Do the WSU Libraries have eBooks? Yes, the WSU Libraries have thousands of eBooks covering a variety of fields and topics.
How do I find them? eBook titles can be searched in the catalog or in SUmmon where a link to the full text of the eBook will be available. Users may also choose to go directly to one of our eBook collections where specific types of eBooks are grouped together. We have collections of reference materials, technical manuals, early English books, and more.
How do I read them? Reading online is the best option. Special software is not required.
Do I need to set-up an account? If you would like to download an eBook from an ebrary or EBSCO collection you will need to establish an account. Other collections may also require an account, but there are no charges for these materials.
Why can't I read the eBook, it says "in use." Due to our licensing agreements with publishers, many of the eBooks in our collections are limited to one user at a time. Often you will be prompted to be placed on a hold list for the next available copy.
If you need more assistance with eBooks, please Ask a Librarian.
An eBook, electronic book, E-Book; or Digital Book, is a digital version of a book. It may have been published electronically at the same time as the printed edition or it may be a digital copy made later by scanning the printed version.
Some platforms allow you to choose the download format. The two most common formats are:
Text flow is adjusted to fit the screen of your device (this may change the pagination). This format is used by Adobe Digital Editions and can be read on most devices including Apple and Android. an open-standard file format for digital books and one of the most widely supported along with .pdf and .txt. EPUB eBooks also support embedded content, allowing, for instance, a Flash video to be embedded within an ebook.
Most devices can read a PDF file, but it may be difficult to read on smaller screens.