Thanks for your message. We are offering ebooks in several ways. Those we subscribe to and those we purchase, but we are also offering access to more than 50,000 ebooks we don't own.
You can view these books for 5 minutes, then if you wish to use them longer, click on the option to Borrow for a period of 1 or 7 days, or recommend that we purchase the book. The link in the catalog reads: View e-book for 5 minutes and/or request a loan or purchase.
These requests are approved within 12 hours of being submitted, with many approved within the hour. By doing this we can offer our users access to many more titles than we can afford to purchase outright. If several users request a loan of an ebook, for which the library pays a fraction of the full cost for, we will then consider buying the book.
Give it a try! Don't hesitate to let us know if you have any problems with these books.
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)