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Everything you need to know to use the e-books in our collections, including OverDrive or free e-books on the Web.


McQuade Library's growing e-book collection expands access to our books by letting users search for, browse, and read our books from anywhere on campus or beyond.

This guide provides information on how to make the most of our e-book collections.  If you have any suggestions or comments about this guide, contact a McQuade librarian.

E-book Basics

E-books FAQs

What is an e-book?

Quite simply, an e-book is a electronic copy of a book.  Sometimes e-books are literal copies of the print book and other times the e-books offer additional functionality.

How do I find e-books?

E-books are intergrated into the library's catalog, which means they will show up in regular catalog searches alongside our print books.

Alternatively, you can limit a catalog search to only e-books by using the Format menu and selecting E-book.

You may also search our e-book collections individually using the links below:


How are e-books accessed?

All e-books can be browsed online and many can be downloaded for offline use.

You will need your Mackcard barcode and library password to download library e-books or to borrow or download e-books or audiobooks in the Overdrive/Libby collection.


Can I use e-books when I'm not on campus?

Just search the catalog or use the links to particular collections on our database page.  You may be prompted to provide your Mackcard number and library password.

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