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Ebooks at the UGA Libraries

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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

  • computers
  • laptops
  • tablets
  • e-readers
  • smart phones

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 ""

Forgot your MyID and/or password?

Don't have a MyID? Login with the GALILEO password that you can get in your library account. Once you have the password, go to this page to login. Contact Access Services at 706-542-3256 if you have trouble accessing your library account. The password changes every semester.

About this guide

This guide was created by the 2013 UGA Libraries Ebooks Group (Deborah Stanley, Carla Buss, Patrick Reidenbaugh, Amber Prentiss, Cynthia Prosser, and Chair, Robin Fay).