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Environmental Management and Health

Finding e-books

You can find E-books in a variety of ways.

  • from the Library catalogue
  • From Library Plus
  • From specialist subject databases

Why do I need to search in more than one place? 

  • There are some e-books that you can only find when you search Library Plus and this is related to where we buy them from and where they're indexed
  • Searching the library catalogue for e-books can be useful as it searches more aspects of the e-book.  For example, if there is a contents list in the catalogue record, your search will look for individual chapters, so you often find e-books there that do not come up on Library Plus

Both resources are valid and will not give you identical results.

  • Use the tabs in this box to find more information about how to find e-books.

For more information on using our ebooks see our How to use eBooks guide

Using the Library Catalogue

  • Search for a book using author/title or Keywords 
  • look for Refine this search over to the left of the screen
  • Select e-book from the list

Your results list will now show e-books only

  • click on the title to open up the book's detail page
  • Use the hyperlink below  View online from to open the e-book


Please ensure you are logged into UDo before you follow any links from the catalogue, as it is your UDo login details that allow you access to these resources.

You can also watch this short video to find out more about using e-books via the library catalogue.

Many of our e-books are purchased as large packages of material from specialist e-book providers across a wide range of publishers and subjects.


Watch this short video to find out how to search for and access e-books from Library Plus.

When you add notes to E-books, they are automatically saved on the e-book platform and will be there when you return.  You may want to export these notes.


To export notes from VLebooks,

  • find the book you have annotated and select read online, to open the book.
  • click on the pencil icon at the bottom of the left hand column.  This will show all notes in that e-book
  • Click on the Export button (as highlighted in the image below)


EBook Central

To export notes from EBook Central

  • Go to your Bookshelf on EBook Central.  This will show which titles have annotations in them.


  • Find the title you want to export the notes from
  • Click on the three dots to the right hand side of the title
  • Click on Export notes as shown in the image below

It's worth noting that not all texts are available in e-book format.

The Library cannot digitise or create e-books in-house; they must be purchased via academic suppliers. E-books can only be purchased for institutional multi-user access if the publishers have made them available. Many publishers (particularly those of texts aimed at practioners, as opposed to students) have not made their titles available as e-books.

Some titles will be available for individual e-book purchase (i.e. via Amazon for Kindle) but not for institutional purchase. The availability of an e-book via Amazon or a similar online e-book seller is no guarantee that the title in question will be available for the Library to buy.

Where a book is included on one of your module reading lists, we will try to purchase a copy as an e-book.  You can access th e-books directly from your reading lists.

The Knovel Interactive Electronic Book Library  contains over 2000 electronic reference books on technology & applied science.  Books may be viewed individually or the entire collection searched by subject. It contains books on Environment & Environmental Engineering. Individual books with links are listed in the library catalogue.

You can search for e-books on Google Books, and you may find some are free to read online.  However, some may only include a limited number of pages.

It's a good place to search but you will find far more available to read by using the Library pages.

Finding print books

Use the library catalogue, to search for  books, e-books, print journals, DVDs in the library.

You can search by Author (just the surname) and/or Keyword (e.g. a keyword from the book's title). The catalogue gives you the location of the book (the shelfmark number), number of copies, the type of loan (reference-only or one week loan) and the due date, if a copy is currently on loan. Books can be reserved and renewed via the catalogue. A guide is available to using the library catalogue.


 Books on environmental management and health are not all shelved together. Some of the main library locations are:

Environment & resources (general) 333.7 Water pollution (general & management) 363.7394
Environmental impact assessment 333.714 Contaminated land (general) 363.7396
Environmental management 333.715 Noise (general environmental issues) 363.74
Environmental policy & conservation 333.72 Environmental chemistry 540
Energy resources 333.79 Analytical chemistry 543
Biological Conservation 333.9516 Climate change 551.6
Food law (lower ground floor) 344.04232 Water pollution : ecology 574.5263
Environmental law (lower ground floor) 344.046 Food microbiology 576.163
Housing law (lower ground floor) 344.063635 Health (general medical) 613
Public health (general) 362.1 Occupational health 613.62
Risk assessment: safety 363.102 Epidemiology 614.4
Health & Safety (general) 363.11 Acoustics & noise control 620.2 / 620.23
Radiation (health & safety) 363.1799 Environmental engineering & technology) 628
Food safety 363.1929 Water pollution (technical) 628.16
Housing 363.5 Waste disposal (technical) 628.4
Environmental health (general) 363.7 Pollution & waste (technical) 628.5
Waste management (general) 363.728 Air pollution (techncial) 628.53
Pollution & waste (general) 363.73 Contaminated land (technical) 628.55
Air pollution (general & management) 363.7392 Soil analysis 631.41


If a book you want to borrow is on loan to someone else or is held at another of our Libraries, you can place a reservation via our library catalogue. This means our staff will find the book if it is at another library, or if it is currently on loan the current user will not be able to renew it when their loan period expires and must return it.

When the book becomes available it will be sent to the Library of your choice and held on the reservation shelves for you to collect. You will receive an email to your student email account telling you when the book is ready for collection.

Note: at certain time periods or with particularly popular titles, there may be a queue of reservations. If the book is also available as an ebook we will email you to let you know, in case you prefer to use this instead of waiting.

Books we don’t have can usually be obtained through the inter library loans service (usually from the British Library Document Supply Centre).  Before putting in a request please check our library catalogue.  Inter-library loans are available to students from level 4 onwards.

N.B. We can not provide books on inter library loan for Distance Learning students.

See the Inter Library Loans help page for more information.




The online catalogues of the British Library and  COPAC are very useful for finding out which books have been published. COPAC is a combined catalogue of the British & the other UK National Libraries and large research university libraries.

The catalogues of local public libraries are usually available online.