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Electronic books (e-books)

Guide to finding, using, and citing e-books at UCL.

Copying and printing content from e-books

Copying and printing from electronic resources is governed by copyright law and the licences that UCL signs. As a general rule, you are permitted to copy or print one chapter or 5%, whichever is greater, and you must abide by UCL's terms and conditions of use. In addition, some e-books use technical measures (DRM or Digital Rights Management) to set the amount that you can copy or print per e-book, and some platforms disable the copy and print functions on downloaded content.

EBSCOhost e-books

To print pages from an e-book on EBSCOhost, first view PDF Full Text.

Screenshot showing PDF Full Text link highlighted

Then select Print Pages on the top right of the menu bar. This will show you how many pages you can print, depending on the publisher's specifications.

Screenshot showing Print Pages option highlighted


In Kortext, you can view the print allowance of an e-book by clicking on the printer icon found on the tab on the left hand side of the online reader:

Screenshot of the printing tab in Kortext. Relevant part reads: You have 92 pages left to print. You can submit a max of 20 pages per print request for this title. Please note - clicking print will decrease your print allowance. Limits on the content that can be printed are set by the publisher.

ProQuest Ebook Central

In ProQuest Ebook Central you will see the download / print and copy allowance displayed on the e-book details page:

Screenshot of an e-book details page in Ebook Central. Relevant part reads: 49 pages remaining for copy (of 49), 97 pages remaining for PDF print/ chapter download (of 97).


In VLeBooks, the copy and print allowance is displayed alongside the e-book details. This allowance can differ between e-books.

Screenshot of an e-book details page in VLebooks. Relevant part reads: Print allowance 40%, Copy allowance 40%.