eBook Collections at Ohrstrom Library

Collection Contents:

  • Ebsco Academic eBooks: The Ebsco Academic eBook Collection contains 120,000+ titles. This collection contains mostly academic with some general interest and reference titles. Click HERE to see how to download their eBooks to read on your iPad.

  • Ebsco Discovery Service: Search the majority of the library’s digital collections with one box, one click.

  • JSTOR: Full-text coverage of hundreds of journals simultaneously searchable alongside 35,000 scholarly eBooks. Disciplines include: art, social science, science, law, linguistics, mathematics and philosophy. Date of coverage varies by title & may include articles from the 19th, 20th & 21st centuries.

  • Loeb Classical Library: A complete, and digitized, library of the Loeb classical volumes from Harvard University Press.  Over 500 translations of classical works, containing both the original Latin or Greek, alongside an English translation.  The Harvard University Press overview video is available by clicking HERE.

  • OverDrive: Popular fiction and non-fiction eBooks and Audiobooks. Built title-by-title, the inaugural collection includes core Humanities texts and popular YA fiction in audio and eBook form. To borrow OverDrive content simply log in using your existing SPS username and password. OverDrive offers a 2-minute video overview HERE.

  • Project Muse: The full-text of 500 journals and 5,200 eBooks covering research in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, International Studies and Social Sciences.

  • Springer eCollection: Contains roughly 14,000 digitized eBooks and millions of scholarly articles from Springer, a global publishing company with roots in Germany, best known for its highly regarded science, math, medical and engineering books and scholarly journals.

Collection Overview:


Ohrstrom Library: Stairs to the Upper Level

The Ohrstrom Library eBook collections are searchable via the online catalog or by accessing the homepages provided for each organization’s collection. The online catalog is capable of searching author, title, and subject fields. The following eBook collections are available through Ohrstrom Library:

To search an eBook collection, please select one of the eBook collections available on the Library’s web site. Searching within the eBook collection allows a researcher to search the entire contents of all the texts within a given collection.

A detailed research guide to using eBooks in the collection is available on the Ohrstrom Library LibGuides page by clicking HERE.

For further assistance, please contact Lura Sanborn, lsanborn at sps dot edu.



Open Library: Lending Library

Ohrstrom Library is a member of the Open Library: Lending Library program.

What is it?

  • A collection currently containing about 200,000 eBooks.
  • Collection contents:  A wide amalgamation of out-of-copyright, in-copyright, fiction, non-fiction and children’s stories.

Where is it?   http://openlibrary.org/borrow

Key Features:

  • Create an account (free) to download books.
  • 5 books may be downloaded per user, at any one time.
  • eBooks are viewable in-browser, as ePubs or as PDFs.
  • eBooks are borrowable for up to 2 weeks.
  • One book, one user.  So, if somebody in California has the book checked out, nobody else can.
  • A how-it-works from the In-Library Lending program.

Public Domain eBook Collections:

In addition to the library collections above, the following eBook collections are freely available on the web. These collections contain out-of-copyright material and works that are in the public domain (such as government documents). This typically means that most of the works in these collections were published in the U.S. before 1923.