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Geography and Earth Science: Books and E-books

Books in the Library

To find out if a specific book is available in the Library, visit Primo and sign in.  In the search box enter one or two key words from the title and the surname of the author. When the search results appear you can choose to click Books in the Tweak my results menu on the left to display results for books only.

If the book is available to borrow, Primo will state this information giving the floor location and classmark details. For example: Available at Hugh Owen Library Level E (QH308.7.W7 Qto).

If the book is not available, Primo will state this information: On loan but you may request the item. Instructions on how to request a book that is on loan can be found here.  

Shelf Locations

Books for Geography and Earth Sciences can be found in the Hugh Owen Library

Key areas on level F:
G Geography (general)
G141 Historical Geography
GA Mathematical Geography
GB Physical Geography
GC Oceanography
GE Environmental Sciences
GF Human Geography
HF Economic Geography
HT Urban Geography

Key areas on level E:
QE Geology / Earth Sciences
QH Natural History
RA Medical Geography & Climatology
SB National Parks
SD Forestry
TD Environmental Technology


Aberystwyth University libraries subscribe to a wide range of e-books and e-book collections. We have 1000s of e-books and our collection is regularly growing . You can access our e-books via Primo. If we have access to an electronic version of a book, the Primo record will state Online Access. 

Click here for further information and for instructions on how to find, open, read and print e-books found in Primo.

More Books

If you can’t find a book you’re looking for in the library, you can place a request for it via the More Books campaign (Students only). Each book ordered through the campaign will be placed in the library collection.

More information is available here.

Key e-book databases

​Below are key databases for e-books:​

Primo Search

Search In Primo

Off-Campus access

If you wish to gain access to e-resources off-campus, you do not need to install VPN; these can be accessed using the browser based Primo VPN.

You will need to:

  1. Sign in to with your AU username and password. You must keep the browser open while you work. 
  2. Sign in to with your AU username and password - you will be prompted to do this after connecting to Primo VPN

You will then have off-campus access to the majority of AU-subscribed electronic information resources and their full text. If you close your browser you will need to login again.

For further information on accessing e-resources off-campus see FAQ 163 

Document Supply Service

The Document Supply Service allows registered users to request items which are not available in the University Library. We can support staff and students with research and learning by locating and supplying books, chapters, and articles held by other libraries. Information Services will cover the costs of the allocation for the different user groups in all academic departments, subject to available funds.

Click here for further information and to see how many free requests you can order.