Downtime for some eBooks this weekend

One of our eBook providers is doing some maintenance work on the platform this weekend and during this time all eBooks from EBL will be unaccessible.

Down times around the world provided are:

United States (EDT): Saturday, 21 April, 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, 22 April, 3:00 a.m.

United Kingdom (GMT): Sunday, 22 April, 3:00 a.m. through Sunday, 22 April, 8:00 a.m.

Australia (AEDT): Sunday, 22 April, 12:00 p.m. through Sunday, 22 April, 5:00 p.m.

Tokyo (JST): Sunday, 22 April, 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, 22 April, 4:00 p.m.

China (CST): Sunday, 22 April, 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, 22 April, 3:00 p.m.

Click to see what time this maintenance window will occur in your region

We apologise for any incovenience this may cause.

LGBT History month: new books

February is LGBT History Month and, to celebrate, the Llgbthistoryibrary is highlighting some of the many LGBT-related books in our collection including some new ones.

While some of these are more academic or for a specialist audience of researchers, the library also have many more general books on this topic that are queergraphicsuitable for a wider audience.

For example, Queer: A Graphic History by Barker and Scheele describes in a non-fiction graphic novel the development of contemporary thought about sex, gender and sexual orientation and its links to society, biology and psychology.

Happy Together: Thriving as a Same-Sex Couple in Your Family, Workplace and Community by Rostosky and Riggle describes how to manage the stress of same-sex relationships in a world that may or may not be fully accepting of them, creating strong and health relationships while confronting prejudice.


On the topic of bisexuality, Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain, edited by Harrad, presents an anthology of interviews, essays and poems that explore the experience of being bisexual in the UK today.

Neuroscientist Simon LeVay explores progress in the science of why some people grow up to be lesbian, gay or bisexual in Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why (2nd edition), including genetic, hormonal and cellular factors. Meanwhile, the psychology of human sexuality (including but not limited to sexual orientation) is explored in Lehmiller’s textbook The Psychology of Human Sexuality (2nd edition). One book dedicated entirely to LGBT topics is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction by Clarke et al.

The experiences and identity development of young gay men in a changing world of increased (but not total) acceptance are explored by Savin-Williams through a series of interviews in Becoming Who I Am: Young Men on Being Gay.



Finally, for a humorous guide to what it means to be gay, lesbian or bisexual for young people, try This Book is Gay by Dawson.

eBook access problems

We recently launched a scheme that gave you access to a wide range of eBooks which were automatically bought for you if accessed for more than 5 minutes.

This scheme has now come to an end and we are removing all the records for the eBooks that were not bought from the library catalogue. While these records are being removed you may try and access eBooks and be told you can not get access. We apologise for this problem, if this happens please email with the book information and we will investigate for you.

More eBooks now available

The library is pleased to announce the launch of a new scheme to give you access to more eBooks.

We have added lots of new eBooks records to the catalogue for you to take a look at, over 18000, and the preview option lets you look at up to 50 pages for 5 minutes.

If you decide the eBook is not for you simply log out and look for something else.

If you do want to read more simply request access by following the steps on the screen and the library will automatically buy the book for you so you can read it straightaway!

The new eBooks will be found in amongst your search results when you look on the library catalogue, simply do a search for your subject, follow the electronic access links and if you are offered a Preview button rather than Read or Download then it is part of this scheme.

If you have any questions please get in touch at