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E-Books and E-Texts

Off-Campus Access Instructions

These are selected large e-book/e-text collections and services. (Please note that the number of titles in any particular collection is only an estimate, intended to give a general idea of that collection's scope.)

For more complete and detailed holdings, search Socrates using the "Electronic Resources" tab, or consult various subject-specific lists such as:

Digital Collections at Stanford

Humanities Digital
Information Service

ACLS Humanities E-Book

Formerly known as the "ACLS History E-Book Project," now includes university press and learned society books across the humanities. Over 2,200 titles as of January 2009.


More than 7,250 books (as of January 2009) on computing and information technology from nearly 150 publishers.

Cambridge Books Online

From the Cambridge University Press, about 5,000 titles in all subject areas.

Cambridge Histories Online

The complete collection of this well-known reference series of 250 works, covering regional and world history, as well as topical histories.

Casalini EIO

Casalini Editoria Italiana Online includes nearly 8,000 Italian imprints (monographs, conference proceedings, and journal runs) published from the 1970s through the present, covering history, classics, anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, and other fields.

Dissertations and Theses

Information about locating dissertations and theses, both those completed at Stanford University and those from other universities.


Full-text searching and retrieval of over 65,000 titles in various disciplines, with a rich "information toolset." Printing and copying from ebrary are allowed, although particular titles may have print/copy page limits.

Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO)

More than 150,000 books and pamphlets published during the 18th century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages from titles in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

Elsevier ScienceDirect Books

More than 6,000 reference works, handbooks, monographs, and series, primarily in the sciences (including some social science titles).


Full-text scholarly monographs in history, available originally and exclusively as digital books, presented by Columbia University Press and the American Historical Association. Includes nearly 50 titles as of January 2009.


Engineering and scientific online reference works, including the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics. As of January 2009, includes about 2,000 works.

Literature Online (LION)

Over 350,000 full-text titles in English-language poetry, prose, drama, criticism and theory, as well as related author materials


About 26,000 e-books (as of June 2009) from notable publishers including Springer, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and others. Works best in Internet Explorer (Windows) and Safari (Macintosh).

National Academies Press

Full text searching and viewing of more than 3,700 titles (as of August 2008) in various disciplines.

The Online Books Page

Index of online books freely readable on the Web, maintained by John Mark Ockerbloom of the University of Pennsylvania.

Oxford Scholarship Online

More than 3,750 monographs (as of March 2010) from Oxford University Press in many subjects across the humanities and the social, natural and physical sciences.

Safari Tech Books

O'Reilly publications on technology, numbering more than 6,600 titles as of January 2009. Stanford's subscription allows for 6 simultaneous users, so please log out of Safari when you're done.

Sci-Technet Base

This collection includes 4,570 e-books (January 2009) covering scientific and technical information, including handbooks and single-volume reference sources.


An online library of statistical databases, periodicals, and about 1,000 e-books (January 2009) from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Books, journals, protocols and reference materials, in all subject areas, from Springer. As of March 2010, includes more than 36,000 e-books in more than 1,000 series.

Web Archiving @ Stanford University Libraries (New!)

A searchable, curated collection of at-risk social science resources harvested from the Web, including government documents, Freedom of Information Act requests, and a growing list of other sources.

World Bank e-Library

A cross-searchable collection of over 4,500 World Bank documents, including more than 1,800 World Bank publications and 2,700 Policy Research Working Papers as of November 2008.

Please note that most of these commercially distributed e-book and e-text collections are licensed for the non-profit educational use of the Stanford community, and access to them is restricted. Their use is governed by copyright law and individual license agreements. Systematic downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of licensed information is prohibited.


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