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eBooks at SLU Libraries

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.

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: