How to find ebooks through our online databases or Library Catalogue
You can use eResources to locate full-text ejournals on a range of topics, available through the National Library of Australia. Some resources are available onsite but if you are registered with the National Library of Australia, you can login with your library card and access many resources from any Internet connection, anywhere in Australia.
Databases with ebooks
eResources contains a number of databases which hold ebooks, such as:
- Ebsco ebooks
- Early English Books Online
- Early American Imprints. Series 1, Evans (1639-1800) (Onsite only)
- Making of the modern world
- Gerritsen collection : women's history online, 1543-1945
- Myanmar Book Centre (Onsite only)
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
You can search eResources using the terms 'ebook' or 'ebooks' for a full list of databases which hold ebooks.
Search for ebooks in the Catalogue
National Library ebook collections come from a number of sources, but you can find many of them through the Catalogue. Here’s an example:
Type “Joseph Banks” in the search bar. There are over 1250 results but we only want to look for electronic books.
Use the Narrow Search option at the right of the screen; select Book. You can then see more choices under E-resources:
- All online (May include website and other resources such as the University of Sydney Library, Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service)
- Subscribed database (National Library subscriptions, also available through eResources)
- NLA digitised material (From the Library’s digitisation projects)
When I find an ebook, how do I view it?
When you find an ebook in the Catalogue, there will be an Online Access link. When you click this link you will be prompted to login with the User ID on your Library card. After you enter these details and login, you will be redirected to the ebook.