Library Resources

Book Resources


Alvernia Resources

Alvernia University Library Catalog
Print books, ebooks, movies, music, and print journal titles in the Alvernia Library collection. Websites relevant to Alvernia's courses are also listed.

Education and counseling ebooks.

ebrary on campus access - allows access to the Bookshelf feature for annotating and organizing search results

ebrary off campus access

For guidance in using ebrary, see the ebrary Training Video



NetLibrary eBooks

Over 15,000 NetLibrary ebooks covering a broad range of subject areas. Use these ebooks for reference and research.

Access is limited to one user at a time.  If an ebook of interest is being viewed by another user, you can request to be notified by e-mail when the ebook becomes available.  Books are automatically returned for other users when there is no activity for a period of 15 minutes in a browser where the book is being viewed.

For guidance in using NetLibrary, check the NetLibrary Overview or the NetLibrary Help link.

*Important Note: NetLibrary is now an EBSCO database.  EBSCO is in the process of migrating NetLibrary to the EBSCO interface.  All items saved in your NetLibrary account will be lost during this change. 




The world's largest library catalog with over 179 million records. This catalog includes the items in Alvernia's Library. It is also the best tool for requesting books from other libraries

Check the short WorldCat video for guidance in using this database.


Reference eBooks

Catholic Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Health

Encyclopedia of Social Sciences

Mental Measurements Yearbook

Statesman's Yearbook

Other Library Catalogs

Access Pennsylvania
Find items in a local Pennsylvania public library.

Berks County Libraries Catalog
Locate items in the Reading and Berks County Libraries.

The Library of Congress
The world's largest library with books, manusripts, phtographs, maps, music and incunabula.


Digital Library Collections

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
Collection of public domain documents form American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.

Bartleby Great Books Online
Full-text dictionaries, quotations, poems, fiction and nonfiction.

Cornell University Digital Library Collection
A wide variety of digital materials.

Digital Book Index
Links to over 120,000 free ebooks.

Google Books
Electronic books of all types - fiction, non-fiction, scholarly, textbooks, etc.  Google Books also includes magazines.

Harvard University Library Open Collections Program
Unique historical virtual collections.

Internet Archive
"Download free books and texts.  The Internet Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books."

Making of America
A University of Michigan digital library of primary sources in covering the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Over 27,000 free ebooks, a large number available for your PDA.

National Academy Press
Over 1,800 online books from the National Academy of Sciences.

Project Gutenberg
Free electronic dictionaries, almanacs, encyclopedias, and literature published prior to 1923.

The University of Pennsylvania Online Books
Over 35,000 free ebooks.

Wright American Fiction (1851-1875)
An online collection of over 2900 novel published in the United States from 1851 to 1875.


Reading Suggestions

Books for Understanding
A resource for finding books on current events by the Association of American University Presses.

The New York Review of Books
Book reviews and author information by the New York Times.



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