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Law & Government Publications: South African online textbooks


The Library and Information Service purchases e-books from various publishers, but some publishers sell their e-books to individuals only and do not allow libraries to purchase their books in an electronic format. Textbooks are especially problematic and are generally not available on platforms that academic libraries have access to.

Some of the e-books and e-book websites only allow access to a limited number of Stellenbosch University members at the same time. You will get a message that the book is not available, and you will have to try again later. 

Consult the E-book LibGuide for more information regarding e-books. Students may find the section on “Downloading and printing SU e-books” especially valuable, as these are different for each e-book platform.

Please note that the various publishers have restrictions for downloading eBooks. Juta has a limit of 5 pages, LexisNexis has a limit of 2 pages and OUP has a limit of 100 pages. 

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