ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY
Access to the electronic book (ebook) collections of the Illinois State Library is provided via the State Library's Research Databases website. Many ebooks are also searchable within the Library Catalog. Software requirements vary for each collection. Current browser software is recommended for use with all ebook collections.
Offsite access to the State Library's ebook collections is restricted to current Illinois State Government Employees who hold a valid Illinois State Library card. Usage requires authentication by entering a 14-digit library ID number (located on the back of the library card) and last name.
Alexander Street Press is a publisher of award-winning, online collections for scholarly research, teaching, and learning. The State Library subscribes to the following collections. No special software required.
- Black Thought and Culture. This collection contains 1,297 sources with 1,098 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans.
- Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection currently includes 105 document projects and archives and more 53,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written altogether by about 2,200 primary authors.
The ebook Collection on EBSCOhost is the State Library's largest searchable full-text collection of electronic books. Some audiobooks are also available. Adobe Digital Editions is required for offline viewing of ebooks from this collection. This free software allows users to easily view and manage ebooks and other digital publications. Adobe Digital Editions may be downloaded from Adobe. You may use either the Bluefire Reader or the new EBSCO ebooks app for viewing ebooks on iOS and Android mobile devices.
Additional support resources for the ebook Collection on EBSCOhost are provided below:
- Connect to the ebook Collection on EBSCOhost
- ebooks Getting Started and Troubleshooting for Android Devices
- ebooks Getting Started and Troubleshooting for Apple Devices
- ebooks Getting Started and Troubleshooting for Mac Users
- ebooks Getting Started and Troubleshooting for Windows PC Users
- ebooks on EBSCOhost User Guide
- EBSCO ebooks App - Frequently Asked Questions
- Supported Devices
eRead Illinois is a two-year statewide program designed to increase access to ebooks for Illinois residents. Initial funding for eRead Illinois was provided by the Secretary of State through the State Library. The eRead Illinois ebook collection includes bestsellers, popular fiction and non-fiction.
To enjoy ebooks and digital audiobooks from the eRead Illinois collection on your tablet or smartphone device, install the free axis 360 mobile app from the Apple App Store (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch), Google Play (includes Nook tablets and Kobo tablets), or Amazon Appstore (Kindle Fire/Fire HD). Then, simply follow the instructions provided in the Getting Started guides provided below:
- Getting Started with Axis 360 on Android Devices
- Getting Started with Axis 360 on iOS Devices
- Kindle Fire Device Compatibility and Installation Instructions
- Video Instruction: Using the Axis 360 App on your Device
You may also use Adobe Digital Editions to download ebooks in the EPUB format from the eRead Illinois collection to a PC. To view titles in the EPUB format on iOS and Android mobile devices, the Bluefire Reader is required.
- Connect to eRead Illinois [PC use; Adobe Digital Editions required]
- Instructions for Viewing Axis360 ebooks in EPUB Format on Bluefire Reader
Gale Virtual Reference Library is an online library of trusted, authoritative electronic reference titles for multi-disciplinary research. Content provided in PDF (Portable Document Format) may be viewed or printed using your browser and Adobe Reader. Macintosh and Windows versions of Adobe Reader may be downloaded free from Adobe. ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech) is available for reading text aloud to users and for downloading in MP3 format.
Sage Reference Collection Online offers complete content to authoritative electronic reference titles and handbooks from SAGE Publications. Most content may downloaded in PDF (Portable Document Format) for offline use. Macintosh and Windows versions of Adobe Reader may be downloaded free from Adobe.