About Books at JSTOR

  • Books at JSTOR is a program that offers ebooks from leading scholarly publishers for sale to institutions. As a nonprofit with a mission to serve the academic community, JSTOR worked closely with partner publishers, libraries, and scholars to develop this offering.

    We focus on delivering great content and experiences to researchers. Books are integrated with the millions of journal articles and primary sources on JSTOR’s platform, providing an online research experience that is easy and effective. 

Purchasing models

  • Yes, you can purchase access to any of the ebooks through title-by-title selection. We also offer subject collections, approval plans, and Demand-Driven Acquisition.

  • In the DDA model, acquisitions are determined by patron usage. You can make a large corpus of ebooks available for use at your institution; this can be all Books at JSTOR titles, or a profile created with parameters such as publisher, discipline, publication year, or maximum price.  Titles in your DDA profile will appear to your users the same way as if they had already been paid for; they'll appear in search results on JSTOR, and we will provide free MARC records from OCLC for all titles in your profile.  The library only pays for a title if usage reaches a certain threshold; any usage below that level is free.  

    Contact participation@jstor.org for more information on setting up a DDA account.

Accessing and using ebooks

  • JSTOR's unlimited-user access for ebooks works just like the journals on JSTOR, ensuring an easy, familiar experience for faculty and students who already use the platform for scholarly research.  The ebooks include:

    • Simultaneous online access for an unlimited number of users
    • Unlimited DRM-free chapter downloads that never expire
    • Unlimited printing and copy/paste
    • No requirement for the user to log in or use special software
    • Interlibrary loan for ebook chapters


  • The ebooks can be accessed from your institution or remotely 24/7. Users are authenticated to access ebooks the same way they are for journals. The most common method is through your institution’s IP address. Users can access licensed content remotely through a proxy server, EZProxy, Athens, Shibboleth, or shared activation links. Click here for more information.

    Books at JSTOR supports OpenURL to ensure users can find content available to them through their institutions.

  • By default, when an authenticated user performs a search on JSTOR, only licensed content is returned. Users have the ability to change this setting to search all available content.

    Browsing (via the Browse by Publisher and Browse by Title links) will display all content, licensed and unlicensed.



    Yes, there are stable URLs at the book and chapter level. You will see the stable URL listed on the website for each title and chapter. This is a URL that will never change, so it is the one to use when bookmarking the page or adding it to a syllabus or course website. 

    Yes. Citations may be emailed, exported, or copied from the item view page. JSTOR provides pre-formatted citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles for quick copying and pasting. Export options include direct export to RefWorks, RIS format, and text format.
  • Yes, Books at JSTOR offers free, high-quality MARC records from OCLC. The MARC records are available to all participating institutions, regardless of whether they are OCLC affiliates. 

    You can download sample MARC records here (in .mrc format).  A detailed guide to setting up OCLC WorldShare Collection Manager to receive MARC records for Books at JSTOR titles is available here.


    The usage reports available are:

    COUNTER BR2 – Number of Successful Book Section Requests by Month and Title

    COUNTER BR3 - Access Denied to Book Content Items by Month, Title, and Category

    The COUNTER reports are available through www.jstor.org/analytics.  If you need assistance getting access to these reports, please contact JSTOR Support for assistance. 

    Custom Report for DDA Accounts: For institutions with Books at JSTOR DDA (Demand-Driven Acquisition), we offer a custom usage report to reflect acquisitions, chapter views, and chapter downloads. Please submit this form to request delivery of this custom report for your institution.



    Yes. Savings are based on your institution’s size and participation in archive journal collections. Please contact participation@jstor.org to learn more about the savings available to your institution.