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eBooks: Accessing E-Books and Safari Books Online

Are you looking for ebooks?

The University of Illinois Library has thousands of eBooks that can be accessed anytime by its students and faculty.E-books are an amazing addition to our library resources. When the library buys e-books most of the time we buy a huge quantity of books from a specific e-book provider. This means that the list of e-books that we have can be updated daily. The best way to find e-books is through easy search from the Library home page. Once you have accessed an e-book provider you can search within that provider for more titles. 

Library Easy Search

Step 1Start at the  Library home page and begin your e-book topic search in the easy seach box:

easy search e-book

Step 2. The results should look like this:

  • You are looking for any result that lists e-book in the title.

easy search results for e-books

E-Books in the Library Catalog

Step 1. You can access electronic books through the  library catalog. Once you navigate to the catalog you will want to use the advanced searching options.

advanced search in the catalog

Step 2You can browse the catalog with a keyword search, and by selecting  Electronic resource and  Book.

catalog e-book search

You might also find this icon in our catalog to represent e-book.

e-book image

Safari Books Online

Step 1. Navigate to the Grainger Engineering Library web portal. On the left-side navigation under “ Find a Book,” click on “Safari Computer Books.”

Safari Books link from the Grainger Engineering Library web portal


Step 2. In the search box on the left-hand side, enter keywords to find eBooks on your desired topic (Example: Relational Databases). Click on the title to view the full record.

Safari Computer Books search interface


Ask A Librarian

Please visit   Ask A Librarian if you cannot find information on your topic or you get stuck on any of the above steps. Here you can find contact information for librarians or chat with them online to get your questions answered quickly and easily!

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