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The Learning Commons e-book collection offers a fantastic variety of resources for your studies which you can access online, anywhere, anytime!

We have two main platforms for e-books. Below is some information about how to borrow and read e-books from Ebook Central and EBSCO.

E-Books FAQs

Question Ebook Central EBSCO E-Books
What e-books do we have now? Ebook Central e-books listing EBSCO e-books listing
How do I borrow an e-book?

You can either choose to Read Online or Download.

With Read Online, you get 10 minutes of free browsing time, after which you will be prompted to either create a loan or return to the catalogue.

To download, you need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed. You can then download and read the e-book offline.

*Adobe Digital Editions is available from the ZENworks launcher for on campus use.

You can either view the E-Book Full Text or Download This E-Book (Offline).

If the publisher allows downloading, users will see the Download option. You will be prompted to sign in to your My EBSCOhost account to download. You need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed. You can then download and read the e-book offline.

*Adobe Digital Editions is available from the ZENworks launcher for on campus use.

My EBSCOhost accounts can be easily created by clicking "Sign in" (top right corner) then "Create a new account".

How long can I borrow it for?

If you choose the Download option, you can select between 1-21 days.

If you choose the Download option, you can checkout the e-book for 1 day.

How many people can borrow it at once?

Most of our Ebook Central titles are currently on the "Non-Linear" and "Unlimited" lending model. 


"Non-Linear" model:
There is no limit to the number of concurrent users. However, there is a limit to the number of 24-hour loan instances, which is 325 per year. This number resets every year. For example, if one student borrows a book on a 1 day loan, and another student borrows it on a 3 day loan, that means 4 loan instances have been used up.

"Unlimited" model:
There is no limit to the number of concurrent users.

Most of our EBSCO E-Books are currently on the 1U model. Only 1 user can access at a time, but there is no limit to the number of loans per year.

If your ebook is being used by another user, you can place a hold on it through your myEBSCOhost account. You will be notified when the book is available for you to access. You can place a hold on up to 5 items.

How many e-books can I borrow at one time? No limit Up to 3
Can I download the e-books to my mobile device? Yes. You must sign up for an Adobe ID here.
Then you can read the downloaded files using the recommended Bluefire Reader app for iOS/Android
If you have further questions about accessing ebooks,
contact the Learning Commons staff. We can help.