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E-Books in the COD Library: Home

The Library has a large and growing collection of non-fiction e-books to serve the educational needs of our students, faculty and staff. We also have a collection of popular e-books and audiobooks available for downloading to your device.

If you'd like to suggest an e-book for the library collection, use the Send Your Comments button to the right. Please include as much information as you can about the ebook and include your contact information. 

How To Get Started Using E-Books

Being able to access, download and read electronic books depends on what sort of device you have and what file types and additional applications your device uses.  All of the COD Library's e-books can be read on an Internet-enabled device using a web browser. 

To download books to read offline, make sure your device can read PDF files (most can) and/or download Adobe Digital Editions (or Bluefire Reader for Apple devices) and to check out books from our various collections.

If you are using a portable device or e-reader, select the E-Book Reading Devices button on the right to learn more, or look for your device in our FAQs

Non-Fiction (Educational) E-Book Collections

For College of DuPage students, faculty, and staff, there are a variety of e-book collections to choose from. Most of our e-books are also available in our Library Catalog, so you will find both e-books and regular books in your subject of interest via our library catalog.

EBSCO Ebook Collection and ProQuest Ebook Central contain a broad range of subject areas.

We also have a variety of specialized e-book collections such as Knovel Library for engineering topics, O’Reilly for Higher Education for computing and software, and Credo Reference for encyclopedias.

Read the descriptions of all of the collections to determine which might serve your needs best.


All Non-Fiction (Educational) E-Book Collections

Popular Reading E-Book Collections

The Library offers downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks through OverDrive for students, faculty, and staff. The OverDrive collection includes a variety of fiction and non-fiction e-books for pleasure reading and listening. For more information on how to use this collection, visit

Reaching Across Illinois Libraries (RAILS) offers fiction and non-fiction e-books to residents of the State of Illinois on the Biblioboard platform. A variety of great collections are available which you can read on your computer or your portable device.

You can also browse for free fiction e-books at the following sites:

Project Gutenberg

Internet Archive

Google Books

Free E-books for Kindle

Free E-books for Nook

For Free E-books for iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch, open your iBooks app and search the Library free-to-read books.

About E-book File Types and Downloading

It's important to know what file formats your device can download and read. The majority of newer mobile devices (like Kindle and iPad) are set up to allow reading of PDF files as well as special e-book formats like ePub. For more information about using your specific device with the COD Library collection, see the E-Book Reading Devices page, or look for your device in our FAQs

ePub Format (.epub)
ePub is an industry standard e-book format. In many cases, you'll need to download a small application called Adobe Digital Editions (or the Bluefire Reader for Apple devices) to use Library e-books in the ePub format. This software allows you to download ePub books in their entirety and read them offline, manages your check-outs of e-books from the Library, and protects the book from being copied illegally. See E-Book Reading Devices for more information about using ePubs on your portable device.

Kindle Format (.azw)
Amazon's Kindle format is proprietary. On your Kindle device, you can download and read .azw materials from You may be able to use the Overdrive app to check out library material on your kindle depending on the age of your device. Please visit this page to find out more about Kindles and Overdrive. The Library does not collect scholarly book material in the Kindle format. 

PDF Files (.pdf)
If your computer, e-reader or portable device can read .pdf files, then you can download chapters, sections and pages of most the Library's e-book collection.

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