Electronic Books

As of February 2016, the ORU Library provides access to 144,980 eBooks. The eBook collections whose titles are searchable in the Library catalog are listed below in descending order of size. These collections are also listed in the Databases by Type LibGuide. For tips on how to highlight and annotate the Library's eBooks online and download them to read offline on a laptop or mobile device, use the eBooks@ORU LibGuide.

eBook Collections

ebrary Academic Complete is a collection of 130,804 academic electronic books from a wide variety of scholarly and professional publishers. Concentrations are in the areas of Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Humanities, the Social Sciences and more. The total includes 577 individually purchased titles.

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) includes 13,294 titles, which includes 1,152 titles in the Christian Librarians collections and 155 individually selected titles. 

Credo Reference is a collection of some 785 online reference titles from various publishers. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of 178 reference works, several of which are in-depth subject encyclopedias and dictionaries. 

Books@Ovid includes 19 full-text eBooks related to nursing and the nursing profession. 

Audiobook Collection (EBSCOhost) is a collection of 16 downloadable audiobooks. 


Selected eReference Titles

Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 2011

Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2d ed., 22 vols., 2007

Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3d ed., 5 vols., 2004

Encyclopedia of Counseling, 3d ed., 2007

Encyclopedia of Global Religion, 2 vols., 2012

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, 4 vols., 2013

Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2d ed., 10 vols., 2005

Encyclopedia of Religion, 2d ed., 15 vols., 2005

Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2d ed., 5 vols., 2001

The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, 4th ed., 6 vols., 2008

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2d ed., 9 vols., 2008

New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2d ed., 15 vols., 2003, and supplements 2001, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012-2013

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 6 vols., 2005

Oxford English Dictionary Online, 2011

Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2014


Embedded eBooks

In addition to the eBook collections, some eBooks are embedded in other non-eBook-specific databases. These embedded eBooks are not cataloged and therefore unsearchable in the library catalog.

To find embedded eBooks, go to the Publication Finder (formerly called the A-to-Z Journal List). Generally, the most productive search is one that uses a truncated form of the search term, e.g. market*. Or, for fewer results, use the full term, e.g. marketing. To limit results to eBooks, click <book> in the left menu under Resource Type. Results will include not only the embedded eBooks but also EBSCO eBooks.

In most cases, embedded eBooks are downloadable by chapter in PDF format, and may be read offline by downloading to a PDF reader or app.


Open Access eBooks

The eBooks and eBook collections listed here are restricted to use by current ORU students, faculty, and staff, but the Library also offers a Web page of free eBooks, which lists a number of open-access eBook collections. 


If you have questions about the eBooks provided by the ORU Library, please Ask-a-Librarian.

Updated: February 22, 2016.