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.
Many of the free books online are public domain, including titles published before 1923 and U.S. government documents.
Our Critics' Choice collection includes new, well reviewed, fiction and non-fiction titles. Many are available in e-book format. You can access them below through OneClickDigital and Overdrive. (Critics' Choice books are located in the lobby of the library.)
If you want to read or listen to eBooks available through OneClickDigital on your personal device, you will need to use the OneClickDigital app. You will need to register the first time only.
You are now ready to browse and download books!
If you want to read or listen to eBooks available through OverDrive on your personal device, you will need the OverDrive app.
Add the OverDrive app to your device
You are now ready to check out and download books!
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:
Note: Be aware than many e-book titles have a "1 simultaneous user" restriction.
Contact your librarian for help.
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.
The eBooks on Reserve program has been discontinued except for a few select titles requested by faculty.