Affordable Learning Ebooks Project

Affordable Learning Book Collections
The Affordable Learning program is providing renewed access to Books at JSTOR and Books on Project Muse. The library will provide full access to these collections through June 30, 2020. Books selected by faculty to use for classes will be purchased for the library (contingent on funding available to LOUIS, our library consortium) for permanent ownership in May 2020 (reporting deadlines for selections appear below). In addition, LOUIS recently purchased the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection and the IEEE Foundations and Trends Technology eBooks Library for permanent access for it's member libraries. (Please see the full descriptions of all of these collections below.)

The collections are accessible to multiple simultaneous users, both on and off campus, and are ideal to use for classes. These ebooks can be used for courses in Fall 2019, Spring, Summer, Fall 2020, or beyond.

Please select any JSTOR or Project Muse that you would like to use for classes so that LOUIS can purchase these titles permanently for Sims Library. Send selections to our Acquisitions Librarian, Paul Kelsey (, and include the course title and anticipated number of students, according to the following timeline.

Fall 2019 course adoptions: November 8, 2019
Spring 2020 course adoptions: March 6, 2020
Summer 2020 and any other 2019-2020 course adoptions (or beyond): April 24, 2020

Please also report any adopted titles from the e-Duke Books and Foundations and Trends eBooks Library to us to share with LOUIS.

Only titles requested by faculty will be purchased for permanent access (contingent on available funding from LOUIS). The full collections of JSTOR and Project Muse ebooks will only be accessible through June 30, 2020 (unless LOUIS extends access).

Ebook titles appear in the library catalog, and the collections can also be accessed from the alphabetical Database by Name list (Articles & Databases tab) on the Library website.

Current Collections

Books at JSTOR contains over 32,000 ebooks, published prior to 2016, from 42 publishers. The strength of the collection is in the humanities and social sciences, with some science content. JSTOR ebook chapters are DRM (Digital Rights Management) free, and allow for multiple simultaneous use, PDF downloads, and printing.

Books on Project Muse includes approximately 10,000 high quality ebooks published from 2015 through June 2020 by university and scholarly presses in the humanities and social sciences. Titles are DRM free, and allow for multiple simultaneous use and unlimited printing and downloading.

IEEE Now Publishers Foundations and Trends Technology eBooks Library includes 475 published from 2004 to the present on emerging topics in engineering, energy and computer science. These short monographs (approximately 150 pages) provide authoritative introductions and overviews to new and important subjects in these fields. The ebooks are available on the IEEE Xplore Digital Library platform, and are DRM free and can be accessed by multiple simultaneous users.

e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection provides access to 2,660 plus titles published by the press in annual collections from 2008 to 2019 (with a Pre-2008 Archive). With subject strengths in the humanities and social sciences (with some science studies), the collection includes titles in Latin American and Asian Studies, Film and Television, Political Theory, Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies and other areas. These titles are also DRM free, and allow for multiple simultaneous users.

The Affordable Learning program is providing renewed access to Books at JSTOR and Books on Project Muse through June 30, 2020. In addition, LOUIS, through Board of Regents funding, recently purchased the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection and the IEEE Foundations and Trends Technology eBooks Library for permanent access to its member libraries.

If you have questions about this project, please contact:  

Paul Kelsey
Head of Acquisitions
Phone: 985-549-3954