Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Remote Online Library Support: Finding Textbooks & eBooks

This guide will support you while you are working remotely and will direct you to Library resources and support.

Find Textbooks

The Lyman Beecher Brooks Library does not generally purchase textbooks for the collection. We recommend that students purchase their Textbooks from the Norfolk State University Campus Book Store.

Faculty who seek complementary content for their courses are encouraged to use the library to search for open access textbooks. Using the Discovery link, typing in the terms: OpenStax College, and Open Textbook Library. We also recommend use of MERLOT II (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) 

Search for textbooks for your NSU courses:
Use Discovery to search the library databases for full text articles, ebooks and streaming video.

Open Textbook Catalog

MERLOT II (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) 

Access eBooks

Search thousands of eBooks 24/7, from anywhere!        

  • Use the search box to search for ebooks. 
  • On the results page, the left side-bar will allow you to limit your search.      
  • Check the box next to eBook on the results page.


eBooks on the Web

These links are available to the general public without a network ID login.
Access freely available eBooks using the links below:
Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg 
No registration or account necessary for unlimited free eBook downloads.
Hathi Trust Digital Library 
"HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide." 
This site requires free registration and access is limited to 5 PDFs and/or TXTs, or eBook downloads per month.
Read Print 
Read Print is an online community for users who enjoy books and reading. Members can utilize an array of services that include features to rate and review books, stories, and poems, create an online bookshelf, read books online as well as search for and create groups and lists of books, among other features.
Find textbooks that are not only free to learners, but open to editing by anyone.