EBL E-Books

A rapidly-rising “player’ in the world of academic electronic books is a company called Ebook Library (EBL), which provides nearly 300,000 books from hundreds of publishers, including many of the most important in the academic market.

Washington and Lee researchers now have increasing opportunities to use EBL e-books, which are listed in Annie, the library catalog, as well as in other locations in the library’s Web site.

The University Library has begun purchasing individual EBL e-books on a title-by-title basis, always keeping in mind a number of factors, including our curriculum and user population, the nature of the individual work, and the increasing need to conserve physical space in our buildings.   Here is an example from Annie:

We also are taking advantage of an experimental project of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) to provide over 2,300 EBL e-books in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through Annie.   You can view that list here:

W&L users may notice two differences between EBL e-books and other e-book systems we use.   First, you may have to enter your W&L ID and password to gain access.    Second, readers who spend more than 5-10 minutes browsing or reading will be prompted to “borrow” the book. If you respond “yes,” you can continue using the book for up to 24 hours.   At the end of that period, you have the option to borrow again.    Borrowing does not interfere with anyone else at W&L also using the book.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.

Books from Project Muse

Diligent researchers at Washington and Lee (and elsewhere) may be familiar with Project Muse as a database of scholarly journal articles, mostly in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Now W&L is taking advantage of another Project Muse option:  e-books.

Project Muse offers PFD-based versions of thousands of books from university presses and other respected publishers.    The W&L University Library has begun selecting individual Project Muse e-books on a title-by-title basis, always keeping in mind a number of factors, including our curriculum and user population, the nature of the individual work, and the increasing need to conserve physical space in our buildings.   All items are listed in Annie, the W&L library catalog.

Here are a few of these recent acquisitions:

And here is a complete list of the Project Muse e-books to which we have access.

As always, we are interested in your comments and questions.   Please contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.

"New" University Librarian

The Washington and Lee University Library is very pleased to announce that we have a new University Librarian — John Tombarge.

John assumed this somewhat familiar role on July 1.  For more information, see this W&L News Office release.

We hope you will join in welcoming John to his new position.