Electronic Book Collections


A search in the UFV Library catalogue for almost any subject now brings up titles identified as "E-Book on the Internet". These are electronic versions of complete books or documents from a number of different sources, including EBSCOhost, ebrary, Myilibrary, Oxford Reference, Gale Virtual Reference, Sage, Canadian Electronic Library Publishers Collection, and Springerlink.

To view these titles, just click on the URL link in the catalogue record. From on campus, the titles will open on your computer screen.  From off campus,  most titles require authentication. (Off campus access details

eBook Collection - EBSCOhost  (formerly called Netlibrary) - Purchased collection

Titles in this collection cover a wide range of subject areas, including business and nursing. These titles have been purchased, and usually allow one - two concurrent users.


EBook Central (formerly called ebrary) - Subscription collection; some titles have also been purchased

UFV subscribes to ebrary's Academic Complete, a collection of over 70,000 books in all subject areas, provided by a wide range of academic publishers. In addition, we have purchased a number of high demand titles. All subscription titles allow for unlimited concurrent use. For details on the status on any individual title, contact the library.


Myilibrary (Purchased collection)

Our Myilibrary collection includes thousands of titles from 3 important academic publishers, Taylor & Francis, Oxford University Press, and Cambridge University Press. All titles allows unlimited concurrent use.

Oxford Reference Online (Subscription collection)

Looking for authoritative facts and figures? Need background information on a person, place or topic?

Oxford Reference Online Premium includes over 170 reference titles, updated regularly with an expanding range of key titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions and Oxford Dictionaries series plus the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.  The database can be searched as a whole or limited to one or more subjects, or to one or more individual books.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Purchased collection)

24/7 access to a growing collection of electronic subject specialized encyclopedias from prestigious academic publishers including Greenwood, Elsevier, MacMillan and Gale.

Sage Reference Online (Purchased collection)

Sage has launched a new platform, Sage Knowledge, which hosts Sage Reference Online (encyclopedia and handbooks) and an e-book collection. UFV has purchased hundred of SRO titles, which provide authorative background information in the social sciences. To date, we have not purchased any of the other non-reference e-books included.

Individual chapters may be downloaded as a PDF and loaded into e-book readers or handheld devices in that format.

Springerlink (Purchased collection)

SpringerLink includes over 2000 scholarly journals and over 26,000 ebooks in the following fields: behavioral science, biomedical and life sciences, business and economics, chemistry and materials science, computer science, earth and environmental science, engineering, humanities, social sciences and law, mathematics, medicine, and physics and astronomy.
Springerlink books are in formatted as PDF chapters and may be downloaded.

Canadian Electronic Library Publishers Collection (Purchased collection)

This is a purchased collection of 8131 e-book titles from 47 Canadian publishers,  including UBC Press, McGill-Queens University Press, and University of Toronto Press.  All titles are included in the UFV library catalogue.  The content platform is provided by ebrary.

Canadian Electronic Library titles now offer a PDF download option of complete titles or individual chapters.

Canadiana (University of Alberta Libraries Free Collection)

Canadiana includes historical Canadian documents, digitized from the microfilm collection of the CIHM (Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions.)

The project includes the digitization of mostly non-serial CIHM materials up to 1920.

A Note about Early Canadiana Online (ECO)

ECO is now a subscription based product. UFV does not subscribe at this time. 

Alternatives  include:

Canadiana - Searchable database of Canadian historical documents, with digitized full text

Canadiana Discovery Portal - allows you to search the digital collections of libraries, museums, and archives across Canada. Many of the resources provide free full text. (This will also lead you back to ECO documents, which only offer a limited preview.)

Women's History Collection - "The collection consists of published writings from Canadian women authors, as well as documents about women or what contemporary audiences would have considered "women's issues." The collection covers many genres, including memoirs, diaries and collected letters, drama, verse and fiction, printed ephemera, political pamphlets, and much more. The books and magazines in this collection were published in 19th and early 20th century in Canada and a variety of countries."

Canadian Agriculture Library - "The digital collection consists of departmental publications that showcase the Canadian Department of Agriculture’s history, organization and work."

Department of Foreign Affairs Digital Library - "the full text of over one million pages of departmental publications have been digitized and are housed in a searchable research database. These publications are an important part of the rich departmental legacy and include material such as the Communiqués (1948-1995), Canadian Representation Abroad, CanadExport and other important works, in both official languages where possible."

UFV Library Ebook Survey

UFV Library Ebook Survey Results

Updated May 3, 2017 dc

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