e-Book Sources

Owl with e-readerThere are many sources for obtaining e-books. This page focuses on those places where UI Ophthalmology Department Employees may find free or inexpensive e-books for both professional development as well as entertainment.

Resources provided through the University of Iowa Library System

  • AAO Basic and Clinical Science Set (on campus or HawkID required) 
    • This resource is a frustrating. To see the most recent set of the BCSC, Click on the "Bookshelf" link in the upper right corner of the screen just underneath Login (DO NOT login using this link unless you have purchased a personal copy of the BCSC). Once you are on the Bookshelf page, use the navigation links at the bottom of the page and go to page 6 or beyond to see the most recent volumes.
  • Hardin Library's Lib Guide for Ophthalmology
  • Other electronic books in the Health Sciences (via Hardin Library)
  • ClinicalKeyprovides access to more than 1100 medical texts published by Elsevier, articles from more than 500 journals, practice guidelines, drug information, and patient education handouts. All can be searched together, individually, or by type of resource (books, journals, etc.) ClinicalKey replaces MDConsult.
    Users must log in to (free) personal accounts to download PDFs.

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  • Ebrary: Academic Complete is a highly interactive eBook database from ebrary that covers all academic subject areas. The collection currently includes more than 30,000 titles from more than 220 of the world's leading academic, STM, and professional publishers.
  • Springer Books
  • Elsevier ScienceDirect E-Books: includes over 450 books published beginning in 2008.
  • The complete list of E-book collections from UI Libraries

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the original free ebook web site. Started by Michael Hart in the 1970s, the original collection was hand-entered character-by-character to digitize classic works of literature. The project has expanded to more than 30,000 books and documents that are in the public domain. As far as we know, this is the largest and best organized collection of classics on the internet. The books at Project Gutenberg are free, legal, and available as ePub, Kindle, HTML, and basic text documents.


 ManyBooks is a mini-Project Gutenberg with some bells and whistles layered on top including detailed entries with summaries, cover art, book reviews, and books formatted in over 20 digital formats. This is Project G. with a modern digital bookstore look and feel. The books are free; formats include LIT, LRF, ePUB, MOBI, PDF, and more.


FeedBooks has a regular ebook storefront, BUT there are also public domain and original books sections. The books include novels, short stories, and poetry collections. It is still a fairly small collection and primarily for entertainment reading.

The UI's HR Department has a number of resources at the E-Learning site.

Others you may want to explore include