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Ebooks are online books which are not physically located in our Library. Rather, the Library purchases online access to them through the web. The Trent Library has access to hundreds of thousands of ebooks and almost all new books purchased are ebooks.
When you connect to an ebook purchased by the Library, you only use it temporarily, which is different than owning your own copy. You often view the book through the publisher's website, rather than downloading it.
There are a variety of platforms available for hosting e-books. Where possible, we indicate usage restrictions where you link to them.
Increasingly, more publishers are offering the option to download a book to your own device, for a limited time. These books require software such as "Adobe Digital Editions" in order to read them.
See instructions (.pdf) on downloading the software and checking out books.
There are two methods for locating ebooks available at the Trent Library:
If you used Google Scholar to find ebooks, ensure you edit the "settings" to show you're a Trent student. This gets you access to ebooks purchased by the Trent Library.
See the instructions below.
Online resources are rarely free; the Trent Library pays hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for the right to access them.
All the links to external resources on our website route you through our proxy server.
Once you've signed in: