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We subscribe to dozens of ebook packages, giving you access to millions of titles online. See a list of all of our ebook collections.
If you're a student, check your student booklist on the UA BookStores' website (see "How do I access my booklist?" under Textbook FAQ). For each textbook, select Check UA Library for ebook ». You can also look in the Library Tools on your D2L Brightspace course sites. Course ebooks will be featured in the upper right corner.
If you're an instructor and you submit your required course materials through the UA BookStores' textbook adoption process on time, the library will automatically check for an unlimited-user ebook version of your required textbook(s). We buy these whenever they're available. Unfortunately, ebook licensing works differently for academic libraries than it does for individual purchases. Publishers don't make most titles available to us as unlimited-user ebooks for course use. If you have questions about a specific title, please contact your librarian or Cheryl Cuillier in Content & Collections.
It's very important for instructors to submit required textbooks through the UA BookStores' textbook adoption process each term, even if the ebook is available for free student use through the library (instructors should add a note about library ebook availability when submitting the textbook adoption form -- this helps the BookStores avoid buying too many copies).
The library does not have textbook reserves and textbooks are unavailable through interlibrary loan.
All ebooks are laptop and desktop friendly. Offline reading on mobile devices is possible with the following apps:
Each individual ebook contains information about device support.
The number of simultaneous users varies for individual ebooks. We buy unlimited-user access for courses whenever possible. Sometimes, only one person at a time can use an ebook. Please contact your librarian or Cheryl Cuillier in Content & Collections if you have questions about a specific title, especially for course use.
For course use, the library can only guarantee access to unlimited-user ebooks. Students may find ebooks in library search with more restrictive licenses. Students are welcome to use these but should plan ahead to avoid access issues. Turnaways happen when a 1-user or 3-user license exceeds its maximum number of simultaneous users.
To reduce ebook turnaways:
Individual ebooks contain information about downloading, printing, and saving. Some ebooks can be downloaded for a specified period of time. But keep in mind that downloading an entire book may impact multi-user access, and may also require creating an account from the vendor's website and installing additional software.
The number of pages you can print or save also varies by provider. In general:
EBSCO Ebook Collection: Print up to 60 pages. Some publishers allow you to download the entire book for up to 21 days. Get help
ProQuest Ebook Central: Print up to 40% of books. Download entire books for 1-14 days, depending on publisher. Get help
O'Reilly (formerly Safari Books Online): You can print individual sections of a book. You cannot download an entire book. Get help
ScienceDirect: Download each chapter (PDF) to print or save. Get help
SpringerLink: Download each chapter (PDF) to print or save. You can also download the entire book. Get help
Wiley Online Library: Download each chapter (PDF) to print or save. You can also download the entire book. Get help
If you're having issues with a screen reader or other adaptive technology, please email the UA's Disability Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also check tips from these major ebook providers: