Learn About e-Books

What: With funding through USF Student Technology Fees, the USF Libraries can now acquire e-Books for classroom support. If there are books that appear on your reading list or books that you require or encourage your students to read for a USF course, we can explore whether these books are available electronically and purchase them.

How: If you are not sure if the books for your course are available electronically, we can do that work for you. We only ask that you submit the requested information so that we can locate the e-Books needed and some basic information about your course to help us to determine if this is a useful program. Once books are purchased, the requester will be notified. Once purchased, USF has perpetual rights to the e-Book and it remains within our online collection. We also attempt to purchase e-Books with unlimited access. If a limited number of users is our only option for an e-Book, we will consult with you prior to purchase.

e-Books purchased will not require any specific hardware such as an e-Book reader beyond a PC, laptop, or Mac. Many e-Book readers can be used with the purchased e-Books and most of these e-Books can be read on a smart phone, but as technology is changing so rapidly we are acquiring e-Books based on the lowest common denominator: online access that does not require anything more than a PC or laptop. Printing will vary with every publisher or vendor. We will take in to consideration that students will want to print portions of the readings.

Where: The books will be cataloged and made available through the USF Libraries online catalog. Links can be added to Blackboard for most e-Books.

Why: As one of the projects within the USF Textbook Affordability Program (TAP), we are exploring whether e-Books can help to reduce costs for students in USF courses and help to increase access to recommended or required readings found in books.

Who: As a service of the USF Libraries, this service is available to all campuses of USF.


Visit Springer Link»

SpringerLink is an integrated full-text database for journals, books, protocols, eReferences, and book series published by Springer. SpringerLink currently offers 2,765 fully peer-reviewed journals and 52,628 books online.

  • Browse by title, subject, author or editor
  • Unlimited use
  • Unlimited number of users

When you get to the homepage, browse the subject menu on the left for your subject. Click on your subject, and view titles available in your subject area.

And, most important, using the MyCopy feature, students may print a copy of any book for only $24.95.

For a 2012 Catalog of Springer ebook titles, click here » You’ll be able to view and download a catalog or a spreadsheet containing Springer titles.


To request the Library to order e-books for your courses, click here:

Fill out e-Books request form »