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Finding & Using eBooks: Home

Finding eBooks


Use UC Library Search to search for books or for e-books by keyword, author, title and other criteria.


  • Enter search terms in UC Library Search and select the UC Merced Catalog profile at the right of the search box field. Click enter. 

  • To see only ebooks , click "Online Items" on the lefthand side under "Show" and select "Books" under Resource Type. 
  • Click on the name of a title that interests you
    • If the item is available online- click on the green Available Online link to find ebook locations. 
    • If the ebook is not held at UC Merced you will see a Check Availability link. Follow the prompts under Get It to make a loan request. 


You will need to be connected to the VPN and signed into your library account to access ebooks from off-campus and to see all results available to you. 

Accessing and Navigating Ebook Central (ProQuest) eBooks in UC Library Search (LibWizard Tutorial)

More eBook Information


E-books are delivered from many different platforms. When possible, our priority is to purchase titles and collections from publishers and providers who allow perpetual access, unlimited users, and few restrictions, if any, on printing and copying.

E-Book Help

For assistance with e-books, contact a librarian by chat, phone or email, or request assistance at the second floor Library Services Desk.

ProQuest Ebook Central LibGuide

E-book Reader Software

Any of the library's e-books can be read online using a web browser. The following software is required for offline reading:

Adobe Reader

  • Use with any DRM-free PDF 3-book.
  • Use on Windows, Apple, or Android devices.

Adobe Digital Editions

  • Use with Ebook Central.
  • Use this software for offline reading on your desktop Windows (PC) or Apple (Mac) computer. This reader can also be used with screen reading software for vision impaired users.

Bluefire Reader

  • Use with Ebook Central.
  • Use this software for offline reading on iOS or Android mobile devices.

Finding ebooks (Video)