ICICS/CS Reading Room : eBooks


The Reading Room has books available in print and electronic format.

eBooks available on eReader

The Reading Room has eBooks available on eReaders: Kindles and a Kindle Fire tablet (preloaded eBook titles are listed here) and Kobos (preloaded eBook titles are listed here).

Each eReader can be borrowed for 2 weeks (no renewals). Please provide your current UBCcard for ID.

Do not attempt to:

  • download books, documents or files
  • upload books, documents or files
  • access the account
  • change account settings
  • make any purchases from the device (you will be responsible for any charges incurred, as well as any loss or damage)

Adobe Digital Editions on Workstations

The Reading Room has a number of eBooks, booklets and more available for viewing on Adobe Digital Editions, which has been installed on our public workstations. Logon to the public account to browse the available library.

Online eBook Collections

Books 24x7 (UBC cancelled this eBook collection in July 2016)

Books24x7 is a collection of online computer science books dealing with all aspects of information technology including programming languages such as C++, operating systems such as Linux and Windows XP, applications such as ASP.NET, software such as Excel and Powerpoint, web design, computer gaming and software management.

Most titles cannot be downloaded or printed.

Available at the Vancouver Public Library. (Requires VPL card).

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (UBC Library information page)

The series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), including its subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI), has established itself as a medium for the publication of new developments in computer science and information technology research and teaching - quickly, informally, and at a high level.

Selective coverage from 1975 forward

ProQuest Ebook Central (UBC Library information page)

Alternate Titles: eBrary, EBL, eBook Library.

Safari Technical Books (UBC Library information page)

Safari Technical Books is an online IT reference datatabase featuring titles that cover a wide range of topics such as: databases, design, IT management, multimedia, programming, security, software engineering, and web development. The reference content comes from IT publishers including Addison Wesly, IBM Redbooks, John Wiley & Sons, O'Reilly Media, The Pearson Technology Group, and Prentice Hall.

The University of British Columbia Custom Collection at Safari Technical Books contains up to 300 titles that are current and selected according to user needs. Please let us know if there are specific titles or areas of content you need by contacting Mayu Ishida at mayu.ishida@ubc.ca.

SFU subscribes to Safari Tech Books Online, but use is restricted to the SFU community and to individuals who use the Libraries' facilities.

SIAM e-books

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is a professional association devoted to fostering interactions between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities through membership activities, publication of journals and books, and conferences. UBC Library information page.

SpringerLink (UBC Library information page)

A multidisciplinary database of full text publications published by Springer. Formats include ejournals, reference works, monographic series, lecture notes, and ebooks, available on the SpringerLink platform.

Conference Proceedings

AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence)

How to access articles: Locate conference and year. Locate and click on article title. Click on title in pop-up window to download PDF.

IJCAI (International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence)

IJCAI past proceedings

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

Browse the ACM Proceedings

Upcoming conferences & Calendar of events

CSCSI-SCEIO (Canadian Society for Computational Studies of Intelligence, now CAIAC, the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association). These proceedings were digitized by the Reading Room for CAIAC in 2017:

These PDFs and the very high resolution versions are also available at: www.caiac.ca/en/canadian-ai-magazine

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

Conference Proceedings Online

USENIX (The Advanced Computing Systems Association)

USENIX conference proceedings

Compendium of Best Papers

Search the Reading Room Catalogue for print copies of conference proceedings, along with full-text links where available.

Other eBook Titles

Other individual titles may be made available online by the author:

Artificial intelligence : foundations of computational agents / David L. Poole, Alan K. Mackworth (UBC)
RR also has print copies: Q 342 P66 2010   
Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents2nd ed. / David L. Poole, Alan K. Mackworth (UBC)

Book of Proof. 2nd ed. / Richard Hammack (VCU)
RR also has print copy: QA 9.54 H345 2013

A computer science tapestry : exploring programming and computer science with C++. / Owen L. Astrachan. (Duke)

Convex Optimization / Stephen Boyd and Lieven Vandenberghe. (Stanford).
RR also has print copy: QA 402.5 B69 2004

Foundations of computer science / Alfred V. Aho, Jeffrey D. Ullman. (Stanford)
RR also has print copy: QA 76 A334 1992

How to design programs : an introduction to programming and computing / Matthias Felleisen ... [et al.]. (MIT Press)
RR also has print copy: QA 76.6 H697 2001

Programming languages : application and interpretation / Shriram Krishnamurthi. (Brown)
RR also has a print copy: QA 76.7 K85 2007

Here are some eBook collections that are free to download:

Microsoft eBook collection 2016

Microsoft eBook collection 2015

Microsoft eBook collection 2014

Open Culture Free Textbooks

O'Reilly's free Data EBook Archive
Includes titles such as Going Pro in Data Science, Mapping Big Data and Data Visualization


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