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Finding & Using Ebooks


How do I find ebooks?

We subscribe to a number of different ebook providers, giving you access to thousands of titles online.

From the library catalog select EBOOK in the drop-down menu under Format.

You can also look for ebooks from the Summon search tool on the library homepage. To find only ebooks within Summon, limit your search on the results page to Full Text Online and Book / eBook.

What devices can I use to view ebooks?

All ebooks are laptop and desktop friendly. Offline reading on mobile devices is possible with the following apps:

  • Bluefire Reader for Apple/Android
  • Adobe Digital Editions for Nook/Sony Readers
  • PDF Viewer in Kindle or other mobile devices

Each individual ebook contains information about device support.

How many people can access an ebook at once?

While most publishers allow multi-user access, the number of simultaneous users varies for individual books. In rare cases only one user at a time can download a book (until the book is returned). Contact us if you have questions about a specific title.

Can I download, save or print borrowed ebooks?

Individual ebooks contain information about downloading, printing and saving. Some ebooks can be downloaded for a specified period of time. But keep in mind, downloading an entire book impacts multi-user access and may require creating an account from the publisher's website.

The number of pages you can print or save also varies by provider. In general:

Ebrary: Print up to 60 pages. Some publishers will let you download the entire book for 1-2 weeks.

Ebook Library (EBL): Print up to 20% of the book. Some publishers let you download the entire book for up to 3 days.

EBSCO Ebook Collection: Print up to 60 pages. Some publishers allow you to download the entire book for up to 21 days.

MyiLibrary: Print up to 10% of the book. Some publishers will let you download the entire book for up to 2 weeks. Some titles must be downloaded (not available for online reading).

Safari Books Online: You can print individual sections of a book. You cannot download an entire book. Limit of 10 users at a time.

ScienceDirect: Download each chapter (PDF) to print or save.

Springer Journals & Ebooks: Download each chapter (PDF) to print or save. You can also download the entire book.

Wiley Online Library: Download each chapter (PDF) to print or save.

Last modified: August 20, 2014