What is an e-book?
An e-book, short for electronic book, is a book in digital format. Some books are born digital (where never in print previously) and others are digital copies of the print format. E-books have grown steadily in numbers and preference with the advance of gadgets that are used to read the e-book in our increasing digital age.
Siena College offers e-books from several providers, all of which are located in our catalog, CYRIL and/or directly searchable via the provider's platform. Click here to see a complete listing of all e-books found in CYRIL.
E-book records in CYRIL
Each e-book available at Siena has a record in CYRIL. There are ways to tell if an item is an e-book or a print book:
- The catalog image associated with all e-books is:
- After the title of the book, the phrase 'electronic resource' will follow.
- There will be a link to click on in the record that will take you to the book
- Each collection of e-books will have a different display of the link, see the Collections tab to get collection-specific information.
Search the Library Catalog
The use of e-books is available off-campus for members of the Siena Community. Once you have located a book in the catalog, click on the appropriate link to get to the e-book platform. Before you land at the platform you will be prompted for your login credentials (the same login used for the computers on-campus). Enter your credentials and you should then pass through to your desired e-book. **The NetLibrary collection is different. See collection information on how to access these titles off-campus.**