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Accessing eBooks

Kennedy Library provides access to thousands of eBooks in many different subject areas.

Search for eBooks by title words or subject.

To view permissions (simultaneous users, printability, etc.)  pertaining to a specific book, search for it here and click on its Terms of Use.

For an overall guide to the terms of use of our many eBook platforms, try our eBook Research Guide.

To get assistance with eBooks, contact research help by chat, telephone (805.756.2649), email, or in person at the Research Help Desk.

eBook collections
ACLS Humanities eBooks
An online and comprehensive collection of over 3,700 high quality books in the humanities and area studies, chosen by scholars and scholarly societies. These titles are provided by the ACLS in collaboration with twenty learned societies and over 100 contributing publishers.
Business Expert Press
A collection eBooks in business, supply and operations management, international business, social media, finance, accounting, public relations, and marketing strategy.
CABI (Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International) eBooks cover such subjects as animal and veterinary sciences, agricultural economics, environmental science, food, human health and nutrition, plant sciences, rural studies, and leisure and tourism studies.
CRCnetBase eBooks publishes hundreds of reference handbooks in engineering, chemistry, biology, medicine, technology and the environment.
EBL offers content across all subject areas, with a focus on recent titles – most specifically in the areas of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). EBL features titles from hundreds of academic publishers. Individual titles are listed in PolyCat.
EBSCOhost eBooks
Offers full text content for over 1,400 titles and also provides access to more than 3,500 publicly available titles, primarily literary classics. The collection covers the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.
Publishes content from university presses and other scholarly publishers. You can create an account to add notes to books, keep a handy “bookshelf”, and download books to ebook readers. Individual titles are listed in PolyCat.
IEEE/MIT Press eBooks Library
Offers MIT Press eBook titles in fields such as computer science, artificial intelligence, information theory, computer programming, information technology and electrical engineering.
JSTOR eBooks
Full-text scholarly eBook titles in the fields of language and literature, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology.
Project MUSE
Project MUSE provides eBooks content primarily in the humanities and social sciences content; MUSE eBook and journals content, published by leading university presses and scholarly societies, is fully integrated for discovery on their platform.
Safari Books Online
The Safari eBook Library provides access to almost 6,000 titles in computer programming and sciences, desktop and web applications, digital media, communications, career planning and more.
Springer eBooks
Springer eBook content includes an array of subjects such as architecture and design, biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, Environmental Sciences, life sciences, mathematics, physics, public health and more.
Open access (free) eBooks

There are also many other eBooks freely available on the web. These are primarily older books, which are no longer restricted by copyright law. Some sites also offer previews of newer books, and can be a great way to discover what books are available on a topic.

Google Books
Google has partnered with libraries to provide full and partial content to more than 20 million books.Google Books offers advanced search optiions, personal library and book list and other features. In addition to conventional books, Google Books now offers online editions of older trade and popular magazines (e.g. Life, Mother Jones). This is a great source to identify potential books and read a sample to learn if the book will be useful to you.
Hathi Trust
A large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries including content digitized via the Google Books project as well as content digitized by libraries. HathiTrust provides access to over 5.5 million books. HathiTrust provides a number of discovery and access services, notably, full-text search across the entire repository.
Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.Their Open Library project features over 1 million freely available eBook titles.
Good Reads and new books

Good Reads

Check ’em out!

Good Reads is located on the second floor by Julian’s café, near the newspapers.

Good Reads is: New fiction, non-fiction, recent popular fiction, and perennial favorites.

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New Scholarly Titles

Brand new academic books purchased by the Library are also located on the second floor by Julian’s café, near the newspapers.

They are featured on these shelves for a few months and then moved into the main collection.


The library subscribes to scholarly and academic journals, trade publications, and popular magazines, including more than 50,000 electronic journals.

Questions about peer-reviewed articles? Read all about them in our guide.

Find journals

Print journal locations

The library continues to receive some print journals and the latest issues of these are shelved alphabetically by title in Room 111.

Current (unbound) issues do not circulate. Once they are bound, journal volumes can be checked out for 4 days.

Bound journal volumes are shelved along with the books on the second through fifth floors.

Journals on microform

For some titles, the Library has retained older issues on microfilm or microfiche.

If the volume you are looking for is listed in PolyCat as “MICROFILM” (under “holdings”) it is shelved in a storage area in the Library. Please request the volume you need at the research help desk in room 111.
How to view
Microfilm and microfiche can be viewed on special machines in room 111. Images of pages may be viewed, printed or scanned.

A selection of local, national, and international newspapers is conveniently located by Julian’s Café on the second floor of Kennedy Library.

You can also access many newspapers online.

Online newspapers
LexisNexis Academic
Provides full-text of current (and older) issues of major newspapers including the New York Times and news magazines, published since late 1980s. Provides full-text transcripts from non-print news media such as National Public Radio, CNN, Fox, ABC, etc.
ProQuest Newsstand
Provides full-text articles from 500 national and international newspapers, including the New York Times (1980-current) and Los Angeles Times (1985-current).
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Provides articles and images from the New York Times, 1851-2003, and the Los Angeles Times, 1881-1985.
California Newspapers (Newsbank)
A full-text collection of major dailies and regional papers from over 20 California newspapers. Includes the Tribune and Fresno Bee. Coverage dates vary and the newspapers may be searched individually or in groups. Select “NewsBank California Newspaper Package” from the opening screen.
San Luis Obispo Tribune
Also available from 03/01/2001 to present in California Newspapers. Some freelance articles may not be available.
ABI/INFORM provides in-depth coverage of business issues, management techniques, competitive information, and a variety of other topics. It indexes and abstracts articles from more than 1,000 leading business and management publications, including over 350 English-language titles from outside the United States. More than half of the articles are available in full-text or full-image.
Mustang Daily
The Mustang Daily has been published on the Cal Poly campus since 1916.
Print newspapers

The following daily papers are currently available every morning:

  • San Luis Obispo Tribune
  • Fresno Bee
  • Los Angeles Times
  • New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Atascadero News
  • La Opinion
  • Paso Robles Press
  • Santa Barbara News Press
  • Santa Maria Times
  • USA Today
Newspapers on microfilm

For some titles, the Library has retained older issues on microfilm or microfiche.

If the volume you are looking for is listed in PolyCat as “MICROFILM” (under “holdings”) it is shelved in a storage area in the Library. Please request the volume you need at the research help desk in room 111.
How to view
Microfilm and microfiche can be viewed on special machines in room 111. Images of pages may be viewed, printed or scanned.
Media and images

Kennedy Library has both streaming media and physical format options for viewing and learning.

Streaming media
Kanopy is a streaming video service that features thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases on a wide range of topics, including films from major producers such as PBS, BBC, and Criterion Collection. All videos are licensed for classroom use, and instructors can create custom playlists.
BBC Shakespeare
All 37 BBC productions of Shakespeare’s plays.
Naxos Music Library
Streaming music collection for online listening featuring classical, jazz, blues, world and folk music.
DVDs and VHS

We have a collection of DVDs and VHS tapes from a variety of academic disciplines available for viewing and checkout.

You can find a list of these in Polycat.

DVDs are shelved on the first floor in the Reference area (Room 111).
VHS tapes are in storage and need to be requested at a service desk.

Where can I view videos?

There are two VHS viewing stations available on the second floor behind Julian’s. DVDs may be used at any library workstation.

Forgot your headphones?

You can borrow a set at the Poly Connect Lab on the first floor.

Borrow Media through Link+

You can search Link+ to borrow media that Kennedy Library does not offer.

Kennedy Library subscribes to many databases, many of which offer high-quality images associated with the scholarly content of that database. These can be found on our Databases page.

There are many options on the Web as well:

Please be alert to copyright, captioning or citation issues associated with using images. For more on image use guidelines, see our Finding Images Research Guide.


Doctoral dissertations and masters theses are often overlooked as information sources. While dissertation writers may go on to publish their findings as articles or books, often the dissertation is the earliest and most detailed source of information. In some fields dissertations or theses may be the only source of information on a topic.

Writers of theses also want to be sure their own topics are unique before beginning an extensive research project. Checking to see if other researchers have done thesis or dissertation research on their topic is a good idea, in addition to checking for published books and articles.

Dissertation/thesis databases

There are three major databases where most doctoral dissertations and many masters theses can be found:

National Library of Electronic Theses and Dissertations
A collaborative effort of the NDLTD, OCLC, VTLS, and Scirus, the NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations with links to the full text.
Dissertations & Theses (ProQuest)
With more than 2 million entries, PQD&T is the single, central, authoritative resource for information about doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. Once you find a thesis or dissertation of interest, you may request a copy of a dissertation through our Interlibrary Loan service.
WorldCat is a worldwide union catalog listing more than 74 million bibliographic records for items held in over 9000 libraries worldwide. To find a dissertation or thesis that may be held by another library:

  • From the search page enter a dissertation topic (e.g., lean manufacturing).
  • Scroll down to the Subtype Limits > Any Content drop box.
  • Select Thesis/dissertation.
  • Once you find a thesis or dissertation of interest, you may request a copy of a dissertation through our Interlibrary Loan service.
Cal Poly masters theses

All Cal Poly masters theses are cataloged in PolyCat and can be found by adding “Cal Poly masters thesis” to your keyword search. All masters theses submitted since 2009 are also available online through DigitalCommons@CalPoly.

Government documents
What are government documents?

Government agencies collect, publish, store and maintain a wide range of information including statistical, industry, demographic, economic data, scientific, technical, historical, and agricultural information.

Where can I find government documents?

Many current government publications and some historical documents are available online. Cal Poly provides online access to all currently published Federal documents.

Government Info on the Web

For various ways to find and access government documents, visit the research guide for Government Information and Resources

You can also search for government documents by using search tricks in Google. For example:

  • (searches all government websites)

You can find State of California government publications as well. For example:

  • (searches the California state government and many California county governments)
  • (searches many California city websites)

There are exceptions to these rules for counties and cities. Your safest bet is to search and include the name of the city in the search as well as your topic keywords.

Where are print government documents at the Kennedy Library?
Federal Government documents
Print Federal documents are shelved by subject within the main book collection in the Library.
State of California, County, City, AGX and Maps 
These print publications are located on the second floor of the Kennedy Library, in the corner to the far right rear of Julian’s cafe.

2nd Floor

Teacher's resource collection

The Teachers Resource Center (TRC) collection supports the needs of undergraduate students in the Liberal Studies Department, single- and multi-subject teaching credential programs, and the School of Education.

For more information about what is in the Teachers Resource Center and how to find specific resources, please read our Teachers Resource Center Research Guide.

TRC collection areas

The TRC acts as a both a California Department of Education Learning Resources Display Center (LRDC) and an example of a K-12 school library.

State adopted textbooks, K-8

The LRDC contains K-8 California state adopted textbooks, teacher’s edition textbooks, manipulables, supplemental fiction and non-fiction books, and science experiments kits. LRDC materials are on loan from the State of California. The subjects (reading, language arts, music, science, health, mathematics, social studies, and multicultural education) are updated every seven years on a rotating schedule. These materials are for reference only and may not be checked out of the Library.

School library collection

The TRC also consists of a special collection library with fiction and non-fiction books ranging from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The fiction consists of award winning titles, award winning authors and illustrators, notable books, multicultural books, and books that meet the local, state and federal school curriculum standards. The non-fiction books also supplement these standards.

Picture books and big books

In an effort to support campus families, the ASI Children’s Center and the Preschool Learning Lab there are a small number of picture books intended for children K-3 and “big books” suitable for reading aloud to groups of children.

More information

For more information please contact Dana Ospina by email or by phone (756-7581).

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