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Books Introduction

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Books and eBooks

The Library has many printed and electronic books available to support your course, and electronic books are available off-campus 24/7!

Books provide an excellent overview of a topic and are a great resource when starting an assignment.

Make sure you are using the most recent edition of a textbook where possible.

Some chapters from books will be available electronically via online reading lists on your SOL units. 

a star Always check your unit reading list for recommendations!

Borrowing Books


icon of a bookHow many books can I borrow?

All Solent students and staff can borrow up to 25 items.


Your books will automatically renew for up to 52 weeks (provided they are not requested by another library user). 

Finding Books

icon of a magnifying glass How do I Find Books?


Use the Library Catalogue to search for books and ebooks. 

  • To find a particular book: enter the author surname and a couple of words from the title 
  • To find books on a topic: enter some terms and refine your results to Books using the Resource Type option on the side. 


For printed books:

  • Note the number and floor for each item and find them on the shelves.
  • If the book you want is checked out, click on the Locations tab, sign in with your University login and place a Request. You will be emailed when it is ready for you to collect.

For electronic books: 

  • Use the Available Online link and follow the instructions provided. 
  • Most ebooks are available off campus - just login with your University email address and password. 
  • If you only want to see ebooks, refine your results to Online Resources. 


Engineering books

The main print book stock for engineering is on Floor 1B, if you wish when using the library catalogue, you can refine your results to this floors, via the Refine your results area in the right hand menu, so they are Active filters  

Mechanical engineering catalogue search