The book catalog identifies books from both our local collection and the state-wide I-Share consortium.
NOTE: The Central Index provides over a million additional free ebooks from the HathiTrust public domain ebooks plus a small number of other ebooks; After your results appear, select "Books" under the Resource Type category on the left to limit to our full text book material. (Short video of how to search the Central Index.)
Below are some additional full text book catalogs that are temporarily open to all researchers during the COVID-19 disruption. These tools provide even greater support for remote learning during our transition of course support to a primarily online mode.
Feel free to contact the library staff for assistance with our resources.
In addition to our book catalogs described above, the following tools provide significant additional ebook content.
Large Free Ebook Library:
The Internet Archive maintains the National Emergency Library, a digitized collection of over 1.4 million older books that includes a strong high school academy collection and a strong liberal arts college collection. After creating an account, one individual from an institution can read a digitized copy of a physical book already owned by their institutional library.
The Project Gutenberg initiative has hand-typed thousands of public domain books and speeches, and there may be many editions of classic materials.
Internet Archive Digital Library (public domain materials: books, music, videos)
The Digital Library collection is found within the Internet Archive, which digitizes music, videos, and TV News, The database grows by over 1000 books a day, as well as mirrors books from Google Books and other sources. As of July 2014, it hosted over 8 million public domain books, which is far greater than the approximate 1 million public domain books at Google Books.
HathiTrust free public domain ebooks:
HathiTrust maintains the HathiTrust Digital Library. Since 13 October 2008, it preserves and provides access to material scanned by Google, some of the Internet Archive books, and some scanned locally by partner institutions. As of May 2010, it includes about 6 million volumes, over 1 million of which are public domain (at least in the US).
HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service:
Students, faculty, and staff will, upon logging in to HathiTrust, have access to copyrighted titles that the library owns and for which we have been able to identify a match through our ongoing holdings analysis. Users will be able to read the book online, in the web browser, but will not be able to download the work in full.
Our Purchased Ebooks:
See our news resources page for reliable information sources.
Journal articles (all online):
The first tool that should be used to locate journal articles is the Academic Search Complete aggregator which contains fulltext articles from 800 core journals across many disciplines. More comprehensive journal coverage is searched using our our Central Index which covers thousands of journals. (Short video of how to search the Central Index.) Finally, in areas such as nursing, business, and education, we have subject indexes that have even deeper coverage and helpful subject guidance.
NOTE: See the Open Access Journal Finder Tools box below for tools that link to additional free Open Access articles on the web.
Open Access Journal Article Discovery Tools
The library provides access to journal articles based upon our subscriptions to journals. However, some "hybrid" journals provide only selected articles freely after authors pay page charges, and our subscription-level resolver does not locate these random articles. The following tools will discover these random articles located across the web, on publisher sites, in government repository sites, in Institutional Repositories, or on personal web pages, The "Search Google for related material" link found in our databases when we do not have a subscription also searches some, but not all, of these sources.
There are several browser extensions or plug-ins you can install that will search compiled collections of open access articles, as well as search the internet for an open access version of a desired article.
Electronic books provide a variety of options, some familiar from paper books, and others unique to the electronic format.
Some options exist for all versions of ebooks - while some options only exist when you are using an online version (as opposed to downloading to a reader or workstation).
Enhanced options (using either downloaded or online access):
Enhanced navigation options (when using online, NOT after downloading):
Electronic books can read read online or can be downloaded to local devices. Reading ebooks online provides readers with more powerful connections and links to related resources. Downloading makes reading possible when off-line. Both options allow for highlighting, printing, and bookmarking.
If you intend to download portions of ebooks you will need to have the appropriate software, which may differ depending upon the ebook platform. The instructions below should assist most readers in obtaining the basic software required.
1. If you will be downloading an eBook, create an Adobe ID. The programs required to read most of our eBooks will require you to connect an Adobe ID account before you can download anything.
2. Download an appropriate reader program. For PC or Mac, you will want Adobe Digital Editions. This program is similar to Adobe Reader, with the addition of Digital Rights Management. If you are using an iOS or Android device, try Bluefire eReader. There are a number of other free ePub readers for Android as well, and ebrary has published an app for reading their ebooks.
3. Search for an ebook, check it out, or download it. Depending on the device, you can download directly, or download to your computer and transfer it to your device.
See the free materials found in the Bookshare catalog (for alternative formats).
LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD.
LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish. Most of the texts are from Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Archive hosts the audio files (for free!).
What's New With the Top 3 Ebook Vendors by Brandi Scardilli in Information Today (March 1, 2017)
|Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library||ALP|
|American Islamic College||AIC|
|Black Hawk College||BHC|
|Center for Research Libraries||CRL|
|Chicago History Museum||CHM|
|College of DuPage||COD|
|Columbia College Chicago||COL|
|Harold Washington College||HWC|
|Illinois College of Optometry||ICO|
|Illinois Math and Science Academy||IMS|
|John A. Logan College||JAL|
|John Wood Community College||JWC|
|Lincoln Land Community College||LLC|
|Loyola University of Chicago||LUC|
|Malcolm X College||MXC|
|Richard J. Daley College||RJD|
|Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science||RFM|
|Saint Augustine College||AGC|
|University of Illinois at Chicago-John Marshall Law School||JML|
|VanderCook College of Music||VCM|
|Wilbur Wright College||WWC|