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E-books at UCLA

Connect from Off-Campus

Most of the links on these pages go to subscription sources which are accessible from any computer on campus. UCLA students, faculty, and staff can access these sites from off-campus using either the Proxy Server (a simple setting in your browser) or the VPN Client (a program you install on your computer).

For mobile devices: VPN is currently only compatible with iOS and Android enabled devices. Proxy server is not mobile compatible.

About This Guide

Did you know that the UCLA Library has access to thousands of e-books available for free? UCLA students, faculty, and staff can read all of these books online from your computer or mobile device. You can even download, highlight, and print many of these e-books.

This guide will help you:

  • Find e-books in the UCLA Library Catalog, Melvyl, and HathiTrust
  • Access e-books from various mobile devices
  • Find links to major e-book collections in various subject areas

Multidisciplinary E-book Collections

E-books at Other Campuses

E-book licenses are not automatically shared between UC campuses. UCLA users are only able to directly access e-books which UCLA subscribes to. For e-books at other campuses (or anywhere else), you can request an interlibrary loan using the online forms or the UC-eLinks button in Melvyl, just as you would for a print book. If the e-book license allows interlibrary loans (unlikely, but possible), you will be e-mailed access instructions. If not, the interlibrary loan system will try to find a print version available.

Suggest a Purchase

The UCLA Library is always looking for purchase requests from students, faculty, and staff. If you are unable to find an item you think the library should own, fill out the Purchase Recommendation Form or contact your subject librarian.

Make sure to indicate if you are specifically interested in the e-book version.