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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Finding and Using E-Books

Looking for an e-book? You're looking in the right place!

How to Find E-Books

You can search for e-books using Easy Search or by going to the Library Catalog. Easy Search includes the Library Catalog, IDEALS, various e-book publishers, Google Books, and HathiTrust.

Subject libraries highlight specific e-book resources. For example, see the Grainger Engineering webpage for Safari Computer books, a robust database of titles focused on technology.

Finding E-Books in the Library Catalog

You can access e-books through the Library Catalog

screen shot of library home page pointing to the library catalog link


After selecting Library Catalog, choose whatever type of log in is appropriate from the page below:

screen shot of 3 options for searching the catalog: U of I affiliates,courtesy card holders, or no log in


Type in whatever search words you need into the search box. Once you get your list of results, look on the right side of the screen under the Format heading, and you will see both Book and Electronic. First click on Book, which will limit your results to just books, then click on Electronic to limit your results to only electronic/online books.

screen shot showing what a results list looks like after limiting to Format: Book and Format: Electronic.

Finding E-Books with Easy Search

Start at the Library homepage and begin your e-book topic search in the Easy Seach box. On the results page, select "Ebook Matches" beneath the Library Catalog results: 

Library Catalog e-book search