Not every book can be an ebook

It is a sad fact universally acknowledged that unfortunately, not every print book in our collections or out there in the world is actually available as an ebook! So what can you do to source a digital copy of an essential book, when the library print collections are not accessible due to Lockdown rules?
Firstly, double check on DiscoverEd for the title you need. You can filter your search results by “online resource”.
Then consider whether the Scan & Deliver service could be useful, if you just need one chapter, or 1 journal article. Please note that due to UK Copyright law and the CLA licence under which all Higher Education institutions operate, we are only permitted to copy 10% of a book, (or 1 chapter, whichever is greater), or 1 journal article from a journal issue. This is not an arbitrary decision by the library! You can see more about Copyright restrictions here:
Consider using the Inter Library Loan service to get digitised journal articles or book chapters.
If you need a complete book, consider whether you can purchase a cheap second hand copy, eg using abebooks or another out of print book seller.
You could also try the various online archives of (usually out of print) books. Here is a list, in no particular order:
1: World Digital Library
2: Project Gutenberg
4: Internet Archive
5: Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
6: Open Textbook Library
8: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
For more information about open access educational resources and advice, take a look at the University of Edinburgh Open.Ed resource.
You could also explore the digital collections of the British Library and the National Library of Scotland.
If you are feeling very stuck please do contact your Academic Support Librarian for help.

Free open access book: Drawing Futures: Speculations in Contemporary Drawing for Art and Architecture

UCL Press has launched a brand new open access book: Drawing Futures: Speculations in Contemporary Drawing for Art and Architecture, edited by Laura Allen and Luke Caspar Pearson.
Drawing Futures brings together international designers and artists for speculations in contemporary drawing for art and architecture.
Despite numerous developments in technological manufacture and computational design that provide new grounds for designers, the act of drawing still plays a central role as a vehicle for speculation. There is a rich and long history of drawing tied to innovations in technology as well as to revolutions in our philosophical understanding of the world.
In reflection of a society now underpinned by computational networks and interfaces allowing hitherto unprecedented views of the world, the changing status of the drawing and its representation as a political act demands a platform for reflection and innovation. Drawing Futures will present a compendium of projects, writings and interviews that critically reassess the act of drawing and where its future may lie.
Drawing Futures focuses on the discussion of how the field of drawing may expand synchronously alongside technological and computational developments. The book coincides with an international conference of the same name, taking place at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in November 2016. Bringing together practitioners from many creative fields, the book discusses how drawing is changing in relation to new technologies for the production and dissemination of ideas.
A limited number of print copies of this book are also available from
It will also be available as an open access title via OAPEN library and JSTOR.
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