Library-purchased and Open Access eBooks Available as Course Adoption Books

The world of ebooks is complex; we hope the information below will be helpful as you evaluate your options for course adoption books.  Please don’t hesitate to contact your research librarian for further clarification.

The Library acquires ebooks in two ways, through 1) purchase directly from the publisher, or 2) subscription or purchase via an ebook aggregator, Ebook Central (fka ebrary).  We also load records for many open-access ebooks into CBBcat.  Search CBBcat to see if your course adoption books, or perhaps alternative texts, are available as ebooks for your classes.

The following information may be helpful as you consider the suitability of an ebook as a course adoption text.

  1. Ebooks we purchase directly from the following publishers have no restrictions on the number of users, printing or downloading.
  2. Ebooks acquired via the Ebook Central platform often have restrictions on the number of users, printing, and downloading.   Search CBBcat for your book and then look on the ebook’s interface for information about usage, printing, and/or downloading restrictions (see screenshots below).  For instance, on the screenshot below from Ebook Central, access to “1 copy” means that only one user at a time can access the book. That title then may not be suitable as a course adoption or reserve book.


    Ebook Central usage, printing, and downloading restrictions example


    Ebook Central usage, printing, and downloading restrictions example