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A guide on finding and using e-books in Stellenbosch University Library.
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About e-books

Electronic books are the digital equivalent of conventional books. The book’s content is in digital format and requires software to interpret the digital content and display it for the user to read. The software is usually embedded seamlessly in the e-book to facilitate easy reading on a computer screen.

Benefits of e-books

Because e-books are online, they can be accessed 24/7 from any computer with an internet connection. You don't need to physically be at the library in order to view electronic books.

The reader can search the entire text of a book and easily find the exact section of the book that is needed.

E-books can be read on many devices e.g. PC, tablet, smart phone

Some e-books can be accessed by multiple users simultaneously. Thereby you can avoid reservations and waiting.

Most, but not all, ebook interfaces allow the reader to:

  • save books to a personal bookshelf from where it can be accessed again at a later stage
  • highlight sections and insert notes
  • print individual pages

The size of the text can be changed to suit the reader.

E-books may include interactive links, graphics, audio clips, animations, and videos

No fines for overdue books!



Electronic dictionaries

No need to buy a dictionary! For your convenience Stellenbosch University Library subscribes to many online dictionaries. 


Find a complete list under E-reference on the Library website.


Recent acquisitions

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The Bankers' New Clothes - Anat Admati; Martin Hellwig
ISBN: 9781400846566
Publication Date: 2013
What is wrong with today’s banking system? The past few years have shown that risks in banking can impose significant costs on the economy. Many claim, however, that a safer banking system would require sacrificing lending and economic growth. The Bankers’ New Clothes examines this claim and the narratives used by bankers, politicians, and regulators to rationalize the lack of reform, exposing them as invalid. Admati and Hellwig argue we can have a safer and healthier banking system without sacrificing any of the benefits of the system, and at essentially no cost to society.

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Energizing Green Cities in Southeast Asia - Dejan R. Ostojic; Ranjan K. Bose; Holly Krambeck; Jeanette Lim; Yabei Zhang
ISBN: 9780821399774
Publication Date: 2013
"Presents a blueprint for transforming East Asian cities to global engines of green growth by choosing energy efficient solutions for their infrastructure needs, with case studies in Cebu City (the Philippines), Da Nang (Vietnam), and Surabaya (Indonesia) illustrating the use of sustainable urban energy and emissions planning (SUEEP)"--Provided by publisher.

E-resources Librarian

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Naomi Visser
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E-resources, Lower Level, JS Gericke Library
Tel. 021 808 4433
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Consulting hours:
08:00-12:45; 13:45-16:30 Mondays - Fridays
Please note:
To avoid disappointment, staff and registered students of the Stellenbosch University are encouraged to make appointments for assistance or library instruction.

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