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About the Emory Libraries ebook collections available to Emory students, faculty, and staff

Requesting e-books

During the current remote environment we are offering more e-book options for faculty, students and staff!

You can search DiscoverE for our subscribed content to most of these collections or go directly to their platforms. Databases@Emory also contains links to most our e-book collections! Note that once in many of these databases, you may want to limit (usually via a click box) to items to which we have access. Want a print title in e-format that's in the Stacks? Let us know! Contact your subject librarian or use the purchase request form.

Textbooks and Classes

Keep in mind that textbooks are difficult for libraries to acquire in digital forms. Rental options, through the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, may be the best option for some students to access textbooks. Also, remember that Wiley, Oxford, Springer, Cambridge and Routledge all produce a variety of handbooks, companions, and surveys which can serve as course texts freely accessible to you and your students. Again, see our e-book guide for more details as to the availability and access to these collections. Consider Open Educational Resource options as well.

Please allow time for the exploration of possible options when preparing your course, so that we can determine what e-book options are available, and maximize use and availability!

It is also good practice to check links and access prior to assigning texts for class, as e-book package content can change (particularly for subscription databases).

Key E-Book Resources and Collections


Leisure Reading

  • Overdrive (sign in to make requests). Note that these are 1 user titles and NOT ideal for Reserves.

Open Library

  • Open Library from the Internet Archive. Just copy and paste the title from discoverE into the search box, and see if it is available. Note that if the title is unavailable, please contact your subject librarian for other options. The Internet Archive and participating libraries have selected digitized books from their collections that are available to be borrowed by one patron at a time from anywhere in the world for free. These books are available in BookReader for mat and usually in PDF and ePub formats. You can choose which format you prefer as you complete the borrowing process. BookReader editions may be read online immediately in your web browser. No special software is required. Other Internet Archive loans are managed through Adobe Digital Editions and will require software installation on your computer or device. You can borrow a title to read online for 1 hour, or check it out for a period of 14 days. Even if the title is checked out, you can still read online for the 1 hour.


How do the Libraries Make E-Books Accessible?

The Libraries purchase and make e-books access in a number of ways. Preference is for e-books without restrictions, where possible and feasible:

Demand-Driven Acquisition

(titles made accessible and purchased on demand/as used)


Evidence-Based Acquisition

(pool of titles made accessible and then an agreed to sum of titles purchased at end of term)

Cambridge, Wiley, Sage

Individual Title Purchases

Consortial Purchases (titles made available as part of membership in educational consortium, such as GALILEO EBSCO and ProQuest Academic Book Collections (backlist)
E-Book Packages/Collections (individual collections, oftentimes individual titles not available for purchase) Springer e-book collections
E-Book Subscriptions Safari




JSTOR is one of our most popular platforms for e-book access (primarily university press), as it integrates well with the JSTOR journal archive and allows for chapter downloads! Many of these book titles replicate our print holdings, but moving ahead many of these university presses will only be available in e-formats. Unfortunately, we do not have the fundings to completely replicate the print holdings! If you currently see a title in JSTOR that indicates we do not have access, you will see the following prompt:

(1) Many university press titles are also available via EBSCO or ProQuest. Look for "Access Online" in the catalog.

(2) If not available electronically, please click on "Locate/Request" a copy.

(3) If not available from either source, please contact your subject librarian to add to the collection OR

(4) Request the print (if in Atlanta), or use the ship to home option. See these options!