The library has lots of e-books for literature and creative writing, which you can access on your PC, laptop or mobile. This is the easiest way to access your book resources this year. This section helps you understand how to find and access e-books on your topic.

Finding e-books

The best place to find individual e-books is LibrarySearch Digital. This shows you only the Library’s digital resources, which include most of our e-books.

You can also search our e-book collections which you may find much easier for browsing subject areas. Here are some useful e-book collections for literature:

Cambridge Companions Online

E-book service that includes access to Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics.

Cambridge Histories Online

Over 300 cross-searchable authoritative volumes on a wide range of historical subject areas, including Literary Studies.

Complete Prose of T.S.Eliot: The Critical Edition

The collected, uncollected, and unpublished prose of T.S. Eliot

Manchester Gothic

An unrivalled collection of gothic literature including 53 books and the Gothic Studies (1999-2018) journal, written by leading names in the field and covering literature, film, television, theatre and visual arts, dating from the eighteenth century to the present.

Manchester Literature Studies

A collection of 157 ebooks and 1 journal, exploring the influence of diverse traditions, histories and cultures on prose fiction and situating authors within their relevant social, political, artistic and historical contexts.

Manchester Shakespeare

Includes 73 books covering a wealth of historical, social and cultural critiques of Shakespeare’s works, plus the works of his contemporaries such as Spenser, Kyd, Marlowe and Lyly.

Oxford Handbooks Online: Literature

A thorough introduction to literary topics, delivered via specially commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading.

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Provides access to the full text of 125,000 books, covering works in the following collections:

  • Pollard & Redgrave’s short-title catalogue 1475-1640
  • Wing’s short-title catalogue 1641-1700
  • Thomason Tracts 1640-61
  • Early English Tract supplement

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Full text of over 150,000 items published between 1701 and 1800, including all significant English language and foreign titles published in the UK and a substantial number from North America.

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers 1500-1700

Produced with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University with the aim of identifying and describing all manner of writing by early modern women from diaries to works of drama. They cover works of poetry, religious writing, autobiographical material, cookery and medical recipes, and accounts.

The Cambridge Edition of the works of Ben Jonson online

Collection of Ben Jonson’s writings, as well as a body of essays and archives for full study of his life and performance history.

Twentieth-Century American Poetry

50,000 poems by over 300 authors, representing the full range of American poetry of the last century representing the full range of American poetry of the last century