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E-Books Information For Faculty

UNB Libraries offer access to tens of thousands of e-books which are acquired as single titles or in bundles, through purchase or subscription, and with single or multiple-user access. If you are planning to use an e-book in one of your courses, this information is for you.

Contact the Library

The mode of acquisition, the level of access, and the functionality of an e-book platform or reader can have a direct impact on a title's usability as part of a course. Prior to introducing an e-book on a reading list, we recommend that you contact your liaison librarian to ensure stable, ongoing, and multi-user access throughout the semester. We will do all we can to anticipate and prevent any problems arising. Please note that single user titles are not recommended for reading list inclusion.

A list of Liaison Librarians can be found online.

Using E-Books in Your Course

E-book platforms and access models are evolving such that total control over the medium and the content is elusive: publishers occasionally withdraw titles from a collection or complicate access through a platform upgrade. While there is little the Library can do with regard to the functionality of proprietary e-book platforms, a lost title can often though not always - be replaced. (Unfortunately publisher restrictions sometimes prohibit library purchase of a title. ) We can also frequently purchase multi-user access where single user access has sufficed in the past.

Downloading e-Books

Note that not all e-books are downloadable; some can only be viewed online. Before referring students to an e-book, be sure to test the title's readability and functionality, and contact your liaison librarian with any questions. Also be aware that different publishers offer differing "loan periods" for downloaded books (e.g. 7 days, 14 days).

Reserves and D2L Brightspace

Links to e-book chapters can be provided through the Library's e-reserves system and included in course management systems such as D2L Brightspace. To place materials on reserve, please refer to the Manage Course Reserves page. Information on Library Resources in D2L Brightspace and Moodle is also available.


Printing capabilities vary by e-book collection and platform. For example, printing one chapter is generally allowed, while some platforms allow up to 50 pages, and some unlimited printing.

How to Determine Number of Users

As much as possible, information on access levels is provided in the bibliographic record. Please see example below.

Under the View eBook link, the collection name indicates unlimited multi-user subscription


The table below provides information about UNB's various e-book collections and their access levels. Purchased materials are generally stable and unlikely to be withdrawn by the publisher from a collection. Subscribed and Open Access collections are more volatile and titles from those collections may be subject to removal from time to time.

e-Book Collection Single User Multi-user Purchased Subscription Open Access
17th-18th century Burney Collection newspapers   unlimited x    
AccessEngineering   x   x  
ACUP/eBound – Canadian University Presses (2014-2016) x x x   x
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection   unlimited x    
Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940   unlimited x    
Archives Unbound   unlimited x    
ASCE Library eBooks (American Society of Civil Engineers)   unlimited x    
Books@Ovid   x   x  
Cambridge Core (eBooks & eJournals) x x x    
Cambridge Histories Online   unlimited x    
Canadian Online Art Books - Art Canada Institute (Open Access)   unlimited     x
CRCnetBASE - incorporated into Taylor and Francis Group eBooks   unlimited   x  
désLibris eBooks - Canadian Health Research & Public Policy Collections   unlimited   x  
Early English Books Online (EEBO)   unlimited x    
EBSCO eBooks - Academic Collection   unlimited   x  
EBSCO eBooks - Open Access x       x
EBSCO eBooks - Selected Titles x unlimited x    
Eighteenth Century Collection Online (ECCO)   unlimited x    
Elgaronline - Law   unlimited x    
Gale Virtual Reference Library   unlimited x    
Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs - Books & Journals   unlimited x    
HeinOnline - Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law   unlimited   x  
ICE Virtual Library (Institution of Civil Engineers)   unlimited x    
INFORMIT Indigenous Collection   unlimited   x  
Institute of Physics Publishing   unlimited x    
JSTOR eBooks x   x    
JSTOR Open Access (eBooks & Archival eJournals)   unlimited     x
Lyell Collection - Geological Society of London   unlimited   x  
Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926   unlimited x    
ManchesterHive - Gothic eBooks   unlimited x    
Nineteenth Century Collection Online   unlimited x    
Oxford Clinical Psychology eBooks   x x    
Oxford Digital Reference Shelf   unlimited x    
Oxford Handbooks Online: Law   unlimited x    
Oxford Reference Online   5-user   x  
Oxford Scholarly Editions Online   unlimited x    
Oxford Scholarship Online eBooks - Selected Titles x x x    
Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) Law eBooks   unlimited      
Past Masters (Intelex)   unlimited x    
Project Muse - Open Access eBooks   unlimited     x
ProQuest Ebook Central - Academic Complete   unlimited x x  
ProQuest Ebook Central - Cambridge eBooks   unlimited x    
ProQuest Ebook Central - Canadian Publishers Collection   unlimited x x  
ProQuest Ebook Central - Irwin Law   unlimited x    
ProQuest Ebook Central - Oxford eBooks   unlimited x    
ProQuest Ebook Central - Selected Titles x x x    
PsycBOOKS   unlimited   x  
Quebec Government Documents - BAnQ Open Access Collections   unlimited     x
Quicklaw Plus   unlimited   x  
ScienceDirect   unlimited x    
Springer eBook Collection (2005-2008 imprints)   unlimited x    
Springer eBooks - Selected Titles x   x    
Taylor & Francis eBooks   unlimited x    
U.S. Government Documents (Open Access)   unlimited     x
UNB Libraries - Government Documents Online (Open Access)   unlimited     x
University of Adelaide Press Open Access eBooks   unlimited     x
Wiley Online Library - Selected Titles   unlimited x    
Wiley/Blackwell Reference Online   unlimited x