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Benefit 1 Benefit 2 Benefit 3
Access to materials 24/7 Lower overhead on acquisitions (e.g.,
no costs for replacements, binding,
shelving, etc.)
Multiple simultaneous users possible
Any time/anywhere user access. Multiple uses in most or many cases. Instantaneous access upon purchase
(we try to purchase requests same day if
during normal business week).
Anytime, anywhere access. Multiple simultaneous use. Flexibility in quickly adding content to
and customizing collections (esp. in the
case of Safari).
Anywhere, anytime access to content for
Ability to link content to learning
management system courses.
Ability for users to print, highlight
text basically, the personalization
Availability anywhere Increases university research visibility Limited space in the stack
Availability at any time, from any place. Multiple simultaneous users, especially
reserve content
Good for discovery; can search text.
Therefore there is the possibility of new
types of uses.
Availability of resources for off-campus,
distance learning students.
Convenience for users. It could help with physical storage
space, but at this point in time e-books
don’t seem to be a viable replacement
for print.
Convenience of searching Saves cost of shelving and storage-
particularly if you have a space problem.
Increased use
Ease of access from user’s desktop. Full-text searching within a book
or across multiple titles within one
Ease of searching within text. Convenience of use anytime/anywhere. Space savings.
Ease of use Simultaneous use Space
Easy access to content from anywhere
with a network connection
Provide extra copy/copies of high-use
Ability to search within collections of
Expanded 24/7 access Take up no physical shelf space
Have remote access to content Simultaneous user of material Allows us to reduce print duplication
across University Libraries
Immediate access by the user wherever
they are.
Full text indexing of the contents. Savings associated with processing and
housing print. Not the ONLY reason, but
a good reason in those cases where the
e-book serves as well (or better) than
the print.
Increased access to content. Lower unit cost. Improved ability to monitor and assess
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