Ebooks: using our ebook collection

Help for Library users of ebook platforms available at the State Library

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Penny Chan
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Using State Library Victoria's eresources

State Library Victoria provides free access to over 200,000 ebooks. All eresources can be accessed by anyone within the Library and from home for State Library Victoria members (if your home is in Victoria). Become an access member online or send us a membership query.

Ebooks complement our print collections. We collect across a wide range of subjects including social sciences, history, economics, literature, biography, sport and architecture.

You can find these ebooks by searching the catalogue or browse our curated ebookshelf. The ebook catalogue filter searches the following sources:

ProQuest and EBSCOhost ebooks can be downloaded (see the tabs in the guide for instructions). Ebooks from other databases can be read online. Some NED ebooks can only be read in the Library building - check each catalogue record for access conditions. 

View our main ebook databases via A-Z databases and visit the other ebook sources tab for even more ebooks.


We are continually adding ebooks to our catalogue.

Browse our curated Ebookshelf (updated monthly).

You can see previous highlights on the Ebookshelf Archive.

Our two main suppliers are Proquest Ebook Central and EBSCOhost Ebook Collection.

View all ebook databases in A-Z Databases.

Visit our other ebook sources page for more ebooks.

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What are ebooks?

The ebook is "[a] book written and distributed in an electronic format for reading on an e-reader or a computer screen, esp. (in later use) one in a format designed specifically for use with an e-book reader." (Oxford English Dictionary

Interested in learning more about ebooks and how they came to be? Explore with this ebook, A short the history of ebooks in 20 drawings by Marie Lebert (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International).