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Introduction to eBook at GMIT Libraries for GMIT staff and students

What are eBooks

eBooks are books in digital format that can be read using devices such as pcs, tablets, e-Readers and smartphones. The main advantage of eBooks is their online availability, users are not dependent on the library opening times, you can access an eBook 24/7, provided you are authorised to do so.

The availability of eBooks will be dependent on many different characteristics such as host, publisher, licence agreement, library access model.  E-formats will vary, there is no service that can provide all eBooks in the same manner, and GMIT users will notice this with the library's eBook collection.

The majority of eBooks at GMIT may be read online, and some can be downloaded by staff and students, using the usual authorisation method of keying your user ID and password. Many of the eBook hosts such as EbscoDawsonEra, and Proquest Ebrary will allow GMIT users to create personal accounts with which you login in order to read online or download an eBook.

Popular eBook Titles



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eBook Hosts

These are some of the eBook Hosts or platforms which you will encounter when searching our eBooks collection. You don't have to specify a particular host when searching but sometimes it helps to be aware of the product names.


  • Proquest Ebook Central  We have a collection of about 230 titles from this particular aggregator, all available for read online or individual chapter download.


  • Some titles are on the platforms 123Library and Elsevier

    All of the companies above provide eBooks purchased or subscribed by the Library, and available for GMIT students and staff to read online or download.

Searching Books and eBooks Video

How to Recognise eBooks from GMIT Library Search + Find

It is easy to recognise eBook titles when they are retrieved in your search results.
Here are some screen shots that may help you identify when you are looking at eBooks:

1. Search eBooks only from the library homepage:

2. Keyword Search OR Browse eBooks by Collection / Host (from the above link)

3. Ebooks link from a browse list / results list

4.  Full Text links from a Search + Find Record:


Find eBooks

The Library's default search engine Search + Find will enable you to locate only eBooks. Simply key your search terms and choose 'Ebooks Only' from the list of limiters on the left.

You can search for only eBooks using the search box below:

Further eBook Help Resources

Apart from this LibGuide, GMIT Library has issued a few useful resources on using our eBooks.

We have an 'Finding Books and eBooks using Search + Find' YouTube tutorial which you may view any time.

All of the eBook hosts also provide comprehensive help resources on their respective sites:

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