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E-Books guide

This is a guide to using SGUL's e-book collection


Electronic books (e-books) are versions of our textbooks that can be viewed online by SGUL students and selective NHS staff.  This can be done from either a mobile device or a PC.  Not all textbooks are available as e-books, although the numbers are increasing.  Some of our textbooks are available both as physical books on the Library shelves and as e-books.  Our e-books are provided by several publishers, for example Oxford Medicine Online and Ebook Central.  This guide provides information on how to access our e-book collection and how you can use e-books.

SGUL Library's e-book platforms

You can find the Library's e-books by searching Hunter, using the category 'Books and more' in the same way as you search for books on the Library shelves. See Find SGUL e-books for more information.

The different publishers supply their e-books in different ways. See below to get an idea of the look and feel of the various e-book platforms used at SGUL.

SGUL Library e-book platforms

The NHS Kortext platform houses a growing collection of ebooks that have been bought collaboratively across a number of NHS libraries in England. Amongst general healthcare titles, the collection will also include items on inclusion and diversity.

Access the collection at, log in with your NHS OpenAthens password (choose NHS England as your institution) and access the books  when you click on Collection.


Image of oxford handbook of respiratory medicine

Other e-books

Occasionally e-books may be provided as a single item rather than as part of a publisher's collection, for example Cite Them Right, which is a book about how to reference, is available in both print and e-book format.