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E-Book/E-Text Collections

The Library subscribes to approximately 200,000 electronic books/e-texts in many subjects. Most are available in large collections which can be searched through the publisher's interface. Many e-books are also searchable within the Library Catalog. Just click on the "View Online" link provided in the catalog record to access the book.

Electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, style manuals and other reference e-books are listed on the e-Books database page.


View a complete list of e-book collections here


Featured Collections


 

 
eebo logoEarly English Books Online
Facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
 
Ebook LibraryEBL Ebook Library 
Growing collection of ebooks in all subjects. Searchable also through the catalog.
 
ebrary logoebrary Academic Complete 
Over 70,000 fully searchable full-text online books in all subjects. Searchable also through the catalog.
 
eBooks on EBSCOhostEBSCO eBook collection 
Contains over 28,000 books in all subjects. Searchable also through the catalog.
 
Oxford University Press logoOxford Language Dictionaries Online
Latest editions of the Oxford French, German, Italian and Spanish dictionaries.

Oxford Scholarship Online (Philosophy Collection)
Philosophy books from Oxford University Press.
 
safari tech books logoSafari Tech Books Online - Current Editions
A fully-searchable e-reference book library of over current IT books from industry-leading publishers, including: Addison-Wesley, Alpha, Financial Times Prentice Hall, Cisco Press, New Riders, O'Reilly, Peachpit Press, Prentice Hall PTR, Que and Sams.
springerlink logoSpringer eBook Collection -Computer Science 2005-present
A collection of approx. 3000 computer science books from Springer. Most titles are from 2005-2009, some series such as Lecture Notes in Computer Science go back to 1997.
 
statref logoStat!Ref
A collection of approx. 80 current medical books. Searchable also through the catalog.
 

 

Selected Websites With Free E-Books

 

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
Approx.14,000 “classic" public domain documents from American and English literature and Western philosophy.

ATHENA: Literature, Books, & Lists
Texts of classic authors (Rabelais, Voltaire, Zola, etc.). Novels, poetry, drama, essays, philosophy, history.

Complete Works of William Shakepeare
Shakespeare's plays and poetry.

Digital Book Index
More than 165,000 full-text digital on many different subjects, most of which are free.

eScholarship Editions 
Over 770 open access books from academic presses.

Google Books
Google's book search engine. Use the Advanced Search to specify words in title, author, date or publisher.   Access to the full-text is limited. However, classic books in the public domain (published before 1923) can be fully downloaded.

Gutenberg-e
History books reviewed by the American Historical Association. Africa, colonial Latin America, and South Asia, Europe before 1800, Military history and history of foreign relations, History of North America before 1900, Women's History or History of Gender.

Hathi Trust Digital Library
HathiTrust makes millions of digitized book and journal collections available from some of the nation's great research libraries.

Humanities Text Initiative (Univ. of Michigan)
Texts in the humanities, e.g. English language and literature, the Bible, American history, and travel. 

InTech
Large collection of high-quality Science, Technology and Medicine open access publications and textbooks.

Internet Archive: Text Archive
An open-access archive of over 300,000 digital texts in historical collections to provide permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars. Subcollections include Project Gutenberg, American Libraries, Canadian Libraries, Open Source Books, and Children's Library.

National Academies Press
Over 4000 full-text books covering wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health. Reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.

The Online Books Page
The University of Pennsylvania's listing of over a million books available free online.

Online Library of Liberty
Classic works, some going back 4000 years, on art, economics, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, political theory, religion, science, sociology, war and peace.

Librivox
Audio versions of public domain books available for download in .mp3 or .ogg formats. Librivox's goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.

Textbook Revolution
Free E-textbooks and study guides in courses such as business, math, and computer applications. The  books are subsidized by advertising that appears on the digital pages.

Turning The Pages
The British Library digitised some of their most valuable works, such as the first atlas of Europe, the Diamond Sutra hailed as the “oldest printed book,” and the original Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll. A browser-based application enables the reader to leaf through the books, making the illusion of reading a book online more real.

Wright American Fiction 1851-1875
19th-century American fiction. Over 2,800 volumes by over 1,400 authors.