What are eBooks?
An e-book, also known as an electronic book or digital book, is a book that exists in electronic form, whether it started as a print book or not. E-books can be downloaded in part or full depending upon their license. Some e-books are available online only (similar to how you access streaming music but using a interface or reader app instead of a music player) or app. eBooks are digital versions of books that the library may or may not own in print.
E-books offer instant access to the content and the word-search function makes it easy to find the specific information you are looking for within the text.
Library eBooks may be read online without any special software, or downloaded to a computer using Adobe Digital Editions.
You can read UGAs e-books on many devices, including
You can access ebooks through the University of Georgia's library catalog, GIL, which has 3 different interfaces : GIL Classic, GILFind, and Multisearch (searches across multiple databases including GIL).
To use our GALILEO databases, e-journals, and e-books from off-campus and some UGA wireless networks, you'll be prompted to log in with your MyID and password. Your MyID is your UGAMail address minus the "@uga.edu."
Don't have a UGA MyID? Visit or contact Access Services to find out if you are eligible to have a library account created for you: