Welcome to Occam's Reader

Transition to New Version

Occam's Reader is in a transition phase to version 2.0. We are updating our website content and documentation to cover the new version. Here is the sign in page for the sandbox test of the new version.


Occam's What?

Occam's Reader is a software program that allows interlibrary loan of electronic books. Occam's Reader is a collaboration between Texas Tech University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Greater Western Library Alliance. Currently Occam's Reader works with the ILLiad software to allow document delivery staff to lend electronic books seamlessly between libraries. We are currently working with .PDF documents only, but we have plans to support other formats of electronic books and to develop a stand-alone, web-based version of the system. If you are interested in learning more about Occam's Reader, or if you would like the creators to present our idea, you can contact us here.



Users of the Occam's Reader system receive an email generated by the lending institution. This email includes a customized, token-authenticated link to view their item in a web browser. Have a look at a demonstration of the web-based reader in action.