Library e-books come from different vendors with different license agreements, but they can be divided into two major types.
Two types of library e-books
Unlimited simultaneous users -- No limit on the number of users who can use the e-book at one time. This is the access model the Vet Med Library prefers to purchase when possible. Most e-books from Elsevier and Wiley-Blackwell allow unlimited simultaneous users. The format of these e-books is as a PDF. Download the chapters, or sections, of the e-book you need. Please be sure to observe copyright and only use these PDFs for your personal use. Instructors -- Feel free to post the link to chapters, but not the PDF itself.
Restricted access -- Restrictions vary between vendors and even within vendor offerings! Common restrictions are 1 user, 3 simultaneous users and 300 checkouts per year. Once the access limit is reached, you will be blocked or put into a queue. Most EBL, Ebrary, NetLibrary and Ebsco e-books have restricted access. In addition to access restrictions, the format depends on the vendor. Although the e-book can be viewed in a browser, this is often slow and awkward. The Vet Med Library recommends downloading Adobe Digital Editions and creating a free account. This allows much more convenient and responsive viewing in PDF or epub format. In many cases, Adobe Digital Editions also allows you to transfer the e-book to your preferred reading platform.
All library e-books are available off-campus. To access e-books from off-campus, you will be asked for your Auburn University username and password.
Vet students and faculty: Use your VIN login to access their e-books.
Titles include: Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handook (8th ed., 2015); Small Animal Cardiovascular Medicine; North American Companion Animal Formulary; and BSAVA Small Animal Formulary (6th ed.)
IVIS e-books are free but you need to create a free account.
Titles include: Guide to Plant Poisoning of Animals in North America
e-Books in veterinary medicine & biomedicine
Most of our e-Books allow unlimited simultaneous users!
Access restrictions (if any) are noted (e.g., number of simultaneous users)
Don't forget to search the library catalog to find all books -- print & electronic