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Library: Books &eBooks

Search for Books

Minerva Library Catalog logo The MINERVA catalog searches for books in our library. You can even search libraries across the state for books we don't have. Access the full platform here, or get started with the widget below.
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Our eBook collections are accessible via our trusted providers ProQuest and EBSCO. These collections provide thousands of unique, in-depth titles not available on our physical shelves. Lock Icon: SMCC users only

Ebook Central
EBSCO Academic eBook Collection

CREDO Reference specializes in reference ebooks. It provides overview, background information - like a Wikipedia you can trust.  Use the widget below to get started or access the full platform. Lock Icon: SMCC users only

Cloud Library

Cloud Library Logo and Link Provided by the State of Maine, the Cloud Library offers eBooks and AudioBooks for download. Start browsing online or download the app for a variety of platforms. Now you're free to read or listen on the go!

Reference Appointments

Research and Reference Help


Need a little help? Reference & research support from our Librarians is available! You can always email with general questions or appointment requests. You can also make an appointment for a 30 or 60 minute conference by accessing the schedules below.

Students with more flexible schedules are also welcome to drop in during regular business hours.

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Getting Started

Books: Where do I Begin?
Library Catalog for physical books
eBooks for online texts
Reference eBooks for background info
Pro Tip: Use keyword searches

Why Books?

Books present users with multitides of information and meet a variety of needs.

  • For general information, historical context, biographies, etc. - look for the quick access and informative content of reference books.
  • To learn about a specific topic in-depth - check out a book exclusively about your selected topic.
  • Don't forget, reading isn't just for research. You can check out something that interests you and read for fun any time!

Books can provide a broad scope, as well as a level of detail that can't be found in briefer journal articles. However, books take time to publish, so the content will not always be as up-to-date as what you may find in a database.