The move from print to online copies of books continues as the UCSF Library expands its collection of ebooks and our annual purchase of ebook titles starts to outstrip print titles. Already UCSF faculty and students often request ebooks in favor of print.
As with print books, the best way to find whether we have access to an ebook is to search the Library Catalog. And as with ejournals, users must be on the campus network or logged into VPN to get to the full-text. And that’s where the similarities end. Navigating the various publisher and content-host provider platforms for printing, downloading, and reading offline is varied, and, in some cases, a little challenging.
Susan Boone, the UCSF Library’s E-Resources Specialist, has developed an Electronic Books at UCSF LibGuide subject guide for the ebook collections. This is a great way to get an idea of what’s available, and get quick directions for access, printing, and downloading of the Library’s most heavily used ebooks.