Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

Reference eBooks

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Nearly 150 Reference book titles, many multi-volume, are searchable as eBooks.  Included are subjects such as Biography, Business, Education,Environment, History, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science and Social Science.  Search the collection by clicking here.

OpenLibrary.org: A digital library offering materials that are no longer under copyright. These freely available ebooks can be read right away in your browser. Search the collection by clicking here.

Books to BorrowA digital library undertaken by the OpenLibraries initiative of the Internet Archive, which offers digitized ebook versions of books which are still protected by copyright. These ebooks are available to anyone with an Internet Archive library card, which you can sign up for using an email address. The digital library is protected by CDL (Controlled Digital Lending), a legal standard that provides for compliance with copyright law by ensuring that one physical copy is owned for every copy that is available on the digital library. The digitized books have the possibility to reach people who cannot visit a physical library to access those collections, and have features that make using the digitized copy much better for research, like the OCR (optical character recognition) process used while scanning the book to make the text searchable. This function is available in the streaming browser reader, which makes it greatly helpful to someone using the book as a source for an assignment.

To use the items in Books to Borrow which are still under copyright, sign up for an Internet Archive library card (all that is required is an email address) here, then use that library card to check out any of the digital materials available! Just like reading an ebook from our other services, you can read in the browser or download as a PDF or ePub.