading offline – these are accessible for a limited period of time after download.  There are limits applied to printing and copying and these are displayed at title level.

Please feedback any thoughts on this resource to the Health Library in person or by reply or email to

Access to additional Ebooks

We have just commenced a subscription to a Lippincott and Williams Ebook set which covers anatomy and physiology.

Note some of the books we now have access to  include;

Clinical Oriented Anatomy

Essential NeuroScience

Grants Atlas of Anatomy

Langmans Medical Embryology

To find any of these books, go to LibrarySearch type in the title and the book will surface in your results list as an Ebook.


Extra ebook collections now available via Wiley online

The library service is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Wiley Online Library collection for this academic year. The collection contains over 16,000 eBook titles and the content encompasses a broad range of subjects including the humanities, social sciences and STM subjects (scientific, technical and medical). The collection is  comprised of a variety of newer and older monographs  which we hope will be invaluable to students in their respective disciplines.

How can I access these books online?

All of the books are available at Wiley Online Library. You can view books online and download them as a PDF file. For off campus access; Click on the Institutional login link and enter Cardiff University in the search box. You should then be prompted to enter your Cardiff University username and password.

Watch out for links to eBooks from Wiley Online Library on LibrarySearch from 26 October 2015.


EBooks on Demand

What is it?

EBooks on Demand is a Cardiff University trial of Patron Driven Acquisition or PDA which will run from Thursday 6th March for a limited period.  This is a method of allowing library users to create a library collection that is relevant to them. Librarians select the range of materials included in Librarysearch, after that the users determine which eBooks are rented and which are eventually purchased from University Library funds.

During this trial, there will be an additional range of eBooks  on Librarysearch which you will be able to rent for one week, free of charge.  This will include access to over 25000 eBooks published in relevant subject areas between 2011 and 2014 provided by the University’s main eBook supplier Dawsonera.

How do I use it?

When you have found an eBook that you want to read there are 2 options available – 5 minute preview and Rental. You can use the preview option to check the books suitability before you decide to rent the book.


When you click on the Rental button you will see a pop up box which asks for your Cardiff University e-mail address and barcode from your ID card.  Click Submit.


The rental is automatically approved and you will see a pop up box and get an email which reads:

Your request for title Accounting for Worker Well-Being (eISBN 9781849502733) has been approved for rental period of 1 week


You will be able to read this book for one week,  either via the email link sent to you, or by going to the ‘My Accounts’ section on the Dawsonera site and clicking on ‘Rentals Available’.

How do books end up being purchased for the library?

Books in the rental scheme can be rented on up to two occasions, a third rental request by any user will cause the book to be purchased from library funds. After purchase all users can then access the eBook from Librarysearch in the normal way.