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E-Books at the Law Library - User Guide  

This LibGuide is intended to help our users search for e-books, read e-books online, and download e-books to one of the Law Library's devices or a personal device.
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Law Library E-Books FAQ

1.  Who Can Access Law Library E-Books?

The Law Library's e-books are only available to law students, staff and faculty.  To access the e-books platform, you will need to sign in using your USD network username and password.  The system will only recognize authorized law users.

2.  What Equipment Do I Need to Read the E-Books?

You should be able to access e-books from any desktop or laptop computer, as well as most tablets, e-readers, and smart phones.  All of the Law Library's computers and portable devices have been configured to access and download e-books.

3.  How Long Can I "Check Out" an E-Book?

All of the e-books have a 7 day short-term loan period.  You can access your e-book from multiple devices and locations during that 7 day period.

4.  Can I Preview an E-Book Before Checking it Out?

Yes, you can browse within a book for up to 10 minutes before being prompted to check it out.

More Questions?

The Law Library staff is always available to answer your questions!  See us at the Circulation/Reference Desk, call us at (605)677-3930 or email us at


Accessing the E-Books Platform

To access the Law Library's e-books platform, please use one of the following options:

1.  LINK DIRECTLY HERE (platform will open in a new window)

2.  Use the link on the Law Library's Research Databases and Resources page (under Online Research on the left menu).

You should then see a screen requiring you to enter your USD network username and password:

Once you have authenticated, you should see the main page of the EBL E-Books platform:

For instructions and help on searching the platform and accessing e-books, please see the other tabs of this LibGuide.


Fast Facts About the E-Books Program

The Law Library's e-books are available through the vendor EBL, which is a division of ProQuest.  The Law Library is participating in a consortial agreement between MALLCO (the Mid-America Law Library Consortium) and EBL to provide this resource. 

The e-books available in this program are law titles only (Library of Congress K classification), and the titles available vary on a monthly basis, depending on publisher availability and pricing.  For the month of January 2015, approximately 6000 titles were available to the Law Library's users. 

Law users are reminded that they also have access to non-law e-book titles through the USD University Libraries.  The University Libraries e-books are available through a number of different platforms and can be most easily searched using the online catalog available on the University Libraries main page.  Catalog records for the Law Library's e-books are not contained in the online catalog, and the E-Books platform must be searched separately to locate law e-books.

The Law Library welcomes your feedback about the e-books program!


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