Sauk Valley Community College

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eBooks at SVCC

The Sauk Valley Community College Learning Resource Center offers eBooks from several publishers. All eBooks are accessible 24/7 both on- and off-campus and can be read online without being downloaded.


Popular eBooks

Please see the eRead Illinois page on our website for access to popular eBooks for adults and children!

Scholarly eBooks


Reference books featured in the CREDO Reference research database are made available for access through the online catalog and will be displayed with other SVCC resources. They can be opened and read online, though off-campus access may require authentication using your college login credentials.


The LRC provides access through the online catalog to over 2000 eBooks by the Springer Publishing Company, primarily on Health Sciences topics. These books were obtained through a group purchase by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). Springer eBooks can be viewed and searched online, and up to one chapter at a time can be downloaded and saved or printed.


Another 2000+ eBooks in the SVCC catalog were purchased from NetLibrary, which was purchased by EBSCO in 2011. NetLibrary eBooks will be identified as such in the online catalog, but they can be accessed and used the same as EBSCO eBooks.


The LRC is now purchasing eBooks from EBSCO Publishing. These books can be accessed through the online catalog or through the EBSCO database suite, found on the LRC Research Databases page. All of these books can be accessed and read online, but they can also be checked out and downloaded to portable devices. Please see the links below for directions on downloading to external devices.


Checking Out EBSCO eBooks

You can read EBSCO eBooks online without downloading them and checking them out. Just click the “eBook Full Text” link after you have accessed the book from the online catalog or from the EBSCO eBook Collection.

Downloading eBooks is recommended for users who want to read an eBook offline or transfer it to an eBook reader or other device. View a Flash or PowerPoint tutorial on downloading. EBSCO eBooks uses Adobe Digital Editions software for downloading. Click here to verify that your device is compatible with Adobe Digital Editions.


Software Downloads and Account Creation

1. Create a My EBSCOhost account.

From the Online Databases page in the LRC Menu, choose EBSCO, and then click on the Full Text Journals link. Find and click on the Sign In link in the upper right corner, then find and click on the Create a New Account link on the Sign In page. Enter the required information and then click on the Save Changes tab.

2. Download Adobe Digital Editions software and create an account. Digital Editions is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems.

3. The Bluefire Reader application is recommended for iOS and Android devices.

4. EBSCO Support provides tutorials and help sheets on using various devices and platforms for downloading eBooks.