Answered By: Carolyn Norman
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2015     Views: 321

National University Library has over 125,000 books available in electronic format that can be accessed from your computer at any time.

To best see the full selection of books on your subject or topic you will want to begin by  searching the Library Catalog on your topic or subject.  One the results page, go to the left side of the screen and under show only:  click "viewable online".  Next, under “Refine My Results” select “Books” under “Material Type”  This combination gives you a list of  electronic books owned by the library.

Once you find a title of interest do not click the title to read the book but locate the phrase "View It" two lines below the title and click it.The “VIEW It” link will take you to the site of the vendor who supplies National University with this book. Click on the vendor to access the book.

Things to know once you get to the actual book:

You may need to create a personal account with the vendor the first time you access their site.  Follow each vendor’s specific instructions for accessing books.

  • You may need to download a reader program to view the book. 
  • You may be able to view the book in preview for a brief period but you will often need to “check out” the book in order to print/copy from it, or to use other special features, (such as notetaking), the vendor may offer. 
  • You can NEVER print or permanently download the whole book.  Typically, only 10-20% of a book’s content can be printed.
  •  Whenever possible we purchase multiple user access to books.  However, sometimes we are only able to allow one user at a time per view.  If you are told the book is unavailable check back later to see if it has been “checked in” and is accessible.
  •  You should ALWAYS access items through our Library Catalog interface or the NU library website-provided links.  If you go directly to the vendor’s site a payment request will appear, since you will be considered to be a private user.  

 For more information about electronic books available through National University Library resources please consult our Research Guide on E-Books.