The University of The West Indies, St. Augustine Campus has a large collection of eBooks made available through our databases, our eBook platforms and UWIlinC (our online portal). These collections cover a variety of disciplines including engineering, food and agriculture, science and technology, humanities and education and social sciences, as well as a Caribbean Collection. This guide has been created to assist students in searching for, accessing, and downloading digital content through the library's homepage.
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eBooks (or electronic books) are the same as printed books in an online environment. They can be read on your personal computers, tablets and smart phones.
eBooks have become increasingly popular over the last decade, and offer great advantages
If you are on campus, access to online material requires an STA network connection.
If you are off campus, access to eBooks is via the Library's proxy server. Students are required to log in with their MyUWI username and password. Staff members need to enable their account and reset their password, which must be done while on campus. See here.
Please consult our E-Resources FAQs for more information.
The St. Augustine Campus acquires eBooks from several vendors. While we do have a few eBook collections for which we pay an annual subscription, the majority of our eBooks are individual titles for which we have perpetual access rights (so we own them, rather than subscribe to them). Our main eBook vendors/platforms are EBSCO, ebrary and MyiLibrary, which are, for the most part, similar, but which also have different features.
Please note that not all eBooks are available for downloading or reading offline. EBook access is governed by digital rights management (DRM) systems, which are used by vendors/publishers to prevent unauthorized reproduction of their books. In addition to this, eBook availability can be restricted by user option models- single, three or multi-user options
In order to borrow or 'download' eBooks (those which can be borrowed), you would need to do the following:
Please see our page on Software and Apps in this guide for further information.