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WRITER: ANGIE KLITWORTH
CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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e-mail: melvin-shaw@uiowa.edu

Release: March 27, 2001

UI Libraries' offers electronic full-text service with dot-com

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries now offers a new cutting-edge service to its students, faculty and staff. The new service, available through the University of Iowa’s agreement with Books 24x7.com, provides students with electronic full-text access to more than 800 books on computer related topics.

John Forys, head of the Engineering Library, said the goal of the full-text access is to make life easier for students and faculty. Since the service is accessible from anywhere on campus, it saves students a trip to the library and eliminates the possibilities of checked out or missing books. The electronic service is available 24 hours a day.

The electronic access is available on a one-year experimental basis to test the effectiveness of providing books on selected topics in electronic format. To pay for the service, the Engineering Library will be cutting back on buying the books that are available through Books 24X7.com for the next year.

The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, Forys said. If the service proves to be a success, it will continue in the future and the University Libraries will intensify their efforts to offer electronic full-text resources.

According to Forys, the new service is just one of many steps the Engineering Library has taken to provide more electronic resources to its students. There are also more than 700 engineering journals now available on the web as well as full-text engineering handbooks.

Forys welcomes students' and staff’s feedback on the new service. Send comments to john-forys@uiowa.edu or stop by his office at the Engineering Library, Room 2006.

Books 24X7 is available at http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/books24x7 or through the Engineering Library web site at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/eng/