UT Libraries aims to provide ebooks that can be accessed by unlimited simultaneous users. Publishers often do not allow libraries to purchase electronic access to their textbooks, instead they may only offer ebooks for individual use in order to maximize the number of students who have to buy personal copies.
Any user can and should let us know about titles they are interested in via our Suggest a Purchase form.
Other publishers allow libraries to purchase some books electronically while marketing others as textbooks with only individual access, or put limits on the latest editions. This means that if professors have adopted texts from these publishers, students who are unable to purchase the text will have no access to the content. Rental textbooks are typically not licensed for library use.
Similar issues impact our ability to license streaming films, even when they are available for individuals to rent or buy through platforms such as Amazon, YouTube, Apple, or streaming through services like Netflix or Hulu. Please visit our Streaming Resources guide for more information about available platforms for streaming media.
Any instructor is welcome to contact the Libraries for assistance in locating electronic resources that can be provided by the Libraries.
Adapted from UNC Greensboro Libraries page
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