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IUP Libraries E-Book Collections

E-book Access Programs During Coronavirus Pandemic

In addition to our existing e-book collections, many e-book vendors are opening up their collections to help students access textbooks and required readings during this challenging period. Check out the services below for access to large e-book collections.

RedShelf Responds

Through the RedShelf Responds initiative, Redshelf is providing students from non-profit, semester-based colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada no-cost access to digital textbooks for the rest of the semester. Each student may access up to seven free eBooks, and access will run through May 25th, 2020.

VitalSource Helps

VitalSource Helps supports students at semester-calendar schools who may have lost access to course materials due to their campus moving online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and instructors in the U.S. and Canada can now access, at no charge, an expansive catalog of etexts, through May 25, 2020 in the US and April 30, 2020 in Canada.

Internet Archive

To help students, researchers, and all readers around across the country, the Internet Archive is opening up access to its e-books to the public through the National Emergency Library. In order to borrow an e-book, you will have to register for a free account to obtain a virtual library card.


IUP subscribes to several e-book services. Use the links below to find the collection that's right for you.

Academic E-books

EBSCO Ebooks

Access more than 135,000 e-books across all academic areas including Academics, Clinical, Nursing, and Education.

Ebook Central

This collection, provided by ProQuest, includes more than 142,000 titles across all academic subject areas.

ScienceDirect eBooks

Access 39 classic and modern titles in the Sciences.

Springer eBooks

Access 1,337 titles in Behavioral Sciences, Business and Economics, Humanitis, Social Science, and Law.

Reference E-books

Credo Reference

Credo Reference contains more than 270 reference titles (encyclopedias, handbooks, and more) containing over 3 million entries.

Gale Virtual Reference

A collection of 92 reference titles across multiple disciplines, including history, business, science, literature, and education.

SAGE Knowledge

Access 86 reference titles and more than 4,000 individual ebooks via SAGE Knowledge

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