Books & E-Books

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Local Library Catalogs

OBIS, the Catalog of the Oberlin College Library, indicates which library has the item, the call number, and the circulation status and provides links to online sources.

Click on the LOCATION link in OBIS to get details on where to find an item.

OhioLINK Library Catalog lists the holdings of the more than 90 Ohio universities, colleges and community colleges (and the State Library of Ohio) that are members of the OhioLINK consortium.

To borrow OhioLINK materials, click on REQUEST THIS ITEM. More information about borrowing from OhioLINK...

Oberlin Public Library Catalog Oberlin College students may apply for library cards at the Oberlin Public Library, located on S. Main Street, across from the Post Office.

National and International Library Catalogs

Note: If you identify materials not listed in OBIS or available via OhioLINK, you may request them through Interlibrary Loan.

Major E-Book Sources

Use the ebooks tab in OBIS or search these collections individually:

EBSCO eBook Collections (including former NetLibrary)

  • one user at a time for (maybe 2 for post-2004 imprints)
  • known viewing problems with Safari browser
  • printing is limited to one page at a time, excessive printing is logged and triggers a copyright warning message
  • we own these

eBrary -- see the ebrary Knowledge Base for help

  • no limit on simultaneous users
  • Download the entire document for 14 days in Adobe Digital Editions format
  • Create a PDF of a single chapter
  • Create a PDF of up to 60 pages
  • Accessible on most computers and devices, including the Kindle, without additional software
  • print up to 30 pages of a book
  • use InfoTools to search within one book (search document)
  • the search function searches our ebrary collection
  • many titles are leased (they can disappear)

Safari Books Online

  • computers, programs, technology & business
  • we lease these (they can disappear)

Project Muse OC subscription

  • Archaeology & Anthropology
  • Poetry, Fiction & Creative Writing
  • we own these

Humanities E-Book

(ACLS: American Council of Learned Societies)
  • broad range of topics
  • older imprints included

Early English Books Online (EEBO) OC subscription

  • digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in English from 1473-1700

OhioLINK Electronic Book Center (EBC)

  • Limited number of publishers (e.g. Springer, ABC CLIO, Oxford)
  • Primarily reference and science books

OhioLINK Electronic Theses & Dissertations Center

  • Content from OhioLINK member institutions only
  • Several Oberlin College departments are contributing honors papers

Oxford Reference

Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford Scholarship Online

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Reference books from a variety of publishers)

Sage Knowledge

Google Books

Hathi Trust Digital Library

Last updated:
March 16, 2015