Library collections

Explore our print and online collections for resources to use in your course material and lectures.


We have a large collection of e-books covering all the disciplines taught at RMIT University. These e-books come from a variety of publishers on a number of different platforms.

If you are interested in using an e-book as a prescribed or recommended text for your students, you will need to ask the Library for advice whether this can be done under the licensing provisions.


There are many different models of e-textbooks. In their most basic form, e-textbooks are screen-rendered copies of print textbooks.

The simplest example of an e-text is a PDF version of a print text, delivering static text and no interactive learning. More complex examples of e-texts include online text enhanced by interactive learning activities and online assessment, such as quizzes.

Library e-books are designed to be 'lent' to users. They are made available for a specified period of time, and access to them will be terminated once the loan period has been reached. While some library e-books can be used by an unlimited number of users at the same time, some have license restrictions so that they can only be used one person at a time, or up to three people.

e-Textbooks are usually designed to be sold to, and used by, an individual student. The license attached to an e-textbook usually prohibits on-sale or sharing of the text. Most e-textbook publishers do not make their e-text titles available to libraries for online lending.

The publisher’s license will determine whether you can use a library e-book as a course e-text. e-Books that allow unlimited simultaneous user access can be used as e-texts. Those that limit simultaneous user access cannot be used as course e-texts unless the Library can negotiate an expanded license at a reasonable cost.

If you are interested in prescribing a library e-book as a course e-text, talk to us about whether the license will support this.

To discover whether a text is available in electronic format, you can:

Email and we will help you identify whether an electronic version of your preferred text is available for your course.

If you are teaching at RMIT Vietnam, please contact the Vietnam Library staff to discuss your e-textbook options.

Video, audio and images

We have a growing collection of online videos, music, and sound. You can stream them to your desktop or device, use them in a class, or include them in your Canvas courses.

You also have access to several sources of licensed images in a variety of subject areas. And the Digital Collections Repository contains RMIT-created and RMIT-licensed images that you can use. These include RMIT images, historical images and Architecture slides collection.

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

There are online reference sources, including dictionaries and encyclopedias that your students can use as a source of definitions, and factual and background information.
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