The University Library has recently subscribed to the Academic Complete collection from Ebrary, a major supplier of electronic books. The collection currently contains the full text of over 30,000 books, a number that will continue to grow over the coming months.
The collection complements our existing e-book collections, and makes available a large amount of background reading in many different subject areas. We will continue to purchase specific e-books from other suppliers (such as NetLibrary) when they are not available in the Ebrary collection.
The Ebrary collection is available both on and off campus, with a University of Surrey Athens password, from the following address: http://site.ebrary.com/Athens. In the coming weeks, we will also plan to add records for all of the individual titles within the collection to the Library catalogue.
Please note that Ebrary requires a small additional program (plug-in) to be downloaded onto your computer in order to access full text.
On campus: The plug-in should already be available on computers within Student Open Access suites on campus. For members of staff with MarkIV computers, the software has been packaged, and can be deployed on request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off-campus: The plug-in can be downloaded quickly and easily from the Ebrary website the first time you login.
Windows: Netscape Communicator 4.77,7.x or newer OR Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x or newer OR Firefox 1.0 or newer (with latest ebrary reader) OR Mozilla 1.7 or newer (with latest ebrary reader). Netscape 6, Opera and other browsers are not supported.
Macintosh: Safari 1.1 or newer OR Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2.3 OR Netscape Communicator 4.77,7.1 or newer OR Firefox 1.0 or newer (with latest ebrary reader). Netscape 6, Opera, Mozilla and other browsers are not supported.
PLEASE NOTE: The Ebrary plug-in is not recognised by proprietary browsers from Internet Service Providers such as AOL or BT Broadband – please use the standard Microsoft Internet Explorer browser instead.