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Healthcare Education: Books and E-books

Books and E-books

  • The number of items you can borrow will depend on your borrower category. 
  • You can borrow most items for one week and these will be automatically renewed for you each week until someone else needs the item and requests it, or after 12 months.
  • You will only be fined if you do not bring the item back when it is recalled by another user, or if you do not return the book to the library after 12 months.
  • Further information: Borrowing from the Library 

A module reading list is usually a list of books and other information resources compiled by the module co-ordinator to support your study of a module.

Where can I find my reading list?


You can find the reading list for a module you are studying in Blackboard.

For 2022-2023 Reading Lists (for 2023-2024, see below)

  • Visit the module in Blackboard and click the Reading List link in the module menu on the left-hand side
  • In the page that appears click on the link to the reading list, and the list will open in the Aspire Reading Lists system


For 2023-2024 Reading Lists

  • Visit the module in Blackboard and the Reading List will appear in the top six items within Course Content
  • Click on the Reading List (pile of books image) and it will open in the Aspire Reading Lists system

Find out more about your Aspire Reading Lists.


You can also view your lists directly in the Aspire system at  

Enter the module code and/or name.

Find out more by visiting the Aspire reading list webpage.

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 or filter to match your own criteria. 


If the book is available to borrow, Primo will state this information giving the floor location and classmark details. 

On loan

If the book is not available to borrow and on loan to another user, Primo will state this information.

Recalling a book 

You can recall a book that is on loan. For instructions on how to recall (request) a book that is on loan with another user, see FAQ 814

Online access

If the item is available in electronic/online format, Primo will state this.

Key areas for nursing are found on Levels E of the Hugh Owen Library.

Level E

Q Science (general)

QM Human anatomy

QP Physiology

QR Microbiology

R Medicine (general)

RA Public aspects of medicine

RC Internal medicine

RC440 Mental Health Nursing

RC521 Dementia

RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology

RS Pharmacy and materia medica

RT Nursing

Level F

BF Psychology

To search for books/e-books or journals/ejournals keep the search as Libraries (the default search). This search will look for:

  • physical items in campus libraries: books, journals, newspapers, pamphlets, DVDs,e-books, e-journals and other electronic information sources to which AU subscribes (searches for ebook/ejournal titles not individual chapters/articles within).

The Library Collection lockers are located on Level D of the Hugh Owen Library.  These lockers provide contactless, secure checkouts for books, equipment and other requested items. Library users will be informed by e-mail when requested items are ready to be collected from the lockers.

You will need your Abercard to access the lockers. 

Users can choose to collect items from an accessible height locker. How can I request that my books are placed in an accessible height library collection locker?

Click and Collect FAQS 

A chapter digitisation service has been introduced to support your studies.

More information on the service and the online request form can be found 

Here is an FAQ with details on how to request a chapter: 

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. 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 Full text online in the Tweak my results menu on the left to display results for ebooks only.

If we have access to an electronic version of a book, the Primo record will state Online Access

All our e-books can be found on Primo, alternatively you may prefer online browsing the 'Nursing' titles offered by one of our main e-book providers ProQuest Ebook Central 

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.