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E-Books

A guide to e-book collections in UVic Libraries

Google Books

Google Books is a digital repository of millions of books. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.

If you need to read the full text of a Google e-book that has limited or no preview, search Summon or the Library catalogue to locate a UVic Libraries link to another e-book format, or a call number to a print copy. If we do not have either, consider making  an Interlibrary Loan request.

Hathi Trust Digital Library

Hathi Trust Digital Library is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than 100 partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.

Due to copyright restrictions, some titles may be restricted in Canada. 

If you need to read the full text of a Haithi Trust ebook, search Summon or the Library catalogue to locate a UVic Libraries link to another e-book format, or a call number to a print copy. If we do not have either, consider making an Interlibrary Loan request.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive offers over 15,000,000 fully accessible e-books. You can read the full text of these e-books and download in a variety of formats without restriction. A special modern collection of over 1,500,000 accessible e-books is also available for users with print disabilities.