Ebook Collections: EBSCO E-books

This guide highlights a range of ebook collections, giving details on the content of the collections, and how to use them

About EBSCO E-books

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EBSCO E-books is an ebook platform, providing access to E-books from a range of publishers, and covering a wide range of subjects.

Key facts:

  • There are over 350 titles available 
  • All titles are available as full-text documents
  • 90% of the titles can be downloaded for use on your PC, Mac or Device (this is a temporary file which deletes after 24 hours)
  • You can create customised PDF files of up to 100 pages from an EBSCO E-book, for printing or saving
  • Access to some titles is limited to 1-3 concurrent users.  If you see the message "Sorry this ebook is in use" try again later.


EBSCO Information Services /EBSCOhost is the registered trademark of EBSCO Information Services

Accessing EBSCO Ebooks

Search the Library to find all the Ebsco e-books.  To the right of the book details on the Library search results page click the eBook button:

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You'll need to login to access the ebooks.  You'll be taken to the University single sign on page where you enter your username and password.

Once logged in you are taken to the book record, from here you can choose to:

  • view the full-text of the ebook (all titles), or
  • download the ebook (approx. 90% of  titles). 


Can I access all content on EBSCO E-books

Yes, you can access all the titles shown on the EBSCO E-books service.


Are there any limits on the number of concurrent users who can access a title?

Yes, there is a limit of 1 - 3 concurrent users with some titles.  If all 3 sessions are in use, you'll see the message "Sorry, this ebook is in use"

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Once someone else has finished using the ebook you should be able to use it, you'll need to refresh the page.

Please note that both the E-book Full-text option (read online) and the Download option count as a user session, so if you download a title you are using one license for 24 hours.  If you know that your whole class need to read the book, it's best not to download it.  If you only need a specific chapter of the book you are able to download and save just the chapter you need, once you logout or shut down the ebook you will release it for another user to view.  More information about these features is given below.

Download or PDF access options

UPDATE: Most EBSCO ebooks require you to login to an EBSCO account if you want to download for offline reading, there is currently a problem with account creation and logging in, so for most EBSCO ebooks the download option will not work, please use the PDF Full-text option to read online instead, as the instructions below, referring to downloading, will only work for a minority of EBSCO ebooks.

We recommend you use the PDF Full-text option to access the ebook, rather than the Download option.  However if you need off-line access to an ebook then you can download it for a 24 hour period, you will need to create an EBSCO account to do this, use the Sign in option on the ebook page, and then Sign up if you haven't already created an account.

Software requirements

Before you try to Download an Ebook from EBSCO E-book collection you will need to ensure that your PC/MAC has Adobe Digitial Editions installed.  All University PCs have this software installed.


If you want to download to a tablet/mobile device you need to have the Bluefire Reader installed, available through the  App store for Apple users, or Google Play for Android.

Choose the "Full download" option for a 24 hour offline download of the ebook.  You can't print from or annotate the downloaded version of the ebook.

Choose the PDF full-text to access the ereader and read the book online, no software installation is required for this.


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