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Get help finding E-Book copies during the COVID Crisis

Need help locating an e-book while the library has gone online? You can ask a librarian for help via email, text, or chat on our Ask Us page. Please note that not every print book has an electronic equivalent.

Discover E-Books in OneSearch

OneSearch allows you to search Search title and author in OneSearch box on the Library homepage. Records for e-books feature a link that says Full text available. Fill out the CCNY form  with your City College email and password to gain access from off-campus.  City College and CUNY offer nearly 1 million e-books to CCNY Library patrons. Many books are purchased, but about one third of the college’s e-book collections are part of subscription packages.

Not all books have e-book versions

2020 has pushed e-book acquisition to the top of the priority list across all CUNY campuses, but not all books are available as e-books for a variety of reasons. Textbooks are particularly challenging to provide to a campus given that publishers tend to market textbooks for individual purchase only. e-book copies of trade books and best sellers are more likely to be found at the New York Public Library or your neighborhood library.

Open Libraries coming to CUNY in Fall 2020

Later in the fall of 2020, all CUNY libraries will be joining Open Libraries, the Internet Archive's library of open-access e-books and online materials. You will then be able to search and borrow items from  Open Libraries via our OneSearch catalog rather than linking to Open Libraries directly.

Free trials from Spring 2020 ended in June

During Spring 2020, dozens of publishers and vendors responded to the COVID-19 crisis by offering free access to books and book collections, some trials were activated by CUNY Libraries. Textbook vendors RedShelf and Vital Source offered students free access to 7 titles from March through May 2020. The free trials, including RedShelf and Vital Source,  were discontinued by June 2020 and are not extended into the Fall 2020 semester.

Featured EBook platforms

Books and journals live in different databases. Each database has its own look and feel. Many databases allow users to create a site-specific login that offers enhanced features such as a bookshelf function (like in OneSearch) and some require a login for full text downloads . The following  e-book platforms contain the bulk of our purchased and subscription titles.  

Book platforms