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eBook User Guides

The Commerce Research Library's eBook collection is made up of a variety of sources. The eBook User Guide assists with searching, navigating, and using the various eBook platforms.

eBook Central

Search, read, copy, and print from over 90,000 eBooks from leading scholarly publishers with eBook Central.


The eBook Central interface and ebook readers are designed to be accessible, giving users the ability to manage aspects of the site. To learn more about Accessibility Mode, visit their website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the Library's eBooks?
The Library's eBook Central collection is one of a variety of sources of eBooks. Use eBook Search for a comprehensive search of all eBooks available to you. Visit eBook Central if you only want to see books included in our eBook Central collection.

Who can read the Library's eBooks?
Department of Commerce staff and contractors stationed at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, DC, with a Library Account may use eBook Central.

How do I read eBook Central eBooks on my device or offline?
eBook Central is designed with mobile in mind. Access the site from your tablet or phone, and read in your mobile browser. Additionally, you are able to download a chapter of an eBook and share it.

It is possible to download a full eBook and read it offline. However, the Library does not recommend doing this. Due to the digital rights management requirements, downloading the full eBook requires you as the user to go through many steps. For step-by-step guidance, visit their tutorial.

Getting Started Video

Getting Started

1. If you don't already have one, request a Library Account.

2. Use eBook Search for a comprehensive search of all eBooks available to you:


3. Once a book is selected, if the book is from eBook Central, it will say so under View Online. Click on the hyperlink.

4. You will be asked to log in with your OpenAthens account and then taken directly to the book.

5. Click Read Online to begin reading the book in your browser or use the Table of Contents to Download/Read Online a specific section.

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