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Google has scanned books from many research libraries as well as receiving digital copies from various publishers. This "collection" of ebooks is full text searchable; however not all ebooks are delivered in full text. Some are restricted so that you can only view the page where your search term appears and a few surrounding pages. Recently Google made browsing these collection easier; genres and subjects of ebooks (along with scanned magazines and journals) are linked on the Google Books homepage.

Books in the public domain (those with expired copyrights) can be downloaded in PDF or EPUB formats for viewing in your browser or many ebook readers.

We link to Google Books from Addison when we can match Google Books data. The link that appears in the External Links box will indicate whether a full preview or limited preview of the book is available.



If the text is in the public domain, it is downloadable in PDF format.  Others are able to be previewed onscreen.


Any Adobe Digital Editions compatible device, including iOS, Android, Nook, and Sony Reader. (Individual pages saved as PDFs can be read on Kindles.)


June 15, 2012


restricted resource Resource is restricted to current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff. Use Off Campus Sign In if not on the campus network.
licensed for Virginia Tech alumni access Resource is licensed for Virginia Tech alumni access. Use Alumni Library Portal Sign In to access.
freely accessible database Freely accessible database, available to anyone without restriction
mobile interface Mobile interface available, see description for link.
Screencast tutorial available Screencast tutorial available, icon linked to list.
Contents in summon Contents of this database are in Summon.
get VText Resource provides Get VText links to access full text.
Digital Rights Management Digital Rights Management system in place
Digital Rights Management No Digital Rights Management system in place
Copyable Able to be copied
Printable Able to be printed
Digital Rights Management Downloadable
gold open access - publishing Resource provides open access publishing opportunities and open access publications.
get VText Resource provides self archiving opportunities and open access documents.

Many of our ebooks are available as PDFs and this format is supported by many ebook readers. Here's a chart listing the capabilities of several major e-reader devices. Some of our downloadable ebooks use Abobe Digital Editions to set expiration periods; here's a list of compatible devices.We do not provide support for loading ebooks onto your device.

We recommend these apps for reading most of our downloadable ebooks:

Looking for help with your ereader? Here's some books from our collection:

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