How do I use O'Reilly E-books?


All O'Reilly e-books available at Northeastern are listed and linked in Scholar OneSearch, the library's catalog and discovery system.

What is included?

  • E-books (and some audiobooks and videos) on technical and business topics
  • Leading professional publishers such as Sam's, O'Reilly, Peachpit, and Que 
  • Supplementary videos, learning paths, case studies, interactive tutorials, audio books and more.


  • Select "full screen" for best browser viewing experience.

  • Simultaneous use: no limits on number of simultaneous users

  • An app is available for mobile and tablet devices


O'Reilly e-books offer online access only, no downloads or offline access is permitted. 


How to read: do I have to set up an account?

YES! Access requires registration with a Northeastern or NCH email address.




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How to register

1. When you first log in, you'll be prompted to select from a list of institutions. 

Northeastern is not on the list, so please select "Institution not listed? click here".

O'Reilly welcome screen


3. Then create an account and a password, using your Northeastern or NCH email address as your user name. 

You'll be asked to confirm, then use your email and the password you just created.


How to listen

O'Reilly does not have built in audio or text-to-speech support, however you can listen, using these options:

  • Some audio files are available natively in O'Reilly.  When searching in Scholar OneSearch, use the "Material Type: Audio" filter or "Videos" filter to find audiobooks and captioned video. 
  • You can print a section of an O'Reilly e-book to a PDF and then use your preferred text-to-speech software on your computer or the Read out loud tool in Adobe Reader.
  • You can open the book with "Reader View" in Chrome or Firevox. In Firefox, Reader View (opens in new window) allows you to click on the headphones icon to read aloud. In Chrome, enable Reader View and use your text-to-speech software or browser software plugin to read aloud.

For Instructors

Stable links to books and book chapters can be inserted into Canvas.  However, the books are not available in perpetuity.  For this reason, we suggest instructors check to confirm links and access every session, or contact library Course Reserves for assistance.


  • Last Updated Sep 18, 2023
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  • Answered By Karen Merguerian

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