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Distance Education: e-Books

This guide will direct you to, and help you use, the resources you need to be successful in UIC Law's distance education courses.


The UIC Law Library has over 10,000 e-books in the library catalog. UIC Law distance education students have access to all of these books, and you do not need to come to campus to check out these materials.

Finding and Accessing e-Books Through the Law Library

E-books are cataloged in the general collection at the library. When you conduct a search for materials, e-books will be included in your results with the print materials. In order to access the e-book, you will need to click on the link “UIC Law users” in the items record.



On the page that opens, enter your NetID and password.



You will arrive at the e-book's access page. From here, you have two options on the left side of the page. You can “Read Online” if you want to read the book right away and do not want to download it to your computer or device. Reading online does not require you to install any additional software.

You can also download the book onto your computer or device, the details of which are explained below.


Downloading e-Books

You may choose to download the e-book, which will be a digital loan. If you choose to download the e-book in PDF or ePUB format, you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) onto your computer or e-reading device. This free program is used by libraries to enable digital borrowing. It is available for download in Windows and Mac formats, as well as iPad and Android devices. You can download ADE at

Choose your loan period (1 or 7 days) and format (PDF or ePUB), then download. Your eBook should then appear in your Adobe Digital Editions. 

If you do not have an Adobe username and password, you will need to create one. This is free and requires signing up with an email address.

At the end of the loan period, you do not need to do anything. The book will be automatically returned. No late fees!