There are different licensing models for eBooks, similar to the personal and corporate licensed versions of software. The Library only purchases academic eBooks on an institutional license. This means that the eBooks can be accessed by the entire University. As such, we only purchase eBooks from publishers and vendors who allow for an institutional license to their products.
The eBooks available in NUS Libraries also differ from those from the National Library Board (NLB) in terms of content and loan period. Except for eTextbooks, you can access the NUS Libraries eBooks without having to borrow or return them due to the recurring need for these eBooks for research, learning, and teaching purposes.
The download and print restrictions on each eBook platform varies from publisher and copyright policy. Please click here for a summary of the different access restrictions from the eBook platforms available in the Library's collection.