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Off-Campus Library Use: Using EBSCO and EBL eBooks

eBooks from EBSCO

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eBooks from EBL

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What You Need

To check out eBooks from EBSCO or EBL, you will need:

  1. A MyEBSCOHost account (for EBSCO). If you don't have one, you can create one during the checkout process. This also allows you to save articles for later, save searches, access your search history, and set up alerts.
  2. Adobe Digital Editions (or, if downloading directly to a device such as an iPad, an Adobe Digital Editions ID). Adobe Digital Editions is a free download to your computer.
  3. An e-reader. You can use an Adobe Digital Editions-compatible device, Adobe Digital Editions on your computer, or install the free BlueFire app on your iOS or Android device.

See EBSCO's instructions for how to check out and download a book.

Questions and Answers

1. Can I read EBSCO or EBL eBooks on campus computers?

Yes, but you can't download them for offline reading unless the computer has Adobe Digital Editions installed. You can install Adobe Digital Editions on your own computer (it's free!) and read books there.

2. How long can I check out an EBSCO book?

You can choose anywhere from 1 to 7 days. After the checkout period, your download will expire and you will need to check the book out again if you want to keep using it.

3. Can I read a book on my phone?

If it's an iPhone or an Android, then yes. You'll need a reader app; we suggest Bluefire, which is free.

4. When I tried to open a book, I got a message that it's in use. What's going on?

EBSCO eBooks can only be viewed by one person at a time. If the book is in use you'll need to try to access it again later.

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