Thousands of Italian ebooks available in LibrarySearch

In the light of increasing numbers of Italian language ebooks becoming available and the growth in ebook production in Italy, we have set up a facility whereby our readers can easily recommend such titles for purchase.

The University Library has signed up for a mediated patron driven acquisition scheme (PDA) making 13,000+ ebook titles available for users to recommend for purchase. This scheme is available now and will run for the foreseeable future. This is how it works…

Records for the entire Italian-language ebook content hosted on Casalini’s Torrossa platform are searchable in LibrarySearch. Each title is recognizable by the gold ebook icon and clickable text “To suggest this title for purchase please follow the online link and click on the lightbulb icon”. An example is shown below.


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You will be taken to the details of the title on the Torrossa ebook platform, where you will be able to view brief bibliographic details of the title, read an abstract, and view a sample page.


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To recommend this title for purchase, please click on the lightbulb icon lightbulbnear the top right hand side of the screen, this will open up a blank form where you are able to write your reasons for recommending the ebook and leave your contact details, preferably name, email address and barcode. Click on ‘Send’ to email this form to the University Library’s Italian Specialist for consideration. If approved for purchase the ebook will be available within 5 working days of your request. You may be contacted by the Italian specialist for further details if required.

Once an ebook is purchased, access to it is available both on and off campus (with a Raven login), for unlimited concurrent users. Entire titles can be downloaded for 14 days at a time, after which time they will disappear from your device. You are free to download entire titles as many times as you require, and you may print and save sections within permitted copyright limits.

An owned ebook title on the Torrossa platform displays a green PDF icon, alongside View and Downloads buttons at the top of the screen.




The University Library already owns the 2014 and 2015 publications of the Language and Literature, Cinema and Theatre, and Cultural Studies ebook collections hosted on Torrossa, so these 266 titles are already available for registered Cambridge users and can be found in LibrarySearch.

Do please contact us if you have any comments or queries. We hope that this facility will prove to be a valuable asset and that it will help develop our Italian collections.

Bettina Rex.


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