Books and e-books
The Library offers a large choice of electronic and printed documents in the fields of study and research at ISU. Almost 5'000 ebooks are accessible from ISU central campus, or remotely with ISU SSO. They complete a printed collection of more than 10'000 books available in the Library.
Electronic books and print books can be found through the search box on the library homepage.
Browse new electronic and print books recently purchased by ISU Library
Search WorldCat for books and e-books from libraries worldwide
Search BooksInPrint for published books (in print and electronic)
Request a book not held at the Library
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Read information about borrowing rules, how to make a reservation/place a hold, extend a loan and overdue notices
E-books can be accessed 24 hours a day seven days a week. You will need to sign-in with your ISU ID when prompted to do so.
All of the library's databases support online reading of e-books (without the need for downloading). This ensures that our users can always consult an e-book online, even if it has already been borrowed. Please note that ebooks can only be read by one person at a time.
Various features are available when reading online such as the ability to print, copy and save a limited number of pages, search within the book, annotate (highlight, create notes), bookmark pages, share links, and cite.
There are variations between e-book providers regarding the printing and copying allowances.
Reading offline (downloading ebooks)
Some databases allow you to borrow e-books. You can download a complete book onto your device for a few days. The loan period is usually for 7 days with a maximum of 3 downloads per user.
Ebooks are DRM protected (Digital Rights Management). It is a form of copyright protection used to fight unauthorised distribution of their copyrighted works (known as piracy). Downloadable files are time-degradable.
You must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer.
The first time you open a book (which has an .acsm extension) with ADE, you will be asked to "Authorize Your Computer". The ebook vendor showing by default is "Adobe ID".
Note that you only need to enter an Adobe ID and password if you want to transfer the book to another device.
If you want to authorize your computer without an Adobe ID, check the box at the bottom left corner of the screen: "I want to Authorize my computer without an ID".