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eBooks at CSIRO

Learn how to find and access eBooks, with specific guidance and support for the main eBook formats.


CSIRO Library has a wide range of eBooks available. These offer convenient access and enhanced search capabilities over traditional print books. This guide provides an overview of finding and accessing eBooks, with specific help and support for our main eBook platforms.

Intended Audience: it is designed for all CSIRO professionals and research staff and covers:

  • locating and using eBooks
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected eBooks and DRM free
  • downloading and reading content from different eBook platforms

For further help and support, contact Ask a Librarian

Finding an eBook in Discovery

From the Discovery catalogue, search for the title of the book you are after, or search via keywords. Once you have a list of search results, you will need to refine it to display eBooks only:

  1. go to the 'Refine my results' section on the right-hand side
  2. under the availability heading, select Full Text Online
  3. under the resource type heading, select Books
  4. click “Apply filters” 

Viewing an eBook

Select one of the books from the results list to view a detailed preview of the item.  

Select the Online Access option for each title you want to read and follow the link to access the eBook.

hyperlinked text below the online access full text availability heading outlined by a red box

Why are some books not available electronically?

Our library collection policy prioritises the acquisition of eBooks over print editions whenever possible, with a preference for titles that have unlimited user access.

However, there are times when it is not possible to purchase a book as an eBook. This may be because:

  • the title does not exist as an eBook
  • the license restricts use to individuals - such as imposing a restrictive (single or three person) licence
  • the book is only available as an individual purchase