The University Library provides thousands of e-books. Some have been purchased as individual works; some have been scanned from our own collections; some are part of commercial e-book packages; and some are available free on the Web.
You can search and access individual e-books through the online catalog, just like printed books.
You can also search within e-book packages and portals. Here a few you can explore:
[Licensed for UI] The monographs in this series "give tutorial coverage of subjects, research retrospectives as well as survey papers that offer state-of-the-art reviews."
An extensive listing of open-access ebook projects worldwide.
Google Books, in partnership with several major libraries (including the UI), makes public domain books available free and provides snippets of many still-in-copyright works. Includes links to booksellers and libraries that hold the book. A good source for older, classic books about library science.
[Licensed for UI] InfoSci-Books is a collection of encyclopedias and books from the publisher, IGI-Global, which covers information science and many related subjects, such as online education, business applications of information technology, etc.
The ICDL is a library of children's e-books with an interface designed for kids. Half of the books are from non-U.S. publishers.
The Text Archive is a large open-access collection of books and other electronic texts. The Internet Archive also collects non-text digital media.
Illinois Harvest is an open-access digital library of books from the UI collections. It includes "numerous annual reports from libraries in Illinois, including the Chicago Public Library and the Newberry Library; early bulletins and conference proceedings of the American Library Association; numerous publications from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign."
[Licensed for UI] NetLibrary is a general collection that includes many LIS books from publishers like Libraries Unlimited and ALA Editions. UIUC users must establish a personal account from an on-campus computer. If you are off-campus, please call the LIS Library at (217) 333-3804 or the Main Library Reference Desk at (217) 333-2290 for assistance.
The oldest open e-book collection, created by volunteers.
[Licensed for UI] Safari is a collection of e-books on computer science and programming, from publishers like Addison-Wesley, Microsoft, O'Reilly, Prentice-Hall, Que, and Sams.
[Licensed for UI] Concise monographs explore "topics pertaining to information science and applications of technology to information discovery, production, distribution, and management." Part of the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science.