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EGIS (Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society): Recommended course reading

How to order books and other recommended reading

At certain times throughout the year we will request that you send us details of any reading recommended to your students as part of their taught courses. This could be mandatory or additional reading - if you suggest to your students they read it, they expect us to have it.

  • Please send your lists in, even if you have sent them in before
    • there may be newer editions
    • eBook availability changes, so something that was not available previously may now be available.
      • we can do these checks for you
    • if any of the items on your reading list are annual subscriptions, we will not know to renew them unless you send your list in/tell us how many students will be using the book (they will not be renewed automatically)
  • Please ensure you have sent your lists to us before you recommend the reading to students
    • there have been instances where students have been told to find resources that are not part of our collections.
  • Please indicate if your reading is essential/core or supplementary/additional reading.

Courses taught at the Edinburgh, Orkney and Scottish Borders campuses and IDL courses

Please email your reading lists to with all of the information below:

  • Title and code of the course
  • Details of the items needed (as much information as possible is helpful, e.g., author, title, edition, ISBN, publisher, year)
  • Number of expected students
  • If any of the students on your courses need accessible format files due to visual or text impairments (we can request accessible format files from the publishers for them to use)
  • If an item is a key/core/essential text (these are the only titles that we will consider for purchase as eTextbooks, rather than the traditional eBook model - see below for more information).

Alternatively, you can use the book order form:

If you want to find out more about eBook models, please see the information below.

Journal articles and book chapters

If the book you wish to recommend isn’t available as an eBook or you don’t require the whole book, then please use our Digital Copies Service to request a PDF chapter. Please also use this service for journal articles that we don’t have online access to:

You can then link to the chapter/article in Canvas.  For further information, see:


Use the search box below to see if we provide access to the items you are recommending:


  • This searches Edinburgh, SBC, Dubai and Malaysia campuses and our online collections
  • Orkney - can also browse the shelves to find books in the ICIT library

Courses only taught at Dubai or Malaysia Campuses

If there are books that you only need to be available for the Dubai and/or Malaysia campuses please contact the libraries directly. They can be contacted at:


If the book is for the Malaysia campus please put “Malaysia campus reading list” in the subject.

ALP students

ALP students have access to our eResources so will be able to use any eBooks/journals on reading lists. We do not purchase print books for ALP libraries and individual ALP libraries are responsible for their own purchasing.

TV, Radio, Film and Videos for Teaching

Staff/students have access to Box of Broadcasts. You can embed clips/programmes from 60+ TV and radio channels into Canvas.  There are also other resources, which are listed here: 


If you have any questions on any of the resources/service above, please get in touch:


See also:

EBook models

Availability of eBooks differs from title to title. The library currently buys eBooks for two main aggregator platforms:

  • Ebook Central
  • VLeBooks

They come in different user models and this can restrict the number of people who access them at any one time. They also usually come with restrictions (Digital Rights Management, or DRM) which limits how much can be copied or downloaded by the student. The publishers set all of these restrictions on a title-by-title level. We also buy eBooks for the publishers’ platforms directly where available and these usually have no restrictions on how many students can use them at once, and are DRM free. This is our preference where available.

Kortext eTextbook model

The eTextbooks which we buy from the vendor Kortext are different from eBooks in that they are sold on the basis of one eTextbook per student. The electronic copy ‘belongs’ to that student for the academic year and they can make highlights and annotations on it. It is a recurring cost each year, unlike our usual eBook purchasing models, and costs can be considerably higher under this route, especially for large cohorts. However, for key texts which aren’t available under the library eBook models it’s a way for us to provide content which we couldn’t previously, and we expect to provide more titles this way in academic year 2021/2022. It’s important that key texts are flagged in your reading lists so that we can try to provide them in this way if necessary. We also need to know approximately the number of students you expect on the course for pricing discussions with the vendors. We realise that numbers won’t be finalised until the start of semester but an indicative number is required.

VLeBooks eTextbook model

his is a new model which we used in semester one as well for some titles. The provider of the VLeBooks eBook platform has been working with a number of key publishers (Wiley, SAGE and OUP) to provide some of their textbooks in this new model. Access is for the whole University rather than specific students and we again pay an annual fee. Again this is only for key texts as the costs can be large but it can be a good way to provide titles that were previously unavailable. As with Kortext titles we need the approximate number of students is required.