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A guide on finding and using e-books in Stellenbosch University Library.

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!


E-resources librarian

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Naomi Visser
Engineering and Forestry Library
Private Bag X5036
South Africa
+27 21 808 4301