The majority of the library’s eBooks are provided via the Dawsonera platform.
You will be taken to a Where are you from? screen. Select “Goldsmiths University of London” from the drop down list.
You will then need to log in via Shibboleth using your campus username and password both on and off campus (i.e. the password you use for email and the VLE).
After logging in you will be taken to a description page about the eBook. In the bottom right hand corner you will see a clickable option to read online and in most cases you will also have the option to download the eBook.
In Read Online mode you can scroll between pages with the down arrow on your keyboard, or by using the scroll bar on the right hand side of the screen. You can also navigate within the book by clicking on the Contents options on the left hand side of the screen, using the Search option to find a particular word or phrase, or by typing a page number into the box above the page. The magnifying glass icons can be used to zoom in and out.
Printing from Dawsonera eBooks
Dawsonera Read Online mode will allow you to print a limited proportion of the eBook by clicking on the “Print” button on the right hand side of the screen. A window will open displaying your print allowance for that book. You can then enter the page range you wish to print.
Copying from Dawsonera eBooks
Dawsonera Read Online mode will allow you to copy a limited proportion of the eBook by clicking on the “Copy” button on the right hand side of the screen. A window will open displaying your copying allowance for that book. You can then choose to select an area of text, or copy an entire page to your clipboard.
Using the notes feature on Dawsonera
You can make notes on a Dawsonera eBook using the “Add notes” bar at the bottom of the page. You can review your notes in the tab on the left hand side of the screen. There are options to Export your notes as a text file, or Share your notes with a fellow student/staff member. The Share option generates an access code, which the other person can enter in the Import box to receive your notes.
To download Dawsonera eBooks on a PC or MAC, you will need to install a program called Adobe Digital Editions, and create a free account called Adobe ID when prompted. Adobe Digital Editions can be downloaded here.
Once you have installed Adobe Digital Editions on your PC/MAC, click the download button.
A pop-up window will appear asking you how many days you would like to download the eBook for. In most cases there is an option to download for up to 3 days, although some eBooks many have shorter download periods. Select your download length, then under Reader Software select "Adobe Digital Editions".
Depending on which browser you are using, you will either be asked to save the eBook file, or the file will appear in your downloads area. Double click on the downloaded file to open it in Adobe Digital Editions.
The first time you use Adobe Digital Editions you will be asked to authorise your computer using an Adobe ID. Using an Adobe ID is not compulsory, but it allows you to download your eBook on to up to 6 devices. If you want to create an Adobe ID follow the link on screen to do so. Alternatively, you can choose to authorise your computer without an ID.
Once this step has been completed, the eBook will open for you to read in Adobe Digital Editions.
Further information about using Dawsonera with Adobe Digital Editions is available here.
There is currently a temporary issue with using Adobe Digital Editions on campus PCs in the library. We are working to fix this issues; please use one of our MACs or your own device where possible.
Please note: It is not possible to print or copy from the downloaded version of a Dawsonera eBook.
Before downloading Dawsonera eBooks onto your mobile device you will need to install an app called Bluefire Reader, and create a free account called Adobe ID when prompted. Bluefire Reader can be downloaded from the Apple App Store (iOS) or the Google Play Store (Android).
When you are logged into Dawsonera (either via the library catalogue or by going directly to www.dawsonera.com) you may request short-term rentals of eBooks which the library has not yet purchased. These titles can be recognised because they have a purple closed padlock symbol, rather than a green open padlock. To request a rental, click the “request rental” button.
You will see the following form. Enter your email address, library card ID (the barcode number from your Goldsmiths card), and rental period.
You will receive an email with the outcome of your rental request.
Please note: Some rental requests are automatically approved, but others require staff approval. The library acquisitions team work office hours Monday-Friday so you may experience a delay if you place a rental request in the evening or over the weekend.