EU being a largely online university where students are not on the university campus most of the time, rather than having hard copy books in the library, the university has set up a fully functional electronic library (e-library).
The e-library will make library resources available in electronic format wherever it is appropriate to do so, taking into account teaching and research needs, cost effectiveness, technical requirements, user authentication and licensing and preservation issues.
EU has also subscribed to several printing and publishing companies that provide a collection of e-books1. E-books have been with us for a while with sites like Project Gutenberg and Google Books generally offering titles that are free of copyright restrictions (and free to download). More academic journal content is online through e-library databases. The university has setup an e-library eelouniversity.org which is a collection of e-resources available for use and also a collection of links to all available open access journals, e-books and other databases relevant to teaching, learning and research at EU.
This policy guides the collection, use and distribution of the e-resources that are cataloged under EU’s e-library. The policy aims to provide appropriate access to resources in support of the research and learning priorities at EU.
The e-library will ensure that the E-library’s collection of electronic resources is appropriate to support and advance the teaching, learning and research activities of EU. The e-library will collect, record, preserve and make available published materials, which support the courses taught by EU.
Freely available e-books and other texts will be added to the e-library catalogue if the content is relevant to teaching or research at EU.
EU shall subscribe to an aggregation platform provided by an e-book service provider through which EU’s students can access and download e-books.
The e-library will purchase and make available research tools (e.g. bibliographies and reference works) to support the teaching and research needs of EU. Any content that is recognizably ‘book-like’, regardless of size, origin or composition, but excluding serial publications, made available electronically for reference or reading on any device
Overlaps with existing subscriptions will be kept to a minimum. Where there is substantial overlap with other electronic resources the dis-continuation of subscriptions for overlapping electronic resources may be considered.
Freely available databases, negotiated will be made available where they support the teaching and research needs of EU Where necessary as agreed by the university council, new journals will be purchased in electronic format only.
Electronic versions of books will be purchased as additional copies for books in high demand where they are available
The e-library will accept donations of material relevant to our collections
The e-library will purchase any new title in the electronic version where such a resource is available electronic format.
The e-library will identify and subscribe to major re-known journals and provide its students access to the journals Full text materials will be made available where copyright allows otherwise the reference details can be deposited and a link to the online location of the research paper will be included (if available)
Usage of e-resources will be monitored and databases with low usage may be cancelled Price increases and changes of supplier or content may result in cancellation of subscription
Access to e-resources
The e-library will make its collections and services available to students and academic staff of EU and to others as far as resources permit and with regard to copyright legislation.
Access to EU’s e-resources will be strictly to only registered students and teaching staff of EU. The public may have access upon request to open and freely distributed materials.
Computers will be made available to provide access to e-resources for users who will be physically present at the university campus.
The e-library will provide access for EU’s students and staff in as user friendly manner as possible, adopting new technologies as appropriate new resources will be added to resource discovery tools and catalogued as required
Some of our electronic resources may not be available to visiting readers under the terms of our user licenses with the publishers.
E-library resources may be copied in accordance with copyright law.
Reproductions of items from the e-library’s collections may be requested by students/staff by contacting the Directorate of ICT, Quality Assurance and E-library Services. For material in the dependent libraries, please see their websites.