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eBooks and eAudiobooks: General Information & eBook Resources

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How to Find eBooks at UW Libraries

UW Libraries offers ebooks on a variety of subjects. You can search for ebooks using the library catalog, or you can go directly to the ebook platform of your choice.

Digital Rights Management

Many publishers and vendors of ebooks use Digital Rights Management technology to limit copying, printing, and sharing

Adobe Digital Editions is required for some ebook resources, in order to download an entire ebook (chapters or sections are often available in standard PDF format). 

eBook Resources

UW patrons can access ebooks licensed by UW Libraries on the following platforms:

Additionally, the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) provides a centralized listing of freely available academic ebooks that can be accessed by anyone at no charge.  

A Note on User Limitations

UW Libraries purchases ebooks as single-user, multiple-user, or unlimited-user titles. Below is a breakdown of potential user limits:

Ebook Central: titles are unlimited use, single-user, three simultaneous users, or 326 uses per year. Please note: ebrary is now a part of Ebook Central.

EBSCOhost: titles are single-user, three simultaneous users, or unlimited use.

Be Sure to Check Your Browser!

Users are allowed to read chapters and sections of most academic ebooks online, and mobile devices with browser capabilities are compatible with most academic ebooks.

That said, before you begin reading ebooks online, check your browser for the following:

  • JavaScript enabled
  • Cookies enabled
  • Pop-ups allowed or 
  • Site is added to safe sites or exceptions

Please note: if you use a firewall or security software, you might need to modify your device's configuration.