eBook Collections Illinois State Library

Alexander Street Press  •  Axis360/eRead Illinois  •  EBSCOhost  •  GVRL  •  HathiTrust  •  OTL  •  Sage Reference

Access to the electronic book (eBook) collections of the Illinois State Library is provided via the State Library's Research Databases website. Many eBooks are also searchable within the Library Catalog. Software requirements vary for each collection. Current browser software is recommended for use with all ebook collections.

Offsite access to the State Library's ebook collections is restricted to current Illinois State Government Employees who hold a valid Illinois State Library card. Usage requires authentication by entering a 14-digit library ID number (located on the back of the library card) and last name.

Alexander Street Press

Alexander Street Press is a publisher of award-winning, online collections for scholarly research, teaching, and learning. The State Library subscribes to the following collections. No special software required.

Axis360/eRead Illinois

eRead Illinois is a statewide program designed to increase access to eBooks for Illinois residents. Initial funding for eRead Illinois was provided by the Secretary of State through the State Library. The eRead Illinois ebook collection in Baker and Taylor's Axis 360 platform includes bestsellers, popular fiction and non-fiction.

Axis 360 Apps

To enjoy eBooks and digital audiobooks from the Axis 360/eRead Illinois collection on your tablet or smartphone device, install the free Axis 360 mobile app from the Apple App Store (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch), Google Play (includes Nook tablets and Kobo tablets), or Amazon Appstore (Kindle Fire/Fire HD). Then, simply follow the instructions provided in the Getting Started guides provided below:

Read Now Browser Reader

A Read Now Browser Reader option is also available that allows you to read eBooks from the Axis 360/eRead Illinois collection online or offline within your Web browser. To use the Read Now Browser Reader feature, Illinois State Library patrons must login to the State Library's Axis 360/Magic Wall via the browser on their device or PC. Once a desired title is located, simply Checkout the book and then click the Read Now in Browser button.

The latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer are supported. However, it is recommended that you use the native browser for the device you’re using. For example, Mac and iOS devices should use Safari. Chrome is the preferred browser for laptops and Android devices. Additionally, the feature works best if you allow pop-ups from the State Library's Axis 360/Magic Wall website. To learn more about the Read Now Browser Reader, visit the following Axis360 help pages:

Axis 360 with Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is required to open ACSM license files/DRM-protected eBooks downloaded from Axis 360. To download ADE, visit http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions.html. After you download and install ADE, you will need to authorize the software on the device or PC with an Adobe ID and password. This authorizes your computer to download protected eBooks from the Axis360/eRead Illinois collection.

Once ADE is installed and authorized on your device or PC, login to the State Library's Axis360/Magic Wall (State Library patrons only). When you find a eBook title that you would like to download, Checkout the book and then click the Download button. At the pop up box, you will be prompted to open or save an acsm file. This is a small file that Adobe Digital Editions uses to download your eBook. Click on Open.

If you do not receive an Open or Save prompt, you may need to locate the file in your Downloads folder and open it manually. To open an acsm file manually, launch Adobe Digital Editions and click on File > Add to Library. In the Add to Library dialog box, change the file type to Adobe Content Server Message (*.acsm). Locate and click on the saved .acsm file (e.g., URLLink.acsm), and then click Open.

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

The eBook Collection on EBSCOhost is the State Library's largest searchable full-text collection of electronic books. Some audiobooks are also available. Adobe Digital Editions is required for offline viewing of eBooks from this collection. This free software allows users to easily view and manage eBooks and other digital publications. Adobe Digital Editions may be downloaded from Adobe. You may use either the Bluefire Reader or the new EBSCO eBooks app for viewing eBooks on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Additional support resources for the ebook Collection on EBSCOhost are provided below:

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Gale Virtual Reference Library is an online library of trusted, authoritative electronic reference titles for multi-disciplinary research. Content provided in PDF (Portable Document Format) may be viewed or printed using your browser and Adobe Reader. Macintosh and Windows versions of Adobe Reader may be downloaded free from Adobe. ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech) is available for reading text aloud to users and for downloading in MP3 format.

HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.

Open Textbook Library (OTL)

The Open Textbook Library provides a growing and searchable catalog of free, peer-reviewed and openly-licensed textbooks. Open textbooks can be downloaded at no cost or printed inexpensively. The Open Textbook Library is supported by the Open Textbook Network.

Sage Reference

Sage Reference offers complete content to authoritative electronic reference titles and handbooks from SAGE Publications. Most content may downloaded in PDF (Portable Document Format) for offline use. Macintosh and Windows versions of Adobe Reader may be downloaded free from Adobe.