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One Million Ebooks and Counting: Ebooks For Everyone Part 1

Researchers now have access to over one million ebooks from the University Libraries. Ebooks are an amazing resource that are available to the entire Virginia Tech community. To celebrate this landmark achievement, here is Part 1 of a new series titled “Ebooks for Everyone.”

While the University Libraries may physically change to meet the needs of today’s students, books are still a research mainstay. Our ebook collections provide patrons with unprecedented access, increased searchability of materials, and an expanded coverage of disciplines, languages, and historical artefacts.

Thanks to monies received from the Provost as well as donors, our collection has grown exponentially over the years. Our first major package was 50,000 NetLibrary ebooks (now EBSCOhost ebooks) funded by a donation from the Virginia Tech Athletic Department after a 1995 win at the Sugar Bowl. Since then, the libraries subscribe to large packages from notable publishers like Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley, small collections from university presses, and open access compilations like the Knowledge Unlatched project. Recently, the library acquired over 13,000 university press books on the Oxford Scholarship Online platform, over half of which are in the humanities and social sciences.

Advantages of ebooks include accessibility, especially for distance learners. Don’t have an ereader? No problem! Ebooks can be read directly in your web browser, and are often available to download for offline use. In addition, Newman Library’s circulation desk has a variety of laptops and tablets available for checkout.

Ebooks can be found in databases like Academic Search CompleteIEEE Xplore, and Women and Social Movements in the US, and through ebook platforms like Safari Tech Books and EBL.

To access ebooks using Summon, simply limit your search to books available in online full text.

For questions regarding ebook accessibility, readability and more, visit our LibGuide.

Written by Maria Atilano, Creative Editor

Photo by Nigel Goldsmith, flickr