Using eBooks

How can I search for ebooks at the NCSU Libraries?

You can search for books as you normally would in the NCSU Libraries catalog, then in the left sidebar under "Limit Your Search", check the box for "Available online". Then, in the left sidebar under "Format", select "Book".

What options are available for borrowing (rather than purchasing) eBooks for your own eBook reader?

If you want to borrow popular titles to use on an eBook reader that you own, a good option is to take advantage of the Overdrive program offered through the Wake County Public Library System. Overdrive "loans" eBooks to library users as whole books that "disappear" at the end of the loan period. Overdrive is now compatible with Amazon Kindles, as well as Nooks and many other eBook reading devices. To use this service, you must have a compatible eBook reader and a Wake County library card.

You also have access to the eBooks provided by NC LIVE for all North Carolina residents.

If you have an Amazon Kindle or a Barnes & Noble Nook, new websites such as Kindle Lending Club (now, LendInk, and Lendle, help facilitate members sharing purchased eBooks with each other.

Can you read NCSU Libraries eBook and e-journal content using your own eBook reader?

Our eBook and e-journal collections consist primarily of scholarly content, and are optimized for reading on computer screens. For the most part, this content can be downloaded in PDF format. PDFs can be read on most devices including both Kindles and Nooks, BUT, the resulting PDF will be an image, not text, and not optimized for eBook readers. You will need to do the best you can to adjust the size of the PDF in your eBook reader so that you can read it.

Don't have your own eBook reader?

Learn how to borrow one from the Libraries.