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Guide on Using and accessing the eBooks at BHI Libraries


Dear staff members and students -

If you need help with library databases, streaming videos, eBooks or learn about research process we can provide individual or group consultations, visit the library to meet your librarians or ring or email the librarian to organise suitable time to have session with you.
Teaching staff,

                        please bring your class group to the library for library orientation session.
                       We can come to your class for research skills / referencing session.
                      talk to us  if you need to find any resources for your assignment

                       visit us if you have any doubts on referencing.

We have a collection of physical materials such as books and other resources as well as online materials for your benefit.

Click Catalogue for Library resources.

Click Box Hill Institute Library  for library website

eBooks - Basics

Electronic books or eBooks are available in full text on-line. We subscribe to several collections of eBooks.

Ebook Central eBooks - over 800 eBooks on various categories.

Informit eBooks - over 300 predominantly Australian eBooks.

Ebscohost eBooks - wide range of eBooks via Ebscohost subscriptions

ScienceDirect eBooks - selected science related titles. Look for "open access" books to read free. 

Ebsco eBooks - selected eBooks on various categories.

Oxford reference online - dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference titles over 300, on a variety of topics.

Use the following link to access all these collections. e-Books

You may need to login with your Box Hill Institute ID and password for some of the collections.

Most of the ebooks from the above collections are subject to copyright.

Benefits of using ebooks:

  1. Instantaneous access from any location with Internet access via StudentWeb
  2. Many ebooks are downloadable to your computer and/or smart phone/tablet device.
  3. Ebooks are portable. open it in a laptop, notebook or any device of your choice via Wi-Fi.
  4. unlimited numbers of people can access at one time.
  5. Can contain audio, video, and animations which can enhance the explanation.
  6. Can search, copy and print (some limits apply).

Usually ebook files will be available in either PDF or ePub format.


Generally etext books have quizzes, interactive facilities and learning materials. Many textbook publishers do not licence etextbooks to academic libraries with unlimited access; this situation may change in future. eBooks in this category are often available for purchase by individuals.