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Are e-books available from the Harvard Library? Thank you

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2012  |  1247 Views

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The Library has just launched an e-reader pilot program.  We've pre-loaded Kindles and Nooks with 50 popular and new-release titles like Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward and Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff.  You can find them in Hollis by searching keyword "ereader;" or you can view a list of all the titles hereThe devices will circulate from participating libraries (Cabot, Countway, Divinity, Kennedy and Lamont) with a loan period of 28 days.  Ask for them at the Circulation desks.

The pilot will run during the spring 2012 semester, with an assessment period at the end of the term.  We welcome patron feedback at

In addition, Widener and Lamont have recently started to order ebrary books, some of which will be available for full download.  You can view ebrary's "Getting Started" page here.

Many more electronic books are available to read online. There are two major ways to find them.

The first method is via HOLLIS. In HOLLIS, just type in your search term. For example: "butterflies" (insert your own topic). When results come up, look on the right side of the screen. There, you can make refinements. You may click on the refinement "online." That will limit to all electronic resources. Next, click on the refinement "books." That will limit those e-resources to e-books, specifically. From there forward, HOLLIS provides direct links to the books (look at the records retrieved in the central region of the page).

Another way is via the Find E-Resources menu. On this menu, click the "Subject" tab. Then, select any subject of interest in the left hand column. After you've selected one, look in the "Resource Type" menu on the right. Select "Electronic book/text collections," and hit "Go." Now you may examine any of the resulting e-resources, searching or browsing inside to find specific e-books.

There is often overlap between the e-books you can discover in HOLLIS and those available through the E-Resources menu route, but not always. If you want to be thorough, check both pathways.

For more information about finding e-books, please see this research guide, or contact Pam Matz, Fred Burchsted, or James Capobianco.

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