How do I get to eBooks?
Be sure to search the library catalog when looking for books. The library's collection contains both print and electronic books. When you search the library catalog you will see this symbol next to an entry that is an E-Book.
If you want to access an E-Book, first click the title of the item to see the full record. Then look for the grey bar with a link to connect (below). Make sure you pick the link that say UHD users and not a different UH-System campus.
The Library has access to ebooks through different platforms, but most of the collection is accessed through just a few of these platforms.
Take a look at some walkthroughs on the tabs at the top of the page for the major platforms.
What is an E-Book?
The "E" in E-book is for electronic and an E-book is a book in a digital file format. The E-book process begins with a digital format (the file) that is used by an E-book reader (the software) to create a readable electronic version of a book with an electronic machine (the computer).
E-books in the University of Houston-Downtown library catalog are viewable by computers in the library’s 4th floor computer lab, or by a currently enrolled University of Houston-Downtown student, staff, and faculty on a computer that has Internet access.
Access to E-book files outside of the University of Houston-Downtown library catalog may cost money, and may have some user restrictions with technology limitations. Be sure to understand clearly the rights and user privileges that an E-book purchase offers before purchasing.
Any librarian at the W.I. Dykes library is happy to explain and answer any question you may have about E-books.
Where Can I Find eBooks?
Can I download an ebook?
While all ebooks can be read on any computer with internet access, there is some limited ability to download ebooks for a period of time. Currently Ebrary allows some downloading. You can download a chapter from the viewer, or you can install the ebrary reader on your computer which will allow you to checkout and download an entire book.
Ebrary: Ebrary Help Use the sections on the left for "Installing the ebrary Unity Reader" and "Creating an Account"
E-Book and E-Textbook Notice
*Notice* E-textbooks that are sold at the UHD bookstore and other outside locations normally allow for one file to be download to two computers. Normally, E-textbook purchases are NOT unlimited downloads, and downloading the files onto library computers is NOT recommended. For more information about E-textbooks, you may visit the UHD bookstore and the Nook Study sites using the links below.