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Physical science and engineering e-books


  • ACM Books
    Quality books for the computer science community, published by ACM in collaboration with Morgan & Claypool Publishers.
  • ACS Publications
    E-books from the American Chemical Society. Includes access to Symposium and ACS Advances in Chemistry book series.
  • Bloomsbury
    Access to all Bloomsbury imprint titles from 2021 and selected titles prior to 2021, including natural sciences, design, and other disciplines.
  • ElgarOnline
    Provides e-books published by Edward Elgar.
  • GeoScienceWorld
    Provides e-books from GeoScienceWorld.
  • IEEE Xplore
    Provides e-books from IEEE and its partner publishers.
  • IET Digital Library
    Provides science, engineering, and technology e-books published by IET. McGill Library's subscribed content is indicated with a purple lock.
  • IGI Global Online - InfoSci Platform
    IGI e-book platform with unlimited simultaneous access and books can be downloaded in PDF.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    Reference books published by Oxford University Press.
  • RSC Chemistry E-books
    Provides biology, biophysics, chemical science, materials, medicinal drug discovery, and physics e-books published by Royal Society of Chemistry from 1968 to 2017.
  • ScienceDirect
    Provides e-books published by Elsevier. McGill subscriptions are indicated by a green square box.
  • Science of Synthesis (Thieme)
    Provides access to books in the Science of Synthesis series and the Houben-Weyl Archive.
  • SIAM E-books
    Provides e-books published by Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
  • SpringerLink
    Provides e-books published by Springer. You may download individual chapters and the whole book in PDF.
  • SPIE Digital Library
    Provides e-books on research in optics and photonics from SPIE Press.
  • Synthesis
    Provides books published by Morgan & Claypool. The whole book is downloadable.
  • Taylor & Francis eBooks
    Provides books published by Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Press, Routledge, etc. 
  • Wageningen Academic
    E-books on animal, food, plant, social, and environmental sciences published by Wageningen. The whole book is downloadable.
  • Wiley Online Library
    Provides e-books published by Wiley and its partner publishers.
  • World Scientific
    Complete e-book collection published in 2013 by World Scientific and titles in selected subjects published between 2005 and 2012.


University presses

The complete guide to using e-books is available at here.

  • How do I access e-books from off campus?

    Accessing e-books requires a connection to McGill’s network. You will need to log into EZproxy or VPN if you choose to access them from off campus.
  • Can I print out chapters of an e-book?

    Whether or not an e-book is printable is varying among platforms. Generally speaking, e-books available on a publisher platform can be printed by chapter. E-books from aggregators are more likely to be restricted to do so, but you may be able to print out the current screen or some pages, depending on the platform.
  • Can I download an e-book?

    Similarly, downloading allowance depends on the e-book platform too. E-books available on a publisher platform are usually downloadable by chapter or the whole book in PDF.
  • How many users can access an e-book at the same time?

    It depends on the platform. Many of our e-books available on publisher platforms can be accessed by an unlimited number of users simultaneously. However, e-books on some aggregator platforms only allow limited user access at the same time, for example, books on Skillsoft. A user may get a “maximum users reached” page after all the available seats are occupied.
  • Can I request a print copy for an e-book to which the library has access?

    Yes, you may request a print copy of an e-book through the Library’s InterLibrary Loan Service even if the library has access to that e-book but you find a print version would be more suitable.  


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Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering


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