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e-Books: Using e-Books

Using E-Books

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San Diego City College Library offers you access to thousands of electronic books (e-books). Most of the e-book collection is licensed from EBSCO, the same vendor as our article databases, so you may notice these have a similar look and feel in their layout. The second large e-book collection is licensed from Gale, which includes encyclopedia sets and other reference books. E-books from different vendors differ by layout (interface) and download capabilities.  

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Our major collections are listed below. Each collection has a page in this guide with details for finding, viewing and downloading.

Note: Some of our other databases, like JSTOR, also include e-books. If a database contains e-books, it usually has a menu option (like a checkbox) to narrow your results to the e-book format.

Finding E-Books @ SDCC Library

There are three basic ways to find e-books @ SDCC Library: OneSearch, SDCCD Books+, and the A-Z Databases list. This video will quickly show you each method. If you view it on YouTube, a descriptive transcript below the screen will give more detail.

NOTE: The library web site has been updated, so the layout of the screens may vary a bit, but the content is similar. 

Access to e-Books

I'm off campus, how do I get access to an e-book from SDCC Library? 

  • You will be prompted for login information when you click on a link to an e-book database (collection).
  • Use your CSID number and last name to access our electronic databases from off-campus. Type in your last name exactly the way you registered for classes.
  • You must be enrolled in at least one City College course during the current semester, and have fully paid your tuition and fees in order to log in.
  • Some databases require that your browser be set to accept all cookies.
  • Security software may interfere with a database's user authentication protocol. You may have to temporarily disable it in order to connect to a database.
  • If you still have problems with your login, please contact

More e-Book Collections

Access to e-Books at Mesa College Library and Miramar College Library:

Because all three colleges share the same SDCCD Books+ catalog, you will see e-books owned by all three libraries. Due to licensing agreements, access to e-books may be restricted to users registered at a particular college. However, if you were teaching or taking classes at City AND Mesa, for example, you have access to both colleges' e-books.

Access to e-Books on the Web

Here are some more e-book collections you can access for free:

Guide Author

Sandra V. Pesce, PhD ~ Librarian/Professor Electronic Resources ~

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