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eBooks @ Reynolds Libraries

Discover how to find, access, and use eBooks available at Reynolds Libraries

What are eBooks?

eBooks are digital versions of books, delivered online.

For-profit companies provide digital books at a cost. These cost money, either to the user (like Kindle books purchased though Amazon) or to the college or university providing them.


The collections of eBooks provided by Reynolds Library are purchased from for-profit companies by the college for use by students, faculty and staff.

Non-profit organizations also provide digital books at no cost to the end user. They may get their funding from foundations, colleges and universities, or federal, state and local governments.


Using eBooks

The Reynolds Library collection of eBooks comes from different book vendors. Each have their own strengths and limitations, and each is used differently. Check the categories for more detailed info on each collection.

Search. Most of our eBooks are in our catalog with the print titles. Some also can be searched through the databases link (like Springer, Overdrive)

Access and read:

  • Online. Read these in your browser, whether that is on your desktop computer or a mobile devices. Most of the titles offer this option. Some offer a mobile-optimized website or mobile app (example: Safari mobile, SpringerLink)
  • Download. Download to PDF, then print or view offline. Some require Adobe Digital Editions for offline viewing (EBSCO Books).
  • Copy/paste and print. Some vendors offer unlimited printing, and some set percentage limits on books. (EBSCO allows small percentages the books to be printed.) Remember to attribute what you copy, and only print what you really need.
  • Temporary download/borrow. Some books can be borrowed for a short time (like 7 days with EBSCO) and transferred to a device. After their loan expires, they cannot be used and must be downloaded again.

Use books on the go. Each vendor works differently, as does each mobile device.

  • Transfer to Device. Some books can be transferred to a mobile device and used for a period of time. (Example: Overdrive audio transferred to MP3 player via desktop computer.)
  • Device browser (full web or mobile). Large screen tablets like iPads are big enough to be used for reading on the full website. Some vendors offer a mobile-optimized website for smaller screens. (Example: the Safari mobile site, which makes it possible to read computer books on an iPhone.)
  • Download directly to device.
  • App. Some vendors (like Springer and Overdrive) offer a native app to help with the discovery, download and reading of eBooks. Not all vendors or devices are supported, however.


Available eBooks

Reynolds Library Collections

  • eBook Central
  • EbscoHost eBooks
  • Overdrive Audio
  • Oxford Scholarship
  • Safari
  • ScienceDirect
  • Springer
  • Wiley

Other eBooks

Local public libraries offer multiple options for eBook leisure reading. All you need is a library card - which depending on where you live, may be free to you.

Open resources

Many out-of-copyright and donated books are also available online. A few to try: