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E-books and E-book Collections: Home

E-Books at NU Library

NU Library owns or subscribes to over five hundred thousand e-books individually or in packaged collections.  Use the library  Scholar OneSearch discovery system to identify and link to individual titles by keyword, title or author.

Faculty members may place e-books on course reserve in the library.


The E-book collections described here come from a variety of vendors and publishers, and each has its own look and feel.   However, most have some functions in common, such as:

  • Browse the collection by title or topic

  • Search the collection 

    • options may include keyword searching of the full text, or limiting to a specific field, such as title, author or subject.

    • caveat: In some cases, search results will display non-subscribed titles.  Look for options to limit to subscribed materials or symbols indicating level of access.  You may be able to acquire non-subscribed content in hard copy through the library's interlibrary loan services.
  • Search for a keyword or phrase within a selected book

  • Browse a selected book by table of contents

  • Personalization options, such as:

    • save searches

    • create a bookshelf

    • annotate a book, adding highlighting and notes

  • Books can be read in a browser and in some cases can be downloaded for a specified borrowing period to compatible e-book readers.  Specifics are noted in the descriptions of individual products.

  • In most cases, printing and downloading are limited.  Specifics are noted in the descriptions of individual products.

  • Books in e-book collections are cataloged in the library catalog Scholar OneSearch.

E-Book Devices

Questions about E-books?

Ask a librarian

You can get in touch with a reference librarian any time.  Visit us at the Research Help Desk on the first level, Snell Library, next to the Help and Information Desk or contact us by phone, text, chat, or email

Subject Guides

See the individual subject research guides created by librarians for links to more e-books.