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Ethnic Studies Library Guide to Online Resources: Finding E-Books

Finding E-Books

Finding E-Books

With your UC Berkeley library card, you can access a large number of e-books through UC Berkeley or through open-access sites. For a full overview of how to find e-books, visit the EBooks at Berkeley Library Guide!

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Finding Library-Licensed eBooks at Berkeley

Finding Library-Licensed eBooks

The Library buys and subscribes to both individual eBook titles and collections of eBooks available to campus-affiliated users and members of the public using public-access computers in the Library. Those eBooks appear on various platforms--such as Springer, ebraryEBSCO, and Safari--but you can find eBook titles using the Library's main search tools:

  • UC Library Search is the University of California's unified discovery and borrowing system.
  • Browse our full list of eBook databasesIf you want to search for eBooks in a specific discipline, or those published in a particular time period or place, you might want to search a specific eBook database directly.


Downloading eBooks

Campus-affiliated users and members of the public on library public-access computers can often download some version or portion of library-licensed eBooks, but access varies by platform*. Those users can almost always read the entire book online, and can often download single chapters or a limited number of pages. Sometimes users can download an entire book without restrictions, and other times you can "check out" the eBook for a limited period of time (though the latter may be limited to campus-affiliated users). Many eBook platforms offer PDF downloads, and others require the use of free eBook viewing/reading software. 

Use the tabs above to explore how to access eBook content from a few popular platforms. The following platforms offer full downloads (check-outs) of at least some eBooks in their collections:

* Off-campus access to library-licensed eBooks, like other online library resources, is not available to members of the public. More information on who is eligible to use the proxy server.

E-Book Services

eBook platforms