Catalog search tips:
While not every book has a digital copy, many do. Almost all of the Columbia/Barnard ebooks are available in CLIO. If there's a book you need that we don't have, ask us to see if we can purchase a digital copy for the library! Use the form in the link below or email your personal librarian.
Search in CLIO like normal, but choose both Book and Online in Format on the left side of the page.
However, the Online category doesn't include HathiTrust books.
Many books that Barnard and Columbia hold in print are available online temporarily through the HathiTrust Digital Library. Because we only own the print copy, they don't show up in the online section of CLIO. However, they have their own Location in CLIO, below Format. In the example below, you can see there are actually almost as many HathiTrust ETAS records as there are regular online books.
To read the book, click the link that says Log in for temporary access in the record
You'll be asked for your UNI and password, and then you can click Check Out button which checks the book out to you for an hour (it'll renew if you're still reading it).
You cannot download chapters or the book, but you can read it on screen. There are accessible links on the left side of the page for screenreaders.
You can place requests for book chapters in ILL or request a scan in CLIO. Either find a citation through QuickSearch/Articles or in the databases using e-link, or fill out the form in the ILL page.
You can select book chapter under content type on the left to narrow results to books.
Find the book, and click scan under Requests.
You'll need to get the page numbers to place the request - either find a table of contents or citation online for this (Amazon preview can be good for this). You'll get an email with a PDF within a few days.
If you see a citation only for a book chapter with no full text under QuickSearch, or use elink in a database, you'll get an option for ILL that will autofill the required info. Otherwise, go to the ILL page and fill out the form. Make sure to get the page numbers of your chapter! A link to a PDF of your chapter will be emailed to you within a couple days.
To access the ebook, click any of the links under Location: Online in a book record. Sometimes there's more than one, if multiple databases have the book.
Enter your UNI and password when prompted. Each database is different, so the way to download or read your book might look very different. Most have a way to search within the book. Many might present a chapter at a time. Some have print/download limits. Often, PDF Full text is what you want to look for. Below are screenshots of three common databases where ebooks are hosted.