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New Student Guide: Library eBooks

This LibGuide is designed for the purpose of supporting students new to Yorkville University in their understanding of the library and its resources.

Open Access eBooks

DOAB is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users to find trusted open access book publishers. All DOAB services are free of charge and all data is freely available.

eBook Borrowing Tutorial

Library vs. Bookstore


First, it is important to know that not all textbooks required for your courses are available through the library. However, for those that are, the distinction is ownership. When you purchase your textbook through the bookstore, you own (or rent) the eBook and can access it anywhere, at any time, based on your level of ownership. Borrowing eBooks from YU's library is just that - borrowing. Different eBooks have different limitations, but these may include page download limits (ie. a maximum of 30 pages), time limits before the downloaded file is automatically returned, etc. While many of the eBooks available through YU's subscriptions are DRM-free with universal access, this isn't the case for all titles.