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An overview of eBooks and eTextbooks in NUS Libraries

Overview of Institutional and Personal Licensed eBooks

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. 

This is different from purchasing eBooks from commercial platforms such as Amazon and eBay, as those eBooks are sold on a personal user license and are not for institutional use. 

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.

List of eBooks by Publishers and Platforms