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Library Resources for Teaching Online: ebooks

This guide contains library resources for teaching online classes.

Where do I find ebooks at Rutgers Libraries?

Over 3.3 million ebooks are available via Rutgers Libraries.  To find ebooks:

  • Go to our library website,, and search keywords, subjects, titles, or authors. Use our help guide for additional help searching QuickSearch.
  • After your initial search, narrow your results using the column on the left
    • Under Limit to, select "Available Online".
    • Under Resources, select "Books" and "Book Chapters".
  • Your search will return only books that are available online.

To find out if there are ebooks available to you in your research areas, check out this research guide on ebooks. We have access to ebooks from major publishers such as Springer and Wiley.  Some mega collections such as Proquest Ebook Central which consists of 130,000 scholarly ebooks from various publishers across all academic discipline are also available to Rutgers faculty and students.

If you are not sure how to find ebooks. Contact us via our ask a librarian service or contact your subject librarian today.


Watch this slide show on how to find ebooks (last updated: June 2018)

Increasingly, Rutgers Libraries provides access to a large number of ebook collections from scholarly publishers. You can browse the titles, read the books, download some chapters and print them out.  You can also provide links to individual book title as a course reading.  Some publishers allow you to download the entire book, while the rest of them let you view the chapters online and download some of the pages. 

hints and tips

Due to Digital Rights Management, some publishers require you to download Adobe Digital Edition to read the ebook.  Please note that Adobe Digital Edition is different from Adobe PDF reader.  Some publishers such as EBSCO or Proquest also require you to create an account with them before you can download the ebook. 

If you have difficulties downloading Adobe Digital Edition while using Proquest Ebook Central, an alternative will be to select "Read Online".  Instead of choosing "Full Download," clicking on "Read Online" will allow you to read and download the pages.  "Read Online" does not require the installation of Adobe Digital Edition.

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