Ryan Library provides access to not only print books, but over 180,000 ebooks. You can quickly limit your results in WorldCat, the library's catalog, by clicking the eBook box under Item Format on the left side a results list page (see the screenshot below). eBooks can be accessed anywhere you have internet connection. If Ryan Library does not have a book you'd like to borrow, you may request to borrow it from another library though InterLibrary Loan (ILL) (note: only print books are available through ILL). Email Robin Lang with questions.
Most of our ebooks are available through these three databases, which are integrated into the results of our catalog, WorldCat (be sure to limit Item Format to eBook; see screenshot above):
ProQuest eBook Central: Approximately 150,000 ebooks with unlimited, multi-user access, powerful research tools, and individual chapter downloads
EBSCO eBook Collection: This collection provides full-text access to hundreds of digital version of books on a variety of subjects.
Credo Reference: More than 700 dictionaries and encyclopedias; thousands of topic pages, mind-maps, images, audio files and videos to help you start research projects.
Ryan Library uses Dewey Decimal Classification. Use these call numbers to browse books in print. Books in the 200s are on the Lower Level books in the 320s are on the Middle Level, and books in the 900s are on the Upper Level. In addition to books in print, the Library provides over 180,000 ebooks (see the box below).
266: Missions (missionary biographies/autobiographies)
266.99: Nazarene Missionaries/Missions
287: Methodists and Related churches
287.99: Nazarene Church history
270: Christian Church History
274 Christian church in Europe
275 Christian church in Asia
276 Christian church in Africa
277 Christian church in North America
278 Christian church in South America
279 Christian church in other areas
320: Political Science
350 Public administration and military science
922: History—Biography—Theology (missionaries, theologians, and pastors)
Use this option when requesting items that are not available at Ryan Library:
***Ebooks are rarely available via InterLibrary Loan*** (Licensing restrictions limit the sharing of digital resources.)
Please select either ARTICLE or BOOK when placing your request.
Google Books provides full to partial access to some books. Google Books is a good place to look for digitized copies of older books published before 1924, which means they're in the public domain and no longer under copyright.