Use the Library Catalogue to find e-books purchased by the McMaster University Libraries.

Additional copies are often available on the Scholars Portal E-book platform.

Information about individual publisher collections and platforms is provided at e-books@Mac, including usage rights and limitations.

E-Book Strategy

Overview document prepared by Wade Wyckoff and Janice Adlington, July 2009


Collection Policy

  • primarily English
  • reference books in other languages, as appropriate (e.g. dictionaries)
The ebook market is still in a state of flux but the University Library’s eBook Working Group is monitoring developments and purchasing ebooks selectively.

Purpose of Collecting eBooks

  • respond to evolving user needs
  • potentially useful for reserve
  • provide current editions
  • part of an innovative approach to service

November 2004; updated October 5, 2005

  • eBooks readable with a web browser or Adobe reader
  • eBooks from vendors which:
    • supply MARC records
    • permit walk-in users, e-reserves, integration with course management software (A2L, Learnlink) [keeping a watch on ILL]
    • COUNTER compliant (http://www.projectCounter.org)
  • Reference - all areas
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Business
  • Science
  • Engineering

Arts and Social Sciences

eBooks which require proprietary software and/or hardware devices