Student Access Office


Accessible Textbook and eBooks


CourseSmart is a new venture founded and supported by six higher education textbook publishers: Pearson, Wiley, McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin, Cengage Learning, and Jones and PBartlett Publishers. Their mission is to improve teaching and learning by providing instructors and students better exposure and access to digital course materials.

CourseSmart brings together thousands of textbooks across hundreds of courses in an ebook format on a common platform. In doing so they provide a number of unique benefits to instructors, students, partners and institutions.

Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning offers some services for students with disabilities, including audio books and ebooks. They do not currently produce accessible products in Braille, large print, audio format, or with closed captioning, although some ebook products are accessible using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Cengage Learning will provide digital files, if available, for any student with a disability verified by the designated accessibility officer of their school or university within the U.S. and Canada.

Before requesting files from Cengage Learning, check if the product is available in the format you need:

Requests for Cengage Learning files must be submitted by the accessibility officer at the institution or a legally authorized entity. Files will be provided only to such representatives.

The product must be adopted for classroom use, and each qualified student must purchase the product or the institution may purchase a copy for each qualified student.

Cengage has also begun to sell ebook versions of many texts directly to students. The entire list is not yet available on this site, but many books are.

Elsevier Health

Evolve Select is available for Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, and Medicine. All of the books are provided on CD-ROM and installed onto your computer. 

Online eBook Resources

Adelphi University Bookstore
Offer e-textbooks for certain required textbooks.
Provides e-textbooks and audio format.

Learning Ally
Provides e-textbooks and audio format.  (For information regarding a free membership, contact the Student Acess Office.)

Provides alternative format textbooks in PDF and DAISY

Cengage Brain
Provides e-textbook rentals and e-textbooks.

Course Smart
Provides e-textbooks.
Provides e-textbooks.

Provides e-textbooks. publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge for home and classroom use.

Bibliomania’s library of classic literature, reference books, and study resources provides 24/7 accessibility.

Project Gutenberg
The Project Gutenberg philosophy is to make information, books, and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of computers, programs, and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.

The Online Book Page
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are readable for free over the Internet.

University of Virginia Free Ebook Library
More than 2,100 publicly available ebooks from the University of Virginia Library’s eText Center, including classic British and American fiction, major authors, children’s literature, American history, Shakespeare, African-American documents, the Bible, and much more.

Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library is the first public library of the Internet and is committed to providing library services to the Internet community. is an online community that enables people with visual and other print disabilities to legally share scanned books. takes advantage of a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for the disabled.


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Student Access Office
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