Ebooks & Audiobooks
Middlebury College has access to hundreds of thousands of ebooks and audiobooks. Get started with these frequently asked questions (FAQs):
Why so many ebooks?
- As long as you have an Internet connection, ebooks are available anywhere in the world, immediately. Our ebooks extend the College Library to the Bread Loaf campus, our Schools Abroad, Monterey, and to research sites around the world in an instant. Our ebooks also don't care if the Library is closed.
- Except for a small number of titles, more than one person can use our ebooks simultaneously, at any time of the day, including ebooks on Course Reserve.
- Ebooks have a lower carbon footprint than paper books (according to a study reporting in the New York Times) and you could argue that e-readers are greener than old-fashioned books.
- Ebooks take up less room and weight on our bookshelves and in your backpack. With around 1 million physical items in the Middlebury Library, space is at a premium. (We're still adding thousands of paper books, newspapers, and journals every year too, which we hope you'll continue to enjoy!)
Where do I find ebooks?
General academic ebooks
EBSCOhost eBook Collection A smaller collection of academic ebooks.
Science and technology ebooks
Popular ebooks and audiobooks
Humanities, languages, and historical collections
Early American Imprints (1639-1819) virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over 180 years.
e-libro: Over 45,000 texts of Spanish language books, research papers, and thesis.
I'm not affiliated with Middlebury College. Can I read the Library's ebooks?
Generally, our ebooks are restricted to Middlebury College community members with user ID and password credentials. However, a few of our ebook collections are accessible at the Davis Family Library at our public computers. In these cases, you'll have an option of logging in as a "guest user." As a guest, you will have access to tens of thousands of ebooks for a 24-hour loan period.
Where do I find audiobooks?
Or browse downloadable audiobooks through Overdrive (go/books2go or go/audiobooks). These audiobooks can be played on a computer, a portable mp3 player, or mobile device. You can also browse audiobooks on CDs and downloadable audiobooks together by following this link to a MIDCAT search.
Do I need special software to read ebooks?
For the large majority of our ebooks, you'll need only a web browser and Internet connection. If you want to download and read ebooks offline see the next FAQ: "How do I download ebooks, read them offline, and move them to other devices?"
Here's a short list of free software downloads that will let you read e-books on your desktop or laptop:
How do I download ebooks, read them offline, and move them to other devices?
Many of our ebooks can be downloaded, moved between devices, and read offline. You will need special (free) software for that:
Adobe Digital Editions is required to download many ebooks for reading offline, moving between devices, and printing. For more help with downloading and moving EBL books between devices, follow our instructions for ebook Downloading.
iPads, iPhones or Android devices can download ebooks via the free Bluefire Reader app.
The OverDrive® Media Console lets you move audiobooks between devices and to copy them to CDs.
Download the free Amazon Kindle Reading App for every major smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Can I read ebooks on my Kindle? Nook? iPad?
If your device has a web browser (like a smartphone or tablet) you can read all of our ebooks online. Printing and offline reading require some extra finagling. See the next FAQ "Can I print pages from ebooks?" for more details.
Can I print pages from ebooks?
In most cases, printing can be done one page at a time through your web browser. Ebooks downloaded through Adobe® Digital Editions allow printing by the page, range of pages, or chapter. Printing is restricted to 20% of each ebook, and copying to 5%. Generally, our ebooks keep track of your printing so that you don't need to.
Where can I find more ebooks and audiobooks (especially free ones)?
Millions of older, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books exist online. Take advantage of them! Here are a few:
Kindle Popular Classics from Amazon
HathiTrust Over 3 million works available as full-text ebooks.
Internet Archive over 2.5 million free ebooks to read and download
Open Library over 1 million ebooks published between 1008 & 9999
Project Gutenberg over 40,000 free ebooks