What’s the best way to find out if an ebook is available through the library?

Search by Author and Title

The simplest way to search HOLLIS for an ebook is to do an Advanced Search for author and title and then look for "ONLINE ACCESS" options in your results.

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Check all the listings

 

Note that you will often see multiple records matching the title you’re looking for: ebook access may be linked from one listing but not another, and there may be more than one ebook access option. Check all the records to find the one that best suits your needs. You will find most of our ebooks listed under “Library Catalog” but some ebooks can be accessed only via an “Everything” search. 

 

Access options vary

 

We license ebooks in a number of different ways: sometimes you will be able to download the entire book, sometimes you can only read online, or download only a limited portion. Some ebooks are always available, while some have a limit on the number of simultaneous users and you may need to check back later for access. These details are usually listed under “show license” in the HOLLIS record.

 

Search beyond HOLLIS

 

Some of the ebooks we’ve licensed do not show up in HOLLIS at all. Usually this happens because a library vendor has not supplied us with properly formatted metadata for all of the titles we’ve licensed. If you are looking for ebook access and can’t find it in HOLLIS, please Ask a Librarian via chat or email. We may be able to suggest a database to look in. It’s also worth checking your local public library’s ebook offerings.

 

Have another HOLLIS question? Our HOLLIS User Guide provides an overview of HOLLIS's features and functions.

 

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