A group of ebook collections available to all Alma College members.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. The collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles. Credo’s collection is integrated with millions of cross-references and contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles.

ebook Academic Collection

Thousands of titles ranging from literary criticism to health, mathematics, sports, and religion.


A rapidly growing selection of hundreds of thousands of authoritative e-books from over 500 trusted publishers. The provided ebooks cover a wide range of subjects. Users can both save books (and associated notes and highlighting) to their bookshelf account or download ebooks to their computer or digital device for a limited “check-out” period.

Gale Directory Library

Provides access to Ward’s Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Canada and Mexico, and Business Rankings Annual. Ward’s profiles over 100,000 U.S. companies, listing the industries in which it operates, names of top executives, number of employees, the type of company it is, and financial performance. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A collection of full-text reference books published by Gale. These reference resources contain information relevant to students interested in biography, education, the environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, religion, the sciences and the social sciences.

Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art

A comprehensive resource on Islamic Art, written by experts. It contains over 1,600 up-to-date entries covering thousands of years of Islamic art and architecture, from the Middle East, South and Central Asia, Africa, and Europe. Entries provide in-depth art historical and cultural information about dynasties, art forms, artists, architecture, rulers, monuments, archaeological sites and stylistic developments. In addition, over 500 illustrations of sculpture, mosaic, painting, ceramics, architecture, metalwork and calligraphy illuminate the rich artistic tradition of the Islamic world.

Hathi Trust

A digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. The full text is available for many of the books (called “full view”). 

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Digital version of the definitive record of the English language.

Project Gutenberg

Offers over 38,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. 

Salem Press Online

Ebooks on a variety of subjects searchable and available fulltext.

United Nations Ebook Collection