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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 2015/16, the scheme had 351 rentals and 126 new ebooks purchased. ​

Epurchasing subjects are all currently closed in 2018/19:

Red dotSchool of Applied Sciences - CLOSED

Red dotSchool of Arts & Creative Industries - CLOSED

red-dot.JPGBusiness School - CLOSED​

red-dot.JPGSchool of Computing - CLOSED

red-dot.JPGSchool of Engineering & the Built Environment - CLOSED

red-dot.JPGSchool of Health & Social Care - CLOSED

red-dot.JPGASPEN - Education - CLOSED

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 pop-up saying Page limit reached. Click OK and Request Access (as below) to keep using the ebook. 


This will give you access to the ebook. 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. 

Requesting other books

If you need Library​ items for teaching or 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​.