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eBooks: Home

Link to all CSULB Library's eBook collections.

Search the Library Catalog (COAST) for eBooks

eBooks are digital books, some of which you read on the Web, and some which are available for download to e-readers such as a Kindle.  Most of these collections are subscribed to by CSULB, so you will need a CSULB ID to use them.  Some are free to the public.

You can search the Library Catalog, COAST, specifically for eBooks, or go to specific collections from this page.

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eBooks on Reserve

The University Library has put a select number of ebooks on reserve for courses. Check the catalog (search box above) or search by instructor or course number on the Reserves page.

Linking Library eBooks in BeachBoard

Faculty wanting to use eBooks in class:

Library ebooks are purchased by the library (and not available freely to the general public).  To provide CSULB students access to these titles, links to individual ebooks must be routed via the library's server.

To link to a library ebook yourself:

  1. Find the ebook in the Library Catalog
  2. Right-click on the "Available Online" link
  3. Choose "copy shortcut" or "copy link location"
  4. Paste the URL in Beachboard

Note: Be aware than many e-book titles have a "1 simultaneous user" restriction.


Digital Rights Management (DRM) refers to rules eBook vendors put on a user's ability to save, print, or otherwise copy pages from their books.  DRM may also include a limit on the number of users who can access the book simultaneously.  Each eBook collection has different DRM rules, look to their help pages to find out.

Free Books Online

Many of the free books online are public domain, including titles published before 1923 and U.S. government documents.