E-books & e-audiobooks

Searching e-books and e-audiobooks in WorldCat

There are two ways to search e-books and e-audiobooks in WorldCat:

  1. Use the WorldCat single search box and limit your results by Format to "eBook" or "eAudiobook". (See more detailed instructions on choosing formats in WorldCat.)
  2. In the WorldCat catalogue Advanced Search under Narrow your search/ Format, select eBook or eAudiobook before entering your search terms.

WorldCat Advanced Search with ebook format selected


McGill subscribed e-books

  • AccessEmergency Medicine
  • AccessMedicine: AccessMed provides core content in internal medicine, cardiology, genetics, basic and clinical sciences, diagnosis and management, and patient care. It includes renowned titles such as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, Hurst’s The Heart, Goodman and Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, The Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease, a suite of texts covering topics such as biochemistry, histology, physiology, neuroanatomy, and pathology, as well as the Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment series. Mobile webapp version
  • AccessPediatrics
  • AccessSurgery:  AccessSurgery is organized by key topics to reflect the Accreditation College for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME) mandate for a general surgery core curriculum. AccessSurgery contains key surgical textbooks, videos, differential diagnosis, and a drug index. It also provides access to 1,400 board review questions and answers and has the ability to track and report scores. Therefore, it is ideal for residents studying for the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) as well as for practicing surgeons seeking re-certification. Simply select a core curriculum topic or choose a procedure or operation to find relevant content from more than 12,000 pages of leading surgery texts.
  • Books24x7: You can access Books 24x7 titles from any computer that is on the McGill network (a McGill public workstation, a computer or device that is either using McGill's wireless network (wpa) or using VPN to connect to the McGill network). You will also be asked to logon with your McGill username and password to access titles.
  • Books@Ovid: Provides access to a large collection of books in the sciences including behavioral & social science, sports medicine, and nutrition.
  • CAB eBooks: Provides access to ebooks in the subject areas of agriculture, animal and veterinary science, environmental science, human health and nutrition, leisure and tourism, and plant sciences. McGill has subscriptions for the 2000-2004. 2005-2007, 2008-2010 archives and front file (2011-present).
  • Cambridge Companions Online : Subject or theme-based monographs for Literature and Classics, Philosophy, Religion and Culture, and Music. Cross-searching available.
  • Cambridge University Press (CUP) University Publishing Online (UPO) : Over 900 titles from publishers Acumen, Anthem, Boydell & Brewer, Cambridge UP, Edinburgh UP, Foundation Books, Liverpool UP, Mathematical Association of America, Royal Economic Society and U. of Adelaide Press. DRM free and unlimited user access for most.
  • ClinicalKey - Medical ebooks from Elsevier
  • CRCnetBASE: Science, technology and medical ebooks.
  • Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation: Papal documents, synodal decrees, catechisms, confessors' manuals, biblical commentaries, theological treatises, sacred drama, liturgical works, inquisitorial manuals, preaching guides, accounts of saints' lives, and devotional works written during the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts: Collection of Christian texts from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras.
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO): Books (all languages) published in England and books in English printed in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and British North America 1475-1700.
  • Early Canadiana Online: Includes early Canadian monographs available for in-browser reading and PDF download.
  • eBound Canada (Scholars Portal): Canadian University Press publications (number of simultaneous users varies according to press).
  • Ebrary: Create an account and sign in to download up to 10 complete documents for a temporary period. See the Ebrary help section for information on creating an account, searching, downloading documents, and using Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Ebsco eBook Collection : eBooks for wide range of humanities, social sciences and science disciplines. Searching instructions on their Help page. Mobile app available
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO): "Significant" English and foreign-language books, pamphlets, broadsides, ephemera printed in UK, and "important works" from the Americas, 1701-1800.
  • HathiTrust: HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository that provides access to content in the public domain and copyrighted content from a variety  of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and partner institutions, including McGill. The majority of the content is English, although works are available in over 50 languages, including large collections in German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Japanese and Italian. McGill users can access over 3 million volumes, primarily US government documents, US documents published prior to 1923, and those published outside of the US prior to 1870. To see fulltext content, login with your McGill username  and password after selecting an item.
  • Hein Online Legal Classics Library: Works from some of the greatest legal minds in history, including Joseph Story, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo and Edwardo Coke. In addition to many "classics", this collection includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world. The collection focuses on constitutional law, political science, and other classic topics.
  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library: Full text of IEEE/IEE journals, conference proceedings, standards and monographs.
  • Knovel: Technical reference collection for science and engineering with interactive tables and graphs.
  • Literature Online : A collection of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 228 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.
  • Myilibrary : The Myilibrary collection contains over 2,000 e-books including subjects such as inclusive education, history of education, and the theory and practice of education. A small number of book titles are in French and Spanish.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online: 31 collections contain monographs from the 19th Century covering many subject disciplines, downloadable in PDF format.
  • OverDrive E-books and e-audiobooks. Mobile app available
  • Oxford Scholarship Online : Academic monographs covering the humanities, social-sciences, sciences, medicine and law.
  • Palgrave Connect: Over 7500 e-books - both old and new titles - published by Palgrave Macmillan in eleven subject areas in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business, organized by year of publication and by discipline, available in PDF and EPUB formats. EPUB format allows users to download the title(s) of interest to most hand-held reading devices.
  • Project Muse : eBook and e-journal content for the humanities and social sciences from university presses and scholarly societies.
  • PsycBOOKS: Books and chapters from the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Safari Tech Books Online
  • ScienceDirect: ScienceDirect provides detailed and exhaustive coverage of books and journals in the physical, biological and social sciences. McGill subscriptions are indicated by a bright green square box.
  • Springer Protocols: Electronic database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences.
  • SpringerLink Books: Multidisciplinary book. McGill subscriptions are indicated by a bright green square box. Mobile app available
  • STAT!Ref: STAT!Ref is an electronic medical library with a collection of books on a wide variety of health specialties including psychotherapy, psychiatry and physiology. It includes the most recent edition of the DSM-IV-TR, and the Dictionary of Medical Acronyms and Abbreviations. Mobile app available
  • Thieme ElectronicBook Library: Features a series of exquisitely illustrated atlases and review books, in areas such as anatomy, physiology, and others.
  • University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)  Online research library containing full-text access to scholarly publishing with 28 subject modules from 50 countries.
  • Vault Career Intelligence Career Guides. Create personal account to access ebooks.
  • Wiley Online Library: McGill Library users have access to the Wiley Online Library. McGill Library does NOT subscribe to ALL the book titles in each of the Wiley collections. Check the WorldCat catalogue to ascertain whether or not a book is available to McGill users.

Open access (free) e-books

  • ABU: La Bibliothèque Universelle: Textes produits et diffusés par les membres bénévoles de l'Association des Bibliophiles Universels.
  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences Research Papers and Monographs
  • Baen Free Library: Fantasy novels published by Baen, in the public domain.
  • Canadian Electronic Library Archive (CELA): "Monographs from Canadian publishers". Storage location for all public documents in the Canadian Electronic Library available to the public without charge.
  • ClassicBookshelf.com: Public domain e-texts. Java applet interface. Functions the best using Chrome or Firefox.
  • Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA): Agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science,forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science.
  • Digital Book Index: DBI is the digital descendent of Burt Franklin Publishers. DBI indexes mostly open-access, full-text scholarly records from publishing organizations, including college and university digital archives, university presses, commercial publishers, and independent sites.
  • Early Canadiana Online: Digital library providing access to of Canada's printed heritage. Some free, some restricted access.
  • European Library: "... a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals.... - both digital and non-digital) of the 45 national libraries of Europe. It offers free searching and delivers digital objects - some free, some priced.."
  • Europeana: Cultural heritage site from the Europeana Foundation and European cultural institutions. Includes images, texts, sound and video.
  • Free e-books: "Specializes in collecting free fiction, tutorial, marketing and business eBooks."
  • Gallica: De la Bibliothèque nationale de France. Comprend des images et des ouvrages relatifs à l'utopie, des textes par les auteurs de référence de la littérature française, le manuscrit du Temps retrouvé (Proust), les premiers enregistrements acoustiques, etc.
  • Google Book Search: Search entire text of public domain books, snippets from library books still under copyright, and sample pages from books submitted by publishers. In beta (2007-08-13). Most books are from the Google Print Publisher Program and Google Books Library Project."
  • The Great Books: "A compilation of over 240 great authors and their works" from the Access Foundation.
  • Gutenberg Canada: A.k.a. "Project Gutenberg Canada". View free electronic copy of books "in the Canadian public domain".
  • Internet Archive: Text Archive
  • Manybooks.net: Manybooks.net provides access to free public domain and Creative Commons licenced ebooks from Project Gutenburg and other sources. The ebooks are available in a variety of formats.
  • Mobile Access via Digital-Scholar.org : The mobile version of Digital Book Index--for smartphones and tablets--for scholarly research and reference publications. Lists only resources free on the web and includes non-book resources such as tutorials, digital textbooks, etc.
  • National Academies Press (NAP): The NAP was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. The NAP, provides free (open access) access to over 3,000 publications dating back to 1977 on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health. Books may be either browsed by category, or searched using NAP's Discover Engine.
  • NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository: Working papers, reports, lecture series, workshop presentations, and other scholarship created by faculty at NELLCO (New England Law Library Consortium) member schools.
  • OECD iLibrary: All OECD publications (1998-present).
  • On-line Books Page: English only but a related page points to other Foreign Languages e-book lists.
  • Online Texts: Links maintained by the Internet Public Library.
  • Open Library: Free web access to "important book collections from around the world", created by the Internet Library as assembled by allied institutions.
  • Project Gutenberg: The original e-book source.
  • Project Gutenberg via OverDrive: Public domain titles available via McGill OverDrive. They never expire and don’t count against your library checkout limit!
  • Searchebooks: Search engine searches both e-books and the text within them.
  • Textbook Revolution: "TBR’s mission is to drive the adoption of free textbooks by teachers and professors. ... Our approach is to bring all of the free textbooks we can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top ..."
  • Universal Digital Library: Beginning with digitization of 1 million books in 2006-2007, this project "to capture all books in digital format" continues at 50 scanning centers worldwide—all languages, all subjects, 1500-present.
  • University of California Press Scholarship Editions: Nearly 400 of over 1400 online titles, through a partnership with the University of California Press and the California Digital Library's eScholarship program, are available to the general public.


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