The Ryerson Library provides access to over 250,000 ebooks which can be read in a browser on your laptop or desktop computer. To find ebooks, you can search:
- Look for them in the catalogue by author, title, subject, etc.
- Browse ebooks by the collections listed below.
Scholars Portal Books
provides access to over 40,000 ebook titles from Springer, Taylor and Francis, Cambridge and Oxford as well as to 100,000 freely available titles from the Internet Archive.
The Morgan and Claypool Digital Library consists of 50- to 100- page “lectures” which are self-contained e-books synthesizing an important research or development topic. Each is authored by an expert in the field.
Via the MyILibrary service, almost 12,000 (2005-2008) titles in a variety of fields are now available.
Through ebrary the Ryerson Library provides access to over 18,000 titles in a wide variety of subject areas (Education, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Languages and Literature, Law, Medicine, Political Science, Science, Social Sciences and Technology).
PsycBOOKS provides online access to the fulltext from books and chapters published by the American Psychological Association (APA). The collection contains 1264 titles (including 100 out of print titles, 120 archival resources, and 600 classic psychology titles). Also included is the 8 volume Encyclopedia of Psychology. PsycBooks is available via Scholars Portal Books.
Safari Tech Books Online
Safari Tech Books Online features over 2,200 titles related to technology including certification, enterprise computing, Java, Unix, Web Development, Windows, XML and more.
Cambridge Companions Online (formerly Cambridge Collections Online)
Cambridge Collections Online is a fully searchable, full text collection of over 260 titles from the renowned Cambridge Companions series. Covering literature, classics, philosophy, religion and cultural studies, the collection complements the Cambridge Companions book series – an established favourite with students and scholars – by providing search, browse and bookmark functionality. Over 2,600 essays are already included in the collection, with more set to be added as new volumes are published.
Alexander Street Press
This collection contains a significant collection of electronic texts in the disciplines of history, women’s studies, drama, literature, film, black studies and diversity studies.
SPIE Digital Library
SPIE Digital Library - is the most extensive resource available on optics, photonics, optoelectronics and imaging, providing unprecedented access to more than 200,000 technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present. More than 17,000 new technical papers are added annually.
Cognet - is a growing collection of searchable electronic texts for cognitive and brain sciences. The Library contains works from the MIT Press, as well as content and links to resources from other publishers, professional associations, institutions, and individuals who are willing to share public access to online work.
Cognet includes the full text of 400
MIT Press cognitive science books.
Oxford Very Short Introductions Series
Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory. Very Short Introductions are now available on this new online resource, offering scholars and students OUP’s premier publishing series in an easily discoverable, fully cross-searchable, and highly accessible format.
The following collections of ebooks are freely available to all users:
Google Book Search
search contents of books from Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, the University of Oxford and The New York Public Library as well as content from publishers. Books in the public domain may be viewed in their entirety; books under copyright have access restrictions.
Hathi Trust Digital Library
is a digital repository for the US’s greatest research libraries. Over 700,000 volumes have been digitized, 15% of which are freely available to the public.
The Internet Archive
is a non-profit organization that was founded to build an ‘Internet library,’ with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. It contains over 24,000 books, 21,000 movies and a large number of audio files. The Ryerson Library has contributed to this archive.
The Internet Public Library
Books Collection (formerly known as Online Texts) contains over 20,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal Classification.
Digital Book Index
provides links to more than 105,000 title records from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. About 66,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free, while many others are available at very modest cost.
the original free digital library of books no longer in copyright
(primarily pre-1923). It consists of over 36,000 classic literary