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Odum Library has e-books from a variety of academic publishers in several vendor databases. Since each e-book vendor is different, please visit the specific e-book database guide as listed in the menu for more specific information regarding viewing, printing, copying, and downloading instructions.

Finding E-Books

If you want to find an e-book at Valdosta State University's Odum Library, there are several places you can search. 


Library Catalog



1. Visit  Odum Library's catalog, GIL-Find.  From here, you can do a basic search. Alternatively, you can click on Advanced Search for more search options and fields. 


2. Search the catalog using keywords. You can search by title, subject, author, etc.  Select the format: Books. 

Screenshot of Advanced Search in GIL-Find. One drop down box says in subject. The corresponding search field says Linguistics. Books has been selected from the Format drop-down menu.


3.  In the search results, click on Full Access Online. This option can be found above the search results or in the column to the left of the search results. 

Screenshot of search results in GIL-Find. Under availability, select Full Access online.





1. Search in Discover GALILEO by author, title, subject, etc. 


2. Limit by Type to view only eBooks.


a) For Bento Search, select the "eBooks" pill button under the search bar

Image of GALILEO Discover search of Edgar Allan Poe


b) For Classic Search, select "eBooks"  under the "Source Type" section

Source Types drop down menu with options Academic Journals, Magazines, eBooks, Reviews, News, +14 more. eBooks is selected

E-book Database




1. On the Discover GALILEO home page, click "All Databases"

GALILEO Discover main screen. All Databases highlighted.


2. Click on Books, E-Books, and Book Reviews 

List of all databases with the ability to sort by type listed. Books, Ebooks, and Book Reviews is highlighted.


3. Select an eBook database that interests you and search within it for eBooks. 

Accessing E-books

E-books and the e-book databases are accessible on & off campus.  Off-campus access requires login using your VSU Email username/password.


If you have difficulty logging-in, please use the "Live Chat" button to request assistance.   


The database vendor may require the creation of a free account to download e-books or perform other tasks, i.e. saving to a favorites folders or adding notes. If you create one of these accounts, please use your institutional email address ( 

Looking for General Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Try Your Local Public Library


Many public libraries including the South Georgia Regional Library (SGRL) offer popular fiction and non-fiction e-books and audiobooks through RBdigital. 


For information about getting an SGRL library card and securing the necessary PINES password visit South Georgia Regional Library or check with the public library in your home community. 

Reading, Downloading, and Printing of E-books

Reading E-books



  • You can read e-books online in a web browser. 
  • Some e-books are restricted to one reader at a time. 
    • You will receive a message if a book has reached its limit of users.



  • Many e-books are compatible for download for mobile devices and e-readers. 
  • Additional apps like Adobe Digital Editions or the EBSCO Mobile App may be required.
    • Adobe Digital Editions is not a part of the Adobe Suite offered by VSU. To use the Adobe Digital Editions, you will need to create a personal account. 


E-books and Printing and Copying

  • Academic e-book content is usually limited to printing/copying a specific number of pages or chapters.