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The University of Michigan Library and Thompson Library have purchased or licensed a number of electronic book (ebook) resources.  You can borrow them much as any other library book.  (We do NOT digitalize our print books in compliance with federal copyright law.)


There are currently over 500,000 digital books (full text online) available from the Thompson Library at UM-Flint.


  • We do not buy course textbooks, but an older copy may already be in the library collection.
  • Check COURSE RESERVES in Mirlyn.  Instructors sometimes place textbooks there.

Find a book in print or online from the Thompson Library:

  • Use  Mirlyn (the online library catalog) to check for library books in print or online.
  • Ebooks:  Check the "Limit to Available Online" box if you want only online books.
  • Or use SUMMON to search for ebooks available from the library.
  • Books are identified as being available when at least one complete volume, issue or part of the primary content is accessible online to current U-M students, faculty and staff.

Downloading eBooks

Many vendors do not allow users to download eBooks. A few large packages, Proquest's ebrary, EBSCO's eBook Collection, and myiLibrary do allow users to download content.

The first step for all collections is to download the free software Adobe Digital Editions.

  • To download from ebrary you must create a personal ebrary account. Then select the book that you would like to download. Click "Download" and select "Download the entire document". Further instructions may be found here: ebrary Support Center download options. If you want to download to a tablet or mobile device you must also download ebrary's proprietary reader software. Here are the directions to download the Apple iOS ebrary reader: Apple iOS ebrary reader. Information on downloading the Android ebrary reader may be found here: Android ebrary reader. Checkout periods are for 14 days with ebrary and you may have up to 10 titles downloaded. After the checkout period lapses the content will still be on you device but it will be rendered unreadable. You are responsible for deleting the old files.


  • To download from EBSCO eBook collection you must also create a personal EBSCO account. Simply click "Sign In" on the upper right hand corner then click on "Create a new account" on the next screen. Checkout periods are 7 days with eBook collection. Further information may be found here: eBooks on EBSCOhost.

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