Q. How does one borrow an ebook for a course?
Simon Fraser University does not have any e-books that need to be checked out. All of our e-books are accessible via the internet on a web browser with your normal SFU ID and password.
Find an e-book in the catalogue
Wherever an e-book is limited to only 1 simultaneous user – it will be stated in a note field:
Here is an example of one: http://troy.lib.sfu.ca/record=b5836408~S1a
When that limit is reached – the site will simply not give you access and ask you to check back later.
If there is no note about 1 simultaneous user, then access is unlimited.
Depending on the e-book, you may encounter limits on saving and printing functions. Some e-books may limit you to saving or printing as few as 10 pages and as much as 80 pages depending on the website and/or the title of the book.
Other e-book websites have no limits and you can download pdf chapters of the book for your personal and educational use.
Here is a partial list of the different e-book websites available at SFU :
Many e-books purchased by the SFU Library are also not designed for any specific e-book reader (like the Amazon Kindle, Kobo or the Sony e-Reader). However, many of these e-book readers are capable of opening and storing pdf documents.
Let me know if you have any more questions about e-books at SFU Library.
Sandra Wong, Electronic Resources Librarian