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Access eBooks: EBSCO


Search EBSCO eBooks



  • Use your Library account to login when prompted.
  • Create a My EBSCOhost account 
  • Install Adobe Digital editions to download an eBook. We recommend ensuring you have the most recent version of Digital Editions installed. Download the software for free at If you are prompted to 'Authorize your computer', then leave the e-book vendor as 'Adobe ID' and tick the box which says 'I want to authorize my computer without an ID'. You only need to create an ID if you want to transfer downloads across multiple devices.

This is a one-time process required to download an eBook offline. Some eBook may have a DRM free access where you can download without signing in with your My EBSCOhost account. 

Advantages of using an EBSCO eBook

  • Download titles to mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, and Android Devices
  • Search within a book for specific words or phrases
  • Save, print, or email chapters or sections
  • Copy and paste portions of text for easy access during the research process
  • Link to books or book chapters for easy reference or social sharing
  • Save a list of favorite books to a personal book shelf
  • Generate or export citations to bibliographic management tools
  • Save notes to a personal folder with an EBSCOhost account
  • Navigate between sections or chapters and the index via linking
  • Place holds on titles with limited simultaneous user licenses (though most titles are available for unlimited access)



Setting up a Personal Account

  • Click the Sign In in the top toolbar of the screen.


  • From the Sign In Screen, click the Create one now link.


  • Fill in the fields on the Create Account Screen.


  • When you have completed filling out your information, click Continue.
  • A message appears that confirms your account has been created. To log into your account, click the Click here link and provide your login credentials. 
    Note: You should note the username and password you created so you can log in at a future session.



Instructions on how to download EBSCO eBook from WorldCat


  • Search by author, title or keyword. Use "quotation marks" if you know the exact title for better results.
  • Click the Full Download icon for the eBook you would like to download.


  • You will be prompted to login to your My EBSCO account. Create an account if you do not have one.


  • Select the number of days for borrowing from the drop-down menu and confirm that you have Adobe® Digital Editions or equivalent reader software installed. (If you are on a tablet device, you must confirm that you have Adobe Digital Editions or an equivalent reader app installed.)

    Note: For some titles, you may see the option to select either the PDF or ePub format for an eBook.


  • Click the Borrow button.

    The eBook is added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the  EBSCOhost interface.

  • Select to Open or Save the file from the resulting dialog box.

    If you Open the file, your eBook is opened with Adobe® Digital Editions.

    If you Save the file, the eBook is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe® Digital Editions at a later time.

Instructions on how to print pages or a section from an eBook

Depending on publisher-specified limits, up to 100 pages of an EBSCO eBook can be printed, saved or emailed as a PDF file (per user) from within the eBook viewer to be printed at a later time.

  • Go to  EBSCO eBook 
  • Search by author, title or keyword. Use "quotation marks" if you know the exact title for better results.
  • Click on PDF full-text for the eBook you want to print


  • Select the number of pages to print which should be within the page limit and click print PDF


  • Similarly, you can save or email a PDF copy of the required pages.
  • Some titles may not allow for printing due to individual publisher-specified limits.
  • The number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.
  • If you have reached your printing limit, the option to print or save eBook pages will be temporarily unavailable.

Placing a Hold on an eBook

If the eBook you have chosen to download is in use by another patron, and if your library offers Holds capabilities, you have the opportunity to place a hold on the eBook to download when it becomes available.

  • Sign into your personal My EBSCOhost folder account (if not already signed in)
  • Click Place Hold to be notified when that eBook is available for you to download.


  • The eBook is placed in the Holds area of your My EBSCOhost Folder. When the eBook is available, you are notified via the e-mail address associated with your account and the eBook appears in the Checkouts area of your folder.

After you check-out and download your eBook:

  • You may choose to transfer your eBook to your Adobe Digital Editions-compatible eBook Reader device.
  • You can re-download the eBook from your My EBSCOhost folder at any time during your checkout period.

Note: Users may also checkout an eBook for download at a later time.

To Checkout an eBook with the option to download at a later time:

  • Click the Download icon for the eBook you would like to download.
  • Select a Download duration from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button. If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you will be prompted to do so.
  • Select Cancel from the resulting dialog box. 
  • The eBook has been added to the Checkouts area of the folder and can be downloaded at a later time.