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Research Guides: E-books

E-book options in the OSU library catalog

E-books are included alongside print books in the OSU library catalog. OSU library users can access e-books in the following ways:


  • Reading an e-book in a web browser – an option for all e-books in the catalog
  • Downloading PDF files of particular e-book chapters or limited page ranges for indefinite use on desktop or mobile devices (iPad, Kindle, etc.) – an option for many e-books in the catalog
  • Downloading entire e-books in PDF format to a desktop computer or mobile device for a limited time period (1-2 weeks) - an option for certain e-books accessible in ProQuest’s “ebrary” platform


For many e-books in the library catalog, reading in a web browser or downloading PDF chapters is straightforward (see Example 1 below). However, if a catalog link takes a user to the “ebrary” platform (see Example 2 below), downloading book content requires the following extra steps:



Examples of E-books in the OSU library catalog


1. Climate Change and the Law, Erkki J. Hallo et al, editors., Dordrecht; New York: Springer (2013).

  • Link to the e-book and read it in a web browser.
  • After clicking on a specific chapter, notice the “PDF Full Text” link enabling a download of the chapter.


2. Contracts in the Real World, Lawrence A. Cunningham / Cambridge; New York: Cambridge Univ. Press (2012).


For books in the public domain, sources such as Google Books and the Internet Archive offer downloadable versions, often in PDF or EPUB format. Below are examples:



Please contact a reference librarian for assistance accessing e-books.