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Cowles Library provides access to tens of thousands of full-text electronic books. They are mostly recently published, research-quality titles.

You can find e-books in our online catalog, in SuperSearch, or by using the links to individual collections below. You can access all e-books from off campus with your Drake ID and password.

All e-books can be viewed with a current browser on Mac or PC. See the table below for information about mobile viewing and downloading to e-readers.

Major E-Book Collections

Downloads Mobile Notes
EBL (E-Book Library)
Yes Yes Download requires free Adobe Digital Editions.
Mobile requires free BlueFire Reader app.
EBSCO eBook Collection
Yes Yes Download requires Adobe Digital Editions.
Mobile requires BlueFire Reader.
Mac users may need an in-browser PDF viewer; EBSCO recommends the Schubert-it plugin.
Springer 2013 Collection
Yes, as a PDF Yes, as a PDF Many titles offer MyCopy, which allows you to buy a softcover b&w copy of the book for $24.99.
MyiLibrary
Yes, by page range. In-browser viewing only. Download requires Adobe Digital Editions.
Full title downloads are not available.
Project MUSE
Yes, by chapter as a PDF Yes, by chapter as a PDF Full title downloads are not available.

Reference E-Books

Cowles Library has access to several large collections of online encyclopedias and a number of online Reference Books. The large collections are:

More about online Reference Books

Other E-Books

Smaller collections of online reference works are available as part of the following:

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