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Getting Started with E-Books

Introduction to & instructions for using the e-book collections available to LSC-UP users.

About O'Reilly Learning

O'Reilly Learning (formerly Safari Tech Books) is the premier electronic reference library for full-text books on computer software/hardware, business, self-help, web design, graphic design, photography, marketing, and related subjects.

Quick Facts

Coverage: Last two years only. Very current content.
Users: Unlimited
Contains: Tech books, audiobooks, and courses on programming languages, applications, systems, networking, web design and development, and more. Over 33,000 titles; very current.
Best for: Computer science, web development, applications. Topics range from basic computer use to more advanced topics for programmers, coders and other IT professionals.
Printing: Not available.
Download: Not available.
App: Not available for public library license.

What You Need

You will need:

  • a web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox)

If you are not using a campus computer, you will need to log in with your Lone Star College email/password OR your library barcode when prompted. You can also use an HCPL library barcode, of course.

Picture of LSC ID, Chrome logo, Firefox logo, and Safari Browser logo

Just click the link below to start browsing! From off-campus, you'll be prompted for your library barcode or email/password combo: because this is an HCPL resource, you will need to use your barcode.

  • Browse by Topics or content type, or search by keyword to find content.

Personalized features not available through the public library platform: you won't be able to create playlists, save highlights, etc.

While there is an O'Reilly app, it is not supported for the public library access.

For your tablet or phone, you'll need to just visit the webpage in your browser.

O'Reilly content is only available for reading in a browser or in their app. Unfortunately, dedicated e-readers are left out.

The public library version of O'Reilly does not support the app for other devices, either.