ebrary, a provider of information distribution and retrieval services, has announced the availability of database collections which combine over 20,000 books and other documents from more than 150 academic, trade, and professional publishers. The company offers a set of Aggregated Collections that span academic and general subject areas and Publisher Collections, which feature highly specialized content from individual academic and professional publishers. ebrary has also announced that it is offering a new selection of hundreds of individual eBooks. Completely separate from its database collections, ebrary's eBook offering is targeted for libraries that prefer to purchase and own individual titles and provide "check out" options where only certain numbers of students or patrons can access a title at a given time.
ebrary's Aggregated Collections now cover individual subject areas including Business & Economics, Computers, Technology & Engineering, Humanities, Life & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. The company also offers a collection of Spanish language titles and aggregated collections specifically for both academic and public libraries. ebrary also offers Publisher Collections from Byron Hoyt (more than 5,000 classical sheet music titles), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (over 4,000 books, journals, and technical papers), and Octavo (more than 30 rare and original manuscripts). Database features include: simultaneous, multi-user access; new books added at no additional cost during subscription term; delivery via a custom Web site that ebrary creates, hosts, and maintains; integration with existing ILS systems and digital resources; MARC 21 records provided with link directly to titles; advanced research tools; reporting tools and usage statistics to ICOLC standards; personalized bookshelves; and PDF-based technology provides an online replica of a book's print version. ebrary charges an annual subscription fee based on library type and size.