Database of the Month for September — ebrary

Ebrary is an ebook databases that covers over 70,000 titles in multiple disciplines. The topics ebrary covers range from art, education, history to law, political sciences, social sciences, and philosophy. Very recently, ebrary just updated its online reader which streamlines the online reading and downloading experience. The interface and navigation is much cleaner and more straightforward. You can start searching ebook titles using JULIEN. There will be a direct link taking you to the title page in ebrary. Or, you may conduct a search directly in ebrary (can be accessed through the database list).

Once you land at the book page, you’ll be able to read the ebook online, create a pdf and print certain pages, or download the entire book for up to 14 days. This is what the page will look like.


Here are some of the great features ebrary offers:

  • Anytime access
  • Off-campus access
  • Downloading to laptop/desktop
  • Copying and pasting
  • Highlighting
  • Automatic citations
  • Ability to email texts
  • Downloading to devices
  • Annotating

If you’d like a more detailed instruction on printing, downloading, or creating an ebrary account, check out the guide on ebooks created by our colleague Lisa. On this site, you’ll also find instructions on reading ebooks on your devices. If you need more information, ebrary also created a guide on finding, searching and using ebooks.

We are thrilled that ebrary is part of our subscribed database collection. We hope you’ll find it a useful tool for your researches. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about using this database. Email us at, any of the reference librarians will be able to help.

P.S., on a side note, VLS recently had a new website. The full library contents (ILL, databases, library hours, etc.) are on the portal site ( VLS login is required.


Chenfang Yang