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Ebooks@UGA: About ebooks

A guide to finding, reading and downloading ebooks at the UGA Libraries

Ebooks Access during COVID-19 Crisis

  • Ebooks for Class Use: If the UGA Libraries currently don't have an ebook that you need, we may be able to purchase an ebook for your class readings, papers, or projects. Please fill out the Suggest a Purchase form. Some e-textbooks and other ebooks are excluded from purchase by libraries.
  • HathiTrust Digital Library  Emergency Temporary Access Service: The HathiTrust Digital Library is a digitized collection of books, journals, and other items from major research libraries. During the COVID-19 crisis, HathiTrust is offering temporary access to digitized copies of items that UGA or other USG libraries own in print. About 40% of the UGA Libraries' print collection is available through HathiTrust. This service is limited to current UGA students, faculty, and staff. Log in with your UGA credentials for full access. Books currently available to you through the Emergency Temporary Access Service display the label “Temporary Access.” These books can be read online only and cannot be downloaded. You can check out a book for 1 hour. Your access will renew automatically at the end of that hour if you are still actively looking at the book and no one else is attempting to check it out. Through the Emergency Temporary Access Service, we have simultaneous access to the same number of digital copies of an item that the combined USG libraries own in print for that specific item. If the USG libraries hold only 1 print copy on the shelves, then only 1 USG-affiliated user can access the digital book in HathiTrust at a time. 
  • Georgia Open Stacks: The University of Georgia Press has launched Georgia Open Stacks, an online open library of UGA Press books commonly used in college and university courses. The content in Georgia Open Stacks supports online teaching and learning for those with limited access to classrooms, offices, libraries, and other resources during the COVID-19 outbreak. The titles in Georgia Open Stacks range across disciplines, from history and literary studies to geography, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
  • Additional Ebook Resources: Many academic publishers and database vendors are providing temporary additional content to students and faculty during the COVID-19 situation. Please check this list of Extended Resources Available to UGA Affiliates for ebooks provided by JSTOR, Project Muse, ScienceDirect, Cambridge University Press, and other providers.

Welcome to ebooks!

  • You can view ebooks on computers and mobile devices. To access ebooks from off campus you will be prompted to log in with your UGA MyID.
  • To do the best research don't limit yourself to ebooks. We have over 400,000 ebooks, but we have over 4 million print books.
  • You can find ebooks by searching in GIL-Find (our book catalog) or in MultiSearch (books & journal articles).
  • The UGA Libraries subscribe to several different ebook providers. When you click on a link to an ebook, the 'look' of the page will vary depending on which provider it came from.
  • If another UGA user is reading the ebook online or has downloaded it, you may receive a message that the ebook is in use and you will not be able to access it for a period of time. This is like when a print book has been checked out from the library. You can try again later.

You can read ebooks while you are online. See the other tabs in this guide for help with downloading chapters of ebooks or entire ebooks that you can read offline.