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E-book Tips

Additional e-book options during COVID-19 closures
HathiTrust Digital Library now offers members Emergency Temporary Access Service for digitized versions of many of the books we own in print; just log in using your Amherst username and password.
JSTOR and Project MUSE have incorporated many additional e-books made available from publishers during the closures.

VitalSource and RedShelf have e-books temporarily made available by university presses, especially as a replacement for print reserves; note that they will ask you to create a free account, and they may have a limit of 7 free e-books.

We have multiple e-book collections, listed below. E-books will also appear in your search results. Look for Amherst College: Link to resource or Five Colleges: Link to resource.

Screenshot of book result with Amherst College: link to resource highlighted     Screenshot with ebook result and Five Colleges: Link to resource highlighted

To limit to e-books only in Search Everything, search for your keywords and then use the Source Types filter in your search results page.

Screenshot of Source Types limiter with eBooks option selected

You will also need to limit to only Amherst College or Five Colleges shared e-books. Use the Library Location filter to select both "Five Colleges E-Resources" and "Amherst College Frost Library."

Screenshot or Library Location results limiter with Five Colleges E-Resources and Amherst College Frost Library selected

Having trouble with access?
If an e-book is only owned by another Five College library (ex: UMass), you won't be able to use it online.

Check out our e-book Troubleshooting & downloading guide for issues with viewing or downloading e-books.

Google books can also be helpful, even if the book you're looking for isn't fully online. You can search for a title or a keyword, and be able to see snippets or preview pages. You might also be able to see tables of content or the index of a book to get other clues for your topic.

You can request a purchase for an e-book that we don't own, though not all will be available in that format.

Can't find a book you need?

If you're having trouble finding a book you need, contact us!

E-book Collections

Historical Digitized Book Collections