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​Epurchasing for 2015/16 is now closed.

The epurc​hasing scheme makes new ebooks available in LibrarySearch for a limited time.  You can use the extra ebooks for teaching or research during this time, and your usage will choose which ones are automatically purchased for future use. 

We’re responding to student feedback, and trying to make it easier for you to get access to the books you want. In 2014/15, there were 616 rentals and 38 new ebooks purchased.  In 2015/16 we had seperate epurchasing schemes with a subject-specialist focus.  The rentals and purchases for each subject are listed below and as you can see you can make a difference! 

red-dot.JPGBusiness School - CLOSED (141 rentals and 41 new ebooks purchased)​

red-dot.JPGSchool of Arts & Creative Industries - CLOSED (103 rentals and 30 new ebooks purchased)

red-dot.JPGSchool of Computing - CLOSED (19 rentals and 9 new ebooks purchased)

red-dot.JPGSchool of Engineering & the Built Environment - CLOSED (34 rentals and 11 new ebooks purchased)

red-dot.JPGSchool of Life, Sports & Social Sciences - CLOSED (18  rentals and 8 new ebooks purchased)

red-dot.JPGSchool of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care - CLOSED (36 rentals and 23 new ebooks purchased)

red-dot.JPGASPEN - Education - CLOSED (11 rentals and 4 new ebooks purchased)

How does it work?

The extra ebooks will be available when you use LibrarySearch.

These ebooks are not owned by Edinburgh Napier University, but you can use them while epurchasing is open. The ebooks which are read most often will be automatically purchased and will remain available to all students and staff.

What happens when I am using the ebook?

If you find one of the epurchasing books in LibrarySearch, you will see the Preview button below.


When you choose Preview, you will get 5 minutes/50 pages access. At the end of the preview time, you will see a button to Request Access (as below). 


This will give you access to the ebook for a week. You may wish to note the citation details for future reference.

Note: This service runs for a limited amount of time and money. The majority of the Library budget will continue to be allocated based on balancing the needs of different modules, teaching and research. 

Please contact your subject librarian with purchase requests. See Request books.

Questions and feedback

Ask at any Library helpdesk or email library@napier.ac.uk.

If you have feedback on this service, please email library@napier.ac.uk​.