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E-books: Safari Books Online

This Research Guide offers information on the e-books available through the Library.

Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online offers expertly curated, high-quality content. O’Reilly’s savvy editorial team delivers exclusive books, videos, and learning experiences—including early release titles and case studies from leading organizations—plus resources from more than 200 of the world’s most respected publishers, including Pearson, Packt, Wiley, HarperCollins, and others.

Getting Started with Safari Books Online


  • You can access Safari using the direct URL: Safari Books Online
  • Once you click on the direct link, you will be presented with a patron validation screen and prompted to enter your academic email address (Example: or
  • You will taken directly into the platform.

At the same time, you will also be sent an email to complete the account setup. The account setup asks you to setup a password, optionally you can provide Major and Graduation year (these fields are optional). If you decide you do not want to complete the account setup, that is fine, it is not required and you can still access the content within the platform.

Select your favorite topics

You can tailor your content recommendations around the topics that interest you. When you first create
your account, you will be prompted to choose your favorite topics. Based on those choices, you’ll receive
recommended content on your homepage. You can update these topics of interest at any time.

Get your queue started

Safari’s queue feature allows you to quickly save a whole book or video (or just sections of a book or video) for later use. You can easily access items in your queue from any page in Safari.

Use advanced search to find what you need

Quickly search by title, author, publisher or isbn. Explore and sort all of Safari by a broad topic, or filter by author, media type, sub-topics and/or publishers.

Check out your personalized recommendations

Personalized recommendations are based on the topics you choose, what you find interesting, and what’s popular with other readers. Over time, Safari will continue to customize your recommendations so you see the content most relevant to you.

Start highlighting and taking notes

Highlight important sections of content and add your own notes to enhance your learning. You can even take notes and share with others by sharing a link to your highlights page.

Share valuable content

Share the content you find valuable with others on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, or you can share the link through email. If your recipients don't have a Safari account, they will see a small snippet of the chapter. If they do have a Safari account, they will be brought directly to the linked chapter.

(Content taken from O'Reilly Safari Student User Guide)

Mobile Options

Can I download e-books from the Safari Books Online platform?

Yes! Download the Safari Queue app to access your account from any mobile device. You’ll be able to download
unlimited books and videos for online and offline use, and your personalized queue will automatically sync on all of your devices.

Publication Types

The platform includes more than 35K book titles plus 30K+ hours of video, proven learning paths, case studies, interactive tutorials, audio books, and videos from O’Reilly's global conferences.