Ebooks: using our ebook collection

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

Ebook databases

We subscribe to a databases containing ebooks and we collect books in digital format through National Edeposit (NED).

The 'Ebook' catalogue filter searches over 200,000 ebooks from the following sources (links to catalogue results):

EBSCOhost and ProQuest ebooks are downloadable (see the tabs in this guide for instructions). Ebooks from other databases can be read online. Access to NED titles is set by the publisher - you may be allowed to download the ebook, or you may only be able to read it onsite at State Library Victoria. Check each catalogue record for access conditions.

View our main ebook databases via A-Z databases.

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Read online or download

Free ebook sites

There are a number of other sources of free ebooks to read or download. Access will vary for each site.

Digitised Library Collections

We began digitising our collections in 1993. Since then, we have digitised more than 770,000 Library items including images and books.

Explore our popular digitised collections.

View all digitised books in our catalogue.

Get catalogue help with viewing digitised collections.

cover slang dictionary

The Australian Slang Dictionary, Cornelius Crowe 1895

National Edeposit (NED)

The National edeposit service (NED) was launched in August 2019 in a world-first collaboration between Australia’s national, state and territory libraries.

Australian publications in electronic form are to be captured and made available through NED. Book-lovers, researchers and curious minds can find Australian literary works alongside newsletters, fanzines, community and government publications.

Depending on the publication's level of access, Victorian Digital Legal Deposit titles read through our catalogue onsite and from home.

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