More About netLibraryThrough its membership in SOLINET (Southeastern Library Network), the VCU Libraries has purchased access to a shared collection of netLibrary electronic books (eBooks). Within the shared collection, VCU faculty, staff, and students have access to thousands of reference books, scholarly monographs, and consumer books that have been converted into digital format for electronic distribution. In addition, netLibrary offers an extensive collection of eBooks in the public domain, featuring classics in literature and history.
Currently there are more than 27,000 titles in the collection. The collection is broken down as follows:
- Titles across all subject areas and LC call number ranges: literature, business, history, health/medicine, sociology and religion are the strongest subject areas in this collection. Science, philosophy, computer science and education are also well represented. Other subject areas are evenly distributed throughout the rest of the collection.
- Over 250 publishers are represented. More than half are from university presses including Oxford University Press, MIT Press and Harvard Business School Press. Special effort was made to include all publications from universities within the SOLINET service area (the southeastern United States). Several of the southern university presses with titles in netLibrary are Vanderbilt University, University Press of Virginia, University Press of Mississippi, University Press of Florida, University of North Carolina Press, and the University of Alabama Press.
- 1998-to-the-present titles make up more than a third of the collection.
- Over 1300 science, technology, and computer science titles, including all O'Reilly titles are included in the collection.
- A 1000-title collection of public library selections including those titles of interest to academic libraries. These include "Complete Idiot Guides", career books, and travel guides. Fiction is not included.
eBooks are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week-- from any location in the world. netLibrary allows patrons to "check out" eBooks for four-hour periods and view them online.
Due to licensing requirements, access to the shared collection of netLibrary eBooks is restricted to current VCU students, staff, and faculty.