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E-books at UCLA

Finding E-books in Melvyl

On the Melvyl search page, first click Advanced Search.

A screenshot of the Melvyl search page with "Advanced Search" highlighted in red.

Enter your search terms (keyword, author, title, etc.). This example is for keyword: "sculpture". Then under Narrow Your Search, select Limit to: UCLA Library and Format: Books ---- eBook. Click Search.

A screenshot of the Melvyl advanced search page with the keyword "sculpture," and "Limit to" and "Format" fields highlighted in red.

Verify the item you have found is an e-book by looking for the e-book symbol.


Click on the title of an item. If no links appear under UCLA , this means the item may be under a limited view status due to copyright restrictions.

Screenshot with UCLA links to the item highlighted.

If a link appears under UCLA, this means the library has access to the full text. Depending on the database or publisher, you may also be able to download the e-book as a PDF.

Screenshot of UCLA item with link to HathiTrust Digital LIbrary, Full view.

E-books at Other Campuses

E-books cannot be loaned between universities, even between UC campuses. UCLA users are only able to access e-books which UCLA subscribes to. Melvyl doesn't even provide a Request button for e-books. Your options for reading those books include:

  • Request a print edition by interlibrary loan. (In Melvyl,click on "View all editions and formats" to find a print version, which will have a Request button.)
  • Recommend that the UCLA Library purchase the e-book. (Not suggested if you need it quickly. Purchases may take months.)
  • Visit a library that has the e-book and use it on-site. (Public libraries may allow remote access to anyone with a library card.)
  • Purchase a personal copy from a regular e-book retailer.