Electronic books, or e-books, may be read on computers, mobile devices, and dedicated e-readers. This guide provides links to digital books at the Library of Congress and options for finding electronic books online, on the web and in other libraries.
Elizabeth L. Brown, 2021 update, Reference Librarian, Researcher & Reference Division
Yasmeen Mughal, 2017 update, Library of Congress Junior Fellow, Ithaca College
J. Cheyenne Hohman, original author, 2011, Alternative Spring Break Intern, University of Kentucky.
Created: April 2011
Last Updated: April 13, 2021
The Library of Congress provides access to a wide array of resources, both on-site as well as online. E-books, or electronic books, are texts that can be viewed or downloaded to be read digitally. In recent years readers have increasingly turned to e-books for their research and leisure activities. Online marketplaces have made it easy to access texts at any time and from anywhere, including on the go. Specialized e-reader devices, tablets, laptops and smartphones can store hundreds of titles while offering access to additional texts through cloud-based services.
This guide presents currently available options for finding e-books, including how readers can access Library of Congress e-books through desktop computers, mobile devices, and e-readers.