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When is an ebook not an ebook?

The new iDiscover catalogue lists two different types of ebooks – those that are e-legal deposit titles which can only be accessed from computers within certain Cambridge Libraries and those titles that can be accessed from anywhere.  To distinguish between the two, follow our guide below.

The wording in grey in the image below indicates that the book can only be accessed from specific computers in certain libraries in Cambridge:


The Education Faculty Library has one of these computers on Lily Pad 2, and from here you are able to either read the material online or print up to a chapter/10%.


We realise that using e-legal deposit titles in the Education Library is not going to be possible or convenient for many of our students, especially those studying at a distance from Cambridge.

However, if you let us know what it is you would like to read, we can probably help as we often have access to the material another way, either in print or as a ‘proper’ ebook that can be accessed away from Cambridge.  If we don’t, we are happy to consider purchasing it.

Ebooks that can be accessed from anywhere look like this on the catalogue and you’ll just need your Raven password to access them via the green wording below:


Remember that all Education ebooks can be accessed via the database on the Faculty Library Moodle site and all of these are ‘proper’ ebooks which you can consult anywhere.

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When is an ebook not an ebook?

If you haven’t already seen this image on the LibrarySearch catalogue, be sure that it will be appearing on a list of search results near you soon!

But what does it actually mean?


Any material with the ‘Conditions of use’ label refers to books and journals that have been deposited at the University Library by publishers in a digital format, rather than in print.  Unfortunately, these titles can only be used on specific computers in certain libraries in Cambridge.

We have one of these ‘E-Legal Deposit’ computers in the Education Library on Lily Pad 2 but you can only read the material online – it’s not possible to print, download, copy and paste or photograph the material you access from here.


We realise that using e-legal deposit titles on this computer in the Education Library is not going to be possible or convenient for many of our students, especially those studying at a distance from Cambridge.

However, if you let us know which title you would like to read we can probably help you as we often have access to the material another way, either in print or as a less restrictive ebook/ejournal through the resources subscribed to by the University.

If we don’t, we will consider purchasing it either as a print book or as an ebook which can be accessed outside of Cambridge Libraries.


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Latest education ebooks


Another 14 ebooks (including the 4 pictured) have recently been added to our collection.   These include Madeleine Arnot’s co-authored text Education, asylum and the non-citizen child, David Whitley’s Idea of Nature in Disney Animation, several titles on children’s literature and the philosophy of education as well as others.

For a full list of our latest titles, click here.

If you have any problems or questions about accessing  ebooks (or any other electronic material), please contact the Faculty Library team and we will be happy to help you.



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The results are in…


Photo by grandgrrl @ Flickr

We’ve had a fantastic response (553 / 32%) to our print book/ebook Library survey – a BIG BIG thank you to everybody who took the time to complete it for us.

The 3 winners of the Amazon vouchers have been selected at random and will be contacted very soon.

Initial findings show that 25% of respondents have yet to use an ebook from the Faculty/University collections!  A dislike of reading on screen was given as the most common reason for not using ebooks.


Of those of you who do read ebooks, 60% just look at a few pages or read a chapter and only 2% of respondents are happy to read the whole of an ebook on screen.

Overall, less than 10% of you prefer ebooks to print books; almost 50% of you prefer print and 42% like to be able to use both.  The latter is echoed in the qualitative data which suggests that we need to continue to provide both print books and ebooks to meet your research needs.

We were overwhelmed by the lovely comments that you took the time to write!  Many of you said how much you valued the knowledge, expertise and helpfulness of the Library staff, and as professional Librarians we were delighted by this.  We are a reflective team and we aim to provide a responsive service to all of our users within current financial constraints.

We have noticed that several of you have asked specific questions and if you would like us to respond individually to those, please get in touch with us (library@educ.cam.ac.uk).  We have a wealth of information to evaluate and we will post updates on this blog over the coming weeks as we analyse it.  Watch this space!

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Are print books becoming obsolete?

Statistics just out show that the use of ebooks across the University has increased dramatically this year compared to last. With 5 out of 10 of the top most accessed ebooks being Education titles we would have expected the use of our print books to decrease drastically too.  So do we still need print copies? Looking at the print use of our most borrowed titles which are available as ebooks the answer is more complex than you would expect.  Yes, there are significant drops in the print use of some titles but also, some surprising increases in the use of others.

 Increase or decrease in use of print copies of titles available as ebooks at the Faculty of Education Library during 2010-2011 compared with 2009-2010

Overall borrowing from the Faculty Library seems to be increasing too: figures for this Michaelmas Term (2011) show a small increase on those from two years ago (2009), despite a drop in student numbers and the increased availability of electronic material.

Figures from another library in Cambridge reveal a similarly complex picture:  Libby Tilley, the English Faculty Librarian, found that over the past 5 years there has been an overall slight increase in borrowing of the print Cambridge Companions which are all available as ebooks.

It looks as if students in the Humanities and Social Sciences still like to use print as well as ebooks, but what do you think? We are hoping that Faculty of Education staff and students will let us know their views via an online survey which we are launching on Thursday 8th March.  Watch this space for findings later on!


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Updated ebooks page

This week we have updated the ebooks page which is available from your Faculty Library Course CamTools Site.  You can now search for ebooks by subject using the subject headings listed, as well as through the A-Z list of titles:

Remember that all ebooks can be accessed on & off-campus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Please get in touch if you have any problems with using them.