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EBSCO eBooks

How to view, print, save, and download EBSCO ebooks.

View EBSCO eBooks

You can view EBSCO eBooks using the web browser on your computer or mobile device. No additional apps are required to view an eBook.

If an e-book has a limited number of users, your viewing session will count as one user until you close your browser window.

Adobe Digital Editions

You must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer to download EBSCO eBooks. You must also use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer an eBook to a supported portable eReader device.


How to Download Adobe Digital Editions
On a Personal Computer

Download Adobe Digital Editions at:

On a SLU-Issued Computer

Download Adobe Digital Editions from the Software Center on your computer.


  1. Open "Software Center" from the Windows Start menu.
  2. Open "Applications" then
  3. Find & install Adobe Digital Editions (E-Book Reader) 


  1. Click on the Finder (Happy Mac) icon on the left side of your dock
  2. Click Applications
  3. Scroll and double-click the Managed Software Center icon
  4. Open "Applications" then
  5. Find & install Adobe Digital Editions (E-Book Reader)

Download EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO eBooks with DRM (Digital Rights Mangaement) restrictions require use of Adobe Digital Editions to download, and have restrictions on printing, saving or copying.

Those without DRM restrictions don' t require special software and have no restrictions on printing, saving, or copying.

If an e-book has a limited number of users, your download will count as one user until you return the book or your check out time expires.

To download a DRM-restricted EBSCO eBook:

  1. Install & authorize Adobe Digital Editions 
  2. From the e-book display page in EBSCOhost, Sign In to your MyEBSCOhost account (or create a new one)
  3. Click Full Download
  4. Select a Download Duration (up to 21 days) and Format (PDF or ePUB)
  5. Click the blue Full Download button
  6. Click the blue Close button
  7. Open the downloaded file. It will open in Adobe Digital Editions.

 To download a DRM-Free eBook:

  1. Click Full Download.

  2. From the e-book display page in EBSCOhost, Sign In to your MyEBSCOhost account (or create a new one)

  3. Select a Download Format and click the Full Download button.

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

    If you Open the file, PDF eBooks are opened with Adobe® Reader. EPUB eBooks will open with Adobe® Digital Editions (if installed).

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

To learn more, please see: 

Return EBSCO e-Books

Please note, eBooks can only be checked in using the desktop version of Adobe Digital Editions

To check in an EBSCO eBook before the check out period has expired:

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.

  2. On the Bookshelf screen of Adobe Digital Editions, right-click the cover of the eBook you would like to check-in and select Return Borrowed Item.

  3. Click the Return button to confirm you would like to return the eBook.

  4. The eBook is checked in and removed from your Bookshelves view screen and is available to other patrons.

Share a Limited Access EBSCO eBook

When using an EBSCO ebook with limited access for a class, students will need to do the following so that they can share the ebook:

Use the "Save Pages" or "Print Pages" options instead of the "Download" options. See image below.

If all students do this, they should be able to have concurrent access to the ebook. 

EPUB eBook Format

What is the EPUB format?

EPUB has become the industry standard format for delivering eBooks, because it enables publishers to create books that behave more like web content.

EPUB titles are often embedded with links to help the user navigate between sections, from the index to the relevant pages, and out to the open web.

To learn more, please see the following:

Save, Print, or Email eBook Chapters

Can I print or save EBSCO eBook pages as a PDF?

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.


  • 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.

To learn how to save, print, or email eBook Chapters, see:

Citing eBooks

How do I cite EBSCO eBooks?

EBSCO eBooks are available in both PDF and EPUB formats. PDF books have page numbers that typically correlate with the print version of the title, and those page numbers may be used for citation purposes. EPUB eBooks are formatted with reflowable text, which means the text resizes to fit the viewing window, and therefore they do not have stable pagination.

Most citation style guides, particularly in the humanities, make allowances for eBooks without stable page numbers. Visit our Support Site FAQ for reference if you’re trying to cite an eBook.