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An e-book, or electronic book, is a digital version of a traditional printed book designed to be read on a computer or other digital device. Currently, the Library owns nearly 20,000 e-books on a variety of academic, vocational, as well as general interest topics. These e-books are contained in two separate collections, the EBSCO eBook Collection and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

E-Book Access & Assistance

Off-campus access to Merritt College Library e-books is available through remote authentication with your student/employee ID number.

Librarians are available during the Library’s regular hours of operation to assist you with accessing and using ebooks. You may consult with a librarian in person at the Reference Desk, on the phone at (510) 436-2557, or online by clicking on the blue LibChat tab on the right side of the screen.

The EBSCO eBook Collection offers a comprehensive selection of nearly 16,000 e-book titles in all core subject areas including social sciences, humanities, science, technology, medicine, the arts; thousands of front list and bestselling trade titles; ready reference materials including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, and handbooks; resources for students, teachers and faculty; and much more. An EBSCO eBooks app is available for Android and iOS mobile devices.

The Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is an electronic collection of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.