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e-Book access (and a bit more) for physical scientists and engineers

Off-Campus Access to library resources

There are multiple ways to access library resources from off campus.

More on e-book access:


Library Questions about Physical Sciences and Engineering?

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Contact:  Belinda Hurley,

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490E, 18th Avenue Library

Wish you had that book that's sitting on your OSU office or lab shelf?

You might be surprised to know that even many of the most esoteric (and old) science and engineering books have been scanned and are available electronically.  GIve the following options a try and if they don't work, contact me and I'll see if there are any other options (

18th Avenue Library 1.  Ohio State Libraries e-books (includes OhioLINK e-book packages): (change dropdown menu to "E-books")Note: If you search from the libraries' homepage instead of the above link, you might be directed to e-books held by other libraries (and you probably won't be able to access those). 

2.  As of November 20, 2020 access to items available though "Emergency Temporary Access" at HathiTrust has been reinstated.  THIS ACCESS WILL END ON MONDAY, JAN 11, 2021.

OSU is a member of the Hathitrust, which contains millions of scanned books from academic libraries.  Along with our regular Hathitrust access, while our physical facilities are closed, we have access to over one million additional scanned titles from OSU's print-only collection.  Go to the Hathitrust, click on the yellow "Log in" button and  choose "THE Ohio State University" as your partner institution.  (Advanced Catalog search is recommended for best results.)
Article Express 3.  Place a request with our ILLiad/Article Express group.  They can often obtain e-chapters.  If you don't have an ILLiad account, registration is free:
4.  If none of the above options work or if you simply want a more permanent solution, send me an email. If the publisher makes the title available as an e-book purchaeable by libraries, I'll authorize the purchase.  Access from major publishers can often be established within a matter of a couple days.

A note about textbooks:  CarmenBooks is an Inclusive Access program that offers digital copies of selected textbooks.  More info

Dedicated pages for Science and Engineering Library Resources

The Ohio State Libraries homepage is designed to serve the information needs of a multitude of disciplines.  For more direct access to library resources specifically for the physical sciences and engineering, the following pages are strongly recommended:

Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering

Engineering (MAE, MSE, ECE, ISE, BME, CBE)

Physics and Astronomy

Engineering Education