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Ebooks @ The University of Alabama: UA Faculty

Highlights key e-book collections and provides information related to searching and downloading e-books.

Search for Ebooks Across Collections

Adobe Digital Editions

To download an e-book to your computer, you may need Adobe Digital Editions. This is not required to view the PDF in your browser.

Accessing e-books from Off-Campus

Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with The University of Alabama should log in using their MyBama credentials before accessing e-books in the major e-book collections and eReference from off-campus. If you have any problems with off-campus access, please contact E-Resources

Using Ebooks in Your Class?

Faculty are encouraged to use library owned content for classroom instruction. Licensing restrictions specific to the e-book provider may affect the number of simultaneous users allowed.  We encourage you to contact your librarian liaison to discuss your options. You can find your librarian liaison in the Library Staff Directory.

The ability to download e-books can be restricted by the provider. The library encourages all users to download Adobe Digital Editions prior to beginning the downloading process. Faculty may wish to contact the systems administrator for their building and ask that Adobe Digital Editions be added to all public facing computers. 

The Future of Ebooks and Demand Driven Acquisitions

Research Libraries are moving quickly toward selection and purchase of e-books for several reasons, including:

  • E-books are accessible 24/7 to both on-campus and remote users.
  • The content is well-suited for integration into the classroom.

The library is currently involved with a new initiative known as demand driven acquisitions. Books are available immediately for use and are purchased after a set number of uses.  Books can be read online or downloaded. 

A Note on Copyright

You are responsible for adhering to copyright and fair use as related to the e-books you assign. Standards vary across publishers and e-book platforms. The Association of Research Libraries offers detailed summaries of copyright and intellectual property.  If you have any questions please contact E-resources.

Accessing E-books on the EBSCO Platform

Many of the e-books purchased at The University of Alabama are accessible from the EBSCO platform.  EBSCO is a major e-book provider to academic libraries.  You can find additional information about EBSCO e-books from the EBSCO eBooks: For eBook Users Libguide