E-textbook Rentals and E-book Loans

Electronic books are digital versions of printed books, although some are “born digital,” with features unavailable in the print medium. You can read e-books on a dedicated reader, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, or smartphone.

One advantage is that you can carry many e-books on a single, lightweight device. It’s also easy to search for a specific quote or reference – and some readers allow you to save highlighting and personal notes. One disadvantage is that it’s generally not easy to share your e-books.

The Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore offers e-textbook rentals (see a video demo). If a digital edition of a book is available, students are presented with that option when they purchase a text.

The Hesburgh Libraries have a large collection of ebooks available for loan. Search the ND catalog and look for the indicator “Online Access” or “ebook” (image below).

finding ebooks in the libraries

At Notre Dame

  • Hesburgh Libraries ebooks contact: “Ask a Librarian” (631-6258) asklib@nd.edu
  • Hammes Bookstore e-textbooks contact: Rose McMahon  (631-7828)

[updated August 2018]