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e-Books guide

Everything you need to know about finding and using e-books in our Library and beyond.

About Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press has a wide selection of e-books in all subject areas. Cambridge Core is the main platform for academic content, Higher Education is a platform specifically for textbooks.

Titles can be browsed, read online or downloaded to your own computer or electronic device. 

Use the Search option, to search by keyword, author, ISBN and more to locate an e-book. To narrow results to full-text access available to RMIT users tick the "Only search content I have access to" box. Alternatively Browse by subject is also available.

Cambridge Core

Higher Education from Cambridge University Press

In order to access personalised features, print, or read offline, users will need to log in with a Cambridge Core account. If you have a Cambridge Core account, you can login to Cambridge Higher Education using the same details. New users can register here. Textbooks can be read online without logging in to a Cambridge Core account.

Account registration and logging in

Creating a Cambridge Core account enables access to personalised features such as saved searches and bookmarks.

Cambridge Core : reading online and downloading

To access the e-book you have selected, scroll down to the table of contents and click on a chapter title. You will see a series of icons for viewing options, which include HTML (to read online and display the chapter in your browser) and PDF (to download a PDF copy).

To download multiple chapters at once select the chapter tick boxes required, then select Download PDF (zip) from the left side bar menu.

Screenshot highlighting read online and download options

You can also send the PDF documents to your Kindle, Google Drive and Dropbox account.

Higher Education : reading online and downloading

Higher Education provides an enhanced reading experience for textbook content. This includes the ability to read books offline, highlight and bookmark text, make notes and print. To access these features on Higher Education you need to register and login with a Cambridge Core account.

Read online

Select Read this book online from a textbook landing page, or Read online from search results.

Screenshot highlighting Read online and Read this book online buttons

Read offline

The Cambridge Spiral app is required for offline reading. Up to 20 textbooks can be added to the offline reading bookshelf. Add textbooks by clicking the Add to offline bookshelf button on the book page, a confirmation message will be displayed.

Printing and copying

You can print 20% of a book that your institution has access to. To print, read the book online from the Higher Education from Cambridge University Press website and ensure you are viewing the book in single page mode. You will then see a print icon on the top right of the Cambridge Spiral ereader. Click the print icon to print.


You can copy and paste up to 20% of the text from each title you have access to. When you highlight text you will see a Copy button on the annotations tab. This will bring up the copy and paste dialog box with your selected text. The text will be copied as plain text so some formatting will not be retained and depending on your destination you may need to make adjustments to the pasted text.

More information about printing and copying can be found on the Cambridge eReader FAQ.


Please note, printing and download limits per title reset yearly, this is usually calendar year, but can vary from title to title.