The Virginia Tech Libraries have subscribed to a number of ebook packages, giving us access to hundreds of thousands of books online.
All allow reading the ebook through the browser, and many allow downloading for offline reading or transfer to a mobile device or dedicated ebook reader. Most of our ebooks are PDFs, and thus require no additional software to view. See each entry for formats and restrictions.
All of our ebooks can be found through Summon —that is the best place to start a search for ebooks. Each provider indexes ebooks differently; some are full-text indexed, and will return results when your search terms are found anywhere in the ebook. Others are indexed only at the bibliographic level; your search terms must match the title, author, subject terms, or sometime table of contents listing to show up in the results. Remember, the search functionality available at each ebook platform typically allows for full-text searches, and other advanced options.
Summon includes records for all of our ebooks; many are full-text searchable in Summon. You can search by title, author, or subject/topic; search more than one of these by connecting them with AND.