Books

Ordering new books

Book orders can be sent to Library Acquisitions, Floor 1, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, in a variety of ways - order cards, clearly annotated publishers' catalogues or the web Book Order Form .

All orders must carry the authorising signature or password of the appropriate Departmental Library Representative. The web order form should be completed, as far as possible, by the recommender and forwarded to the appropriate Library Representative (see instructions at the top of the form) for authorisation. Please provide as much information as possible.

To ensure orders are placed within the current financial year and arrive in time for the start of next session, please send orders to us by the 31st May.

Ebooks

Ebooks - individual title purchases  

Individual books may be available in electronic format and can be ordered in the same way as print books.  

Libraries at Scottish Higher and Further Education institutes can purchase electronic books, under preferential terms, from the supplier platforms of ebook aggregators. A Framework Agreement for the supply of ebooks has been awarded by APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges for Scotland) to the following library suppliers. 

Framework Supplier Ebook Platform
Dawson Books Dawsonera
EBL Ebook Library EBL
Askews & Holts Library Services Ltd VLeBooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Framework Agreement offers: 

  • Three suppliers from which the library can select the best value route for supply of their required ebook(s). 

  • No annual platform fees (therefore no barriers to access by institutions) - plus access arrangements at no cost for libraries with previously procured content from the successful suppliers. 

  • Discount offered by suppliers. 

  • Agreed standard license terms with all three suppliers. 

  • Ongoing performance monitoring and contract management. 

 

What determines choice of supplier? 

When purchasing an ebook the library must first check each framework suppliers’ database to determine that they can provide access, and the access options available – credit, single user, and multiple concurrent user. 

The suppliers are under the constraints of publishers, some of which will only sell on a particular model, for example: single user, or small credit allowance (100 credits). 

When requesting the purchase of an ebook, it is helpful if the intended use can be given eg: required reading, distance learners, multi-course use. This will help determine the licence that should be purchased, along with the total price payable for that required e-book licence. 

  

Dawsonera  

http://www.dawsonera.com/  

  • Purchased ebooks are available on perpetual access. 

  • Purchase models available: 

  • Credits– These vary by publisher and type of ebook (100, 200, 225, 300, 325, 400 & in a very few cases 9999). 

  • 1 credit = 24 hour access period. 

  • 24 hours access is from point of entry, for 24 hours. 

  • If a user logs in and out within the 24 hour period, it is still part of the same credit. 

  • 2 credits are used when the user downloads the ebook, 48 hour usage – NB: Downloads cannot be switched off on a Dawsonera ebook. 

  • Multiple users can access the ebook on the credit model at the same time (until the credits run out). 

  • Credits are automatically refreshed on the anniversary of their purchase at no extra cost. The maximum amount of credits set by a publisher in a year is capped at 400. If usage approaches this “cap”, the library will need to consider either the purchase of a further copy to ensure continued access or on considering the renewal date, if close to anniversary of purchase, wait until credits are automatically refreshed. If a further e-book with credits is purchased, it will show on the same catalogue record, however, the credits will be doubled. 

  • Managed User Access (MUA) – These vary by publisher and type of ebook (single user licence, multi-user – usually caped at a 3 user licence). When a single user title is accessed it is ‘checked out’ and can’t be read by any other users until, the user ends the session. The same applies to the 3 user licence – only 3 users can access the ebook at the same time. 

  • The ebooks are presented as PDF format and read using Adobe Reader. 

  • The ebooks which are purchased are listed in the library catalogue. The catalogue record includes a direct URL link to the ebook, Primo searches will show 'online access'. 

  • Access requires a Shibboleth login for which users use their University username and password. 

  • In line with the 'fair dealing' rules of copyright protection a reader may print 5% of the book and copy 5% of the text - but no more than that. 

  • Dawsonera allows users a 5 minute preview of any ebook on the Dawsonera platform, not just those we have purchased. 

  

EBL 

http://www.eblib.com/ 

  • Ebooks can be downloaded and read offline on a laptop or ebook reading device that supports Adobe Reader Digital Editions software. 

  • Non-linear-lending model allows the library to buy one copy of an ebook and lend it simultaneously to multiple users. All EBL titles enable multiple-concurrent access - there are no single user restrictions on any of the EBL titles. 325 loan instances are allowed per year on any one ‘copy’ of an ebook. 

  • A loan instance is defined as access by an individual user within a 24 hour period. 

  • Can print up to 20% of an ebook’s total content and can copy and past up to 5%. 

  • EBL ebooks have a free browse period of 5 minutes for non-owned books (10 minutes for owned books). 

  • The ebooks which are purchased are listed in the library catalogue. The catalogue record includes a direct URL link to the ebook, Primo searches will show 'online access'. 

  • Access requires a Shibboleth login for which users use their University username and password. 

  

Askews & Holts 

http://askewsandholts.com 

  • Purchased ebooks are available on perpetual access. 

  • Purchase models available: 

  • Credits – These vary by publisher and type of ebook (100, 200, 400). 

  • 1 credit = 24 hour access period. 

  • 24 hours access is from point of entry, for 24 hours. 

  • If a user logs in and out within the 24 hour period, it is still part of the same credit. 

  • 2 credits are used when the user downloads the e-book, 48 hour usage – NB: Downloads can be switched off with VLeBooks. 

  • Multiple users can access the ebook on the credit model at the same time (until the credits run out). 

  • Credits are automatically refreshed on the anniversary of their purchase at no extra cost. The maximum amount of credits set by a publisher in a year is capped at 400. If usage approaches this “cap”, the library will need to consider either the purchase of a further copy to ensure continued access or on considering the renewal date, if close to anniversary of purchase, wait until credits are automatically refreshed. If a further ebook with credits is purchased, it will show on the same catalogue record, however, the credits will be doubled. 

  • Concurrent user/Single user – These vary by publisher and type of ebook (1 user licence, 3 user licence, 5 user licence & 10 user licence). Costs increase in relation to the licence required, eg: 1 user £50, 10 users £400. When a single user title is accessed it is ‘checked out’ and can’t be read by any other users until, the user ends the session. The same applies to the other licences. 

  • The ebooks which are purchased are listed in the library catalogue. The catalogue record includes a direct URL link to the ebook, Primo searches will show ‘online access’, and requires a Shibboleth login for which users use their university username and password. 

  • Online reader is compatible with most browsers and requires no plug-ins or additional software. 

  • Mobile downloads for devices that support digital editions. 

  • Supported on PC’s, Macs and mobile devices with Android 4.0 or iOs5 or later. 

  • Print and copy facility – generally 10% allowance.

 

Journals

Ordering new journals

Orders for new journals, including back runs, must be done on the web Journal Order Form . This ensures a better service and a thorough method of recording orders.

  • The form must be completed by the appropriate Library Representative who will need to logon with their University computer username and password.

  • Please provide as much information as possible (particularly the ISSN).

  • Additional comments can be included at the end of the form.

  • All order requests will be sent, automatically, to both the Library Serials section and the appropriate Information Consultant.

1st May is the recommended date for placing new orders for the current financial year. Cancellations must be notified to us by 1st September if the journal cost is not shared with another department. If it is shared, notify us by 1st August as we need time to contact the other department(s) during vacation and get a decision.

Other Online Resources

Online Resources

Recommending electronic resources which are on a subscription basis must be done on the web Electronic Resources Form.

  • Electronic resources which are a one off, e.g. dictionary on cd-rom, can be ordered as if they are a book - use the Book Order Form.

Personal Purchases

Personal purchases of material for the library 

In exceptional circumstances academic staff may obtain refunds for personal purchases of books or other material which they intend to purchase and place in the Library. In all such cases prior approval from the Library will be required - no refunds will be provided without this prior approval. Please contact bookorders@abdn.ac.uk detailing the item(s) you require to purchase and stating why they cannot be acquired through our standard acquisition procedures

Reading List Material

Reading list material 

  • Teaching staff should send their reading lists to the library for checking purposes well before the start of the relevant session (before 1st September for the start of the new academic year).

  • Library staff will check that material on the lists is in stock and will notify teaching staff of any problems.

  • Library staff are also happy to transfer popular material to either the Heavy Demand Collection for overnight loan or to 3 day loan. Again this should be done in plenty of time.

Further Information on Departmental Library Budgets

Library Guide here