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.
eBooks on EBSCOhost consists of over 6,000 titles on all subjects. You can also Browse eBooks by title.
Scholars Portal ebooks
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.

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Springer e-books

Via the MyILibrary service, almost 12,000 (2005-2008) titles in a variety of fields are now available.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online comprises more than 120
dictionaries and reference titles
covering a comprehensive  subject
spectrum including: General Reference, Language, Science
and Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and
Professional content.

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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.

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ACLS Humanities E-Book Project

The ACLS (American Council of Learned
Societies) Humanities E-Book Project
(formerly the History E-Book Project) is a digital collection of over 1,700 full-text titles offered by the ACLS in collaboration with twelve learned societies, nearly 95 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan’s Scholarly Publishing Office.

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Knovel provides a collection of the leading science and engineering
reference handbooks, databases and conference proceedings. Approximately
1,600 titles are included.

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Contains the full contents of over 450
engineering handbooks
from CRC Press.

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SPIE Digital Library

SPIE Digital Library Additional Information about the Database - 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.

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Cognet Additional Information about the resource - 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

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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.

Google Book Search
Google Books
Google Book Search Mobile1.5 million titles are now available for viewing on iPhones, iPod Touches and Android phones.
Hathi Trust
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 Indexprovides 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.
Project Gutenberg is
the original free digital library of books no longer in copyright
(primarily pre-1923). It consists of over 36,000 classic literary