The University Libraries supports eLearning in digitally enhanced learning environments with library content and services. For more tips, watch E-books at the U Libraries: What we have, how to find them, and how to get help.

See the material below, contact your departmental library liaison or our Ask a Librarian service

E-books now make up a growing percentage of our collection. As we purchase more e-books, there are factors to consider:

  • Proprietary Platforms: Publishers have proprietary platforms with differing formats and search capabilities.
  • Downloading/Printing: They also have different policies on how many pages may be downloaded or printed.
  • Apps: Some vendors provide apps for mobile devices.
  • Single/Multiple Users: Some e-books allow for single or multiple simultaneous users.

E-books for courses:

The University Libraries may offer or be able to purchase academic e-books, including some textbooks, that you can integrate into your courses.

Faculty can contact their liaison librarians to identify content and/or request e-book purchases for direct course support. We will buy e-books for you if they are available.

Finding e-books often involves searching within and outside of the library catalog.

Locate books in the catalog by entering a title/subject/author, limit results to Full Text online, then limit to books. (see e-books.)

Many e-books are freely available.

Open textbooks are complete textbooks released under a Creative Commons, or similar license. See:CEHD catalog of open access textbooks

E-books have various options for simultaneous users.

Some e-books allow one person to view a title at a time (SUPO). Others have unlimited user allowances (MUPO).

Find out which e-books are SUPO/MUPO on the e-collections page.
(Not all e-books are available for MUPO purchase. SUPO e-books may sometimes be converted to MUPO). Contact your liaison librarian for information.

How do I link to an e-book in Moodle or your Web page? What about an individual chapter?

To link to an e-book from your Moodle page or course Web page, it’s best to use the persistent link that can be found in MNCAT. That will allow off-campus users to sign in when necessary.

The persistent link may be found by locating the book in MNCAT and clicking on Details, then Persistent Link, on the right. The URL at the top of the resulting page is the persistent one.

Whether or not you can link to individual chapters/pages of in e-book depends on the publisher of the book. Some allow it while others do not, and the methods vary among publishers. If you know the publisher, you can check the E-book Collections page, which notes if chapter-level linking is possible.

What devices can my students use to read U Libraries e-books?

It varies depending on the publisher of the book. Some have only Web-based options (good for the iPad and other devices with Web access), while others offer either apps or multiple versions with some optimized for various e-readers.

If you know the publisher of the book, check on the E-book Collections page for information on Kindle, Nook, and iPad options, or contact your liaison librarian or Ask a Librarian service for more information.

Can I put a U Libraries e-book on Reserve?

You may request that an e-book be put on the Reserve list for your course. A link to the book will appear on the Course Reserves tab which is associated with the Library Course Page for each class as well as under the course name on the myU portal page for each student. You are also welcome to link to the Course Reserves tab from your Moodle or course Web page.

E-books are not currently included in the U Libraries e-reserve system.

More information about Reserves may be found at or by contacting the U Libraries Reserves staff at or 612-624-3321.


For questions about copyright, see the University Libraries Copyright web site or contact Nancy Sims, our Copyright Program Librarian, at or 612-624-1851.

Can I print or download pages or chapters from U Libraries e-books?

Most publishers allow printing and some allow downloading. As with other features, the methods vary. If you know the publisher, check on the E-book Collections page for details or contact your liaison librarian or Ask a Librarian service for more information.

I'm interested in self-publishing an e-book.

There are many considerations when making a decision to self-publish a book.
What questions should I consider?