Getting Started with eBooks

Highlights electronic books available through the University of Arkansas Libraries

About eBooks

The Libraries offer more than 500,000 electronic books: both electronic versions of print titles as well as "born digital" editions that have no paper version.

Some eBooks may be used by many people simultaneously.  Others are limited to only 1 or 2 users at one time.

Most eBooks allow printing and downloading of a section or chapter. The downloaded chapter can generally be read with a PDF reader like Adobe Reader.  Some services allow you to download and "check out" an eBook for a limited number of days. 

This guide is designed to help you locate and use our  eBook collections. 

Where to Find Them

Our eBooks can be found:

E-Journal and E-Book Search

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Downloading, Digital Rights Management, and Copyright

Due to publisher restrictions, many eBooks cannot be downloaded in their entirety but must be downloaded in chapters or sections. Some publishers place a limit on how many pages can be downloaded or printed at once. 

In addition, most library eBook database will not allow you to download books directly to your Kindle or Nook without additional software.  Most eBooks will work well on tablets and even smartphones. 

Fair use (a section of the Copyright Law) and licensing agreements generally allow you to download and/print sections of eBooks when needed for your current educational and/or research activities but not to redistribute those PDFs to others. 


eBook FAQs

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701-4002
  • Phone: 479-575-4104
  • Toll-free: 866-818-8115
  • Fax: 479-575-6656