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Coronavirus - COVID-19 Updates and Resources from DkIT Library: Ebooks

What is an ebook?

An ebook to put it simply is a book that is available to be read in a digital format. Unfortunately, not every print book the library has in stock is available as an ebook. It is possible therefore that you may need to look for alternative titles in ebook form and use these instead. Please use MultiSearch and the other ebook resources listed on this page to identify alternative options.

Ebooks are also subject to different levels of access and individual licenses determine what can be accessed including how many people can access an item at the same time and what you can do with the ebook content. 

Where to find ebooks

The library has access to a number of e-books that cover a wide range of topics. Where we can, we have make ebooks searchable via MultiSearch (see below) However this is not always possible and so you may need to search through individual ebook collections which we have listed below. Please also check the resources temporarily made available in the box below. 

Alternative sources available due to COVID-19

If you can't find what you are looking for from these links, check out the ebook collections that have been made available due to Covid-19 below. Available for a limited time. 

Concurrent access to Ebooks

As mentioned there are often limitation on the number of concurrent readers who can access an e book.  Once the limit is reached others will be turned away until a slot becomes free. It is advisable to check the number of concurrent users and to advise students of this.  If you have any questions about concurrent access please contact

How to search for ebooks

Limitations on access to ebooks

  • While the ebooks we make available in the different collections are free for you to use once you sign in using your DkIT login, publishers may still have restrictions on access and use of these e-resources or the library may have only bought a limited user license due to budget limitations. Typically, these restrictions relate to the number of concurrent readers who can access a text at any one time.  
  • This access level is usually displayed when you get into the ebook page usually something like "your institute only has access to one copy of this book" or something similar as seen in the image below. 
  • If you try to access an ebook but cannot, it may be because the number of concurrent readers who can access the ebook has been reached. If this happens please check the ebook again later
  • You can check the number of concurrent readers for our titles in the box below or by emailing and we will check for you.
  • Further explanation can be found in the document below. 


Accessibility and ebooks

Bookshare Ireland is available for all people with a print disability. This includes visual impairment, learning difficulties or a physical disability that limits a person's ability to read standard print.  Bookshare makes reading easy with all titles available in a format to suit your needs.  

To discover if you qualify click here and if you do qualify apply online.

Open book exams and copyright

  • Due to the current circumstances alternative assignments have been put into effect that may involve the use of ebook and e-resources.  We want to alert you to some restrictions and challenges in the use of e-resources so that access to resources happens seamlessly. 
  • There is a limit to the number of concurrent users of ebooks which depend on the publisher, this means that for some eBooks only one person can read it at a time, for others it might be unlimited, further explanation of this can be seen here.  We can check this for you. The Library is also monitoring ebook usage and where we can we will do our best to expand access. It would be really helpful if you could let us know if you are using any ebook/ e-resources so that this can be checked and any possible stress or difficulties averted.  If you have any other questions and any feedback on this please e-mail:
  • In relation to open book exams and copyright while the uploading of portions of a book for exam use is acceptable according to the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency there are limits on how much can be copied from a single book. 
  • The license says  that (10%) of the Work or one chapter (whichever is greater).  More information can be found at our full in depth copyright guide
  • Because of the circumstances of COVID 19 the ICLA have also advised that: ICLA will relax the requirement for the HEIs to own an original - this will enable lecturers to make use of any extract of an original owned personally by them which is not currently in the ownership of the licensed institution.  This change is effective up to 30th June 2020 and usage should be monitored though a workflow system.
  • See below for a helpful checklist to avoid copyright issues in relation to uploading material to Moodle.
  • Remember to remove any items made available for this purpose once no longer needed 

Checklist for uploading content to Moodle.

Copyright checklist for uploading works to Moodle

  1. Can the work just be linked to instead of being uploaded for example a link to the ebook or article in question? In general online sources, especially if they are in the library collection, should be linked to rather than uploaded to avoid any copyright problems. 
  2. What type of document is it? Under the ICLA license there are works that are not allowed to be copied these include music sheets and government reports. Please go the ICLA excluded works document to find out which items are excluded.
  3. Is it a library book or your own book? The license only covers books that are owned by the college such as those in the library. If it is your own, normal copyright rules apply.
  4. How much of the work are you uploading? It is up to 10% or a chapter whatever is shorter when the license is applied to copies the institute owns or for personal copies up to 5% or a chapter.
  5. Keep a record as the Irish Copyright Agency will expect an assessment as to the quantity of material used and this will impact on royalties paid to copyright owners and on the license agreement and fee the Institute pays . 
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