Answered By: Carolyn F. Norman
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2018     Views: 386

National University Library has over 337,909 books available in electronic format that can be accessed from your computer at any time. You can search for books by title, keyword, or author name using the Smart Search bar on the library's home page (

To limit your search to books, click the Books option below the bar before clicking the Search button. 

Screenshot of the SmartSearch bar, with the "Books" option highlighted.

If you only want to browse ebooks, click the Viewable Online option on the left-hand side of your results screen. 

A screenshot from the Library's catalog with the "Viewable Online" option highlighted.

To open an ebook, click the Online Access link underneath that book's title. 

A screenshot of a book record in the Library's catalog, with the "Online Access" option highlighted.

You may need to log in in order to see the book. If you need help logging in, click here.

A few tips for using our ebooks:

  • 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.
  • Due to copyright restrictions, databases won't allow you to print or permanently download the whole book. Typically, only 10-20% of a book’s content can be printed.
  • Whenever possible, we purchase licenses that allow multiple users to simultaneously use an ebook. 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. If you need help finding or using an ebook, contact us at or (858)-541-7900.