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Aging & Gerontology: Books & eBooks

PSU Library Catalog - Book Search

Results include both print and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and the Summit Libraries.

Selected Books

Requesting Books from Summit

When you find an item in the catalog that has a Find & Request link, then the book or video is checked out or not in our collection.

  • You can request the book by clicking on Find & Request, then select Request from Summit (a partnership of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho).
  • It takes approximately five days to receive an item through Summit.
  • When your item is available for check out at the 1st floor Circulation Desk, you will be notified by PSU email.

Request Books through ILL

If a book you need is not available either through PSU or Summit, you can request it (mostly) for free through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). It can take up to 12 days to receive a book through Interlibrary Loan.

The PSU Library does not order textbooks through Interlibrary Loan.   

How to find eBooks in the Library Catalog

We collect eBooks whenever possible. After you execute a search in the Portland State Library catalog, click on the "eBooks" facet to limit your search results to only ebooks.

screenshot of ebooks facet

Records for eBooks look like this:
screenshot of Online Access to ebook

Find Books by Subject

After you find a useful book in the library catalog, scroll down to the "Details" tab to the book's "Subjects." Here you'll find a list of related subjects that you might consider adding to your search. You can also click on a subject link in the record; clicking on a subject such as "Older people -- Care" would bring up a list of all the Library's books, journals, and other resources on that topic.  

screen shot of finding subject headings

Browse for Books in the Library

Sometimes browsing the library stacks can help you find books you didn't even know you were looking for. The following are good areas to peruse.

  • HQ 1060-1064: Gerontology
  • HV 1450-1494: Social & Public Welfare. Aged.
  • RA 418-418.5: Medicine & Society
  • RC 952-954.6: Geriatrics
  • HD 7105.3-7250.9: Social Insurance. Social security. Pensions
  • HD 6279-6283: Labor. Older workers.

Maps of the library are available at the 2nd floor Reference Desk, elevator lobbies, and also online.

eBook Packages