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E-Books: Home

Electronic books, or ebooks, are generally electronic forms of printed books. They may be reference works, textbooks or any other form of book and, like ejournals, often have added functionality over their print equivalents.

Institutional Login

Many of the resources which the University Library provides for you can be accessed with the same username and password you use to access your University email, University computers and Blackboard.

Look out for links containing the words "Institutional access/login", "UK Federation" (or  occasionally "Shibboleth") – all these words are a clue that you can use your normal University login to access a resource.

Direct institutional login

Basically this comes in two forms. Where possible, links to databases from the library website go straight to the University login page (look for separate 'off-campus' links where appropriate).

But in other cases, you may have to select the "UK / UK Federation" first, and then browse or search a list of institutions to select "University of Southampton". (Note: if you can't find us in the list under this name, check under Southampton University.) If you don't find us in the list or there is an error please contact

For any problems with your University username and password, please contact iSolutions.


Useful Contacts

Acquisitions Office:-

023 8059 3457 (external)

23457 (internal)


023 80595656 (external)

25656 (internal)

E-book Collections

VPN - Off Campus advice

Accessing library resources from home 

To connect to library resources such as databases and journals you will need to use the University’s VPN service called GlobalProtect. Advice on how to set your connection up can be found on the iSolutions page How do I set up VPN on my device? 

If you use VPN on a Linux machine or mobile device, from June 17th 2020 you will need to reconfigure your device to point to ''. If you use a Windows PC or Mac you should continue to use ''.