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Simmons E-Books: Downloading E-Books

How to find and use electronic books from the library's catalog and beyond

Best Practices

E-Books are handled much like on-site course reserves material and have a 3-hour checkout (download) limit. Once the 3-hour window is up, the E-Book will automatically be returned.

Because of this - We recommend that students view the resource by clicking on the PDF Full Text icon. In this view it is recommended that you utilize the “Save pages” feature (located in the top menu bar of the PDF viewer) to save the desired pages as PDFs. This will ensure access to this portion of the resource beyond the 3-hour checkout limitation imposed on downloads of the full eBook.

Some publishers have created a limit on the number of pages that can be saved during one session. This limit will become visible after clicking on the "Save Pages".

Downloading an E-Book

You may choose to read an e-book online or download the e-book to your personal computer and read it offline at a later time.

Adobe® Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher is required for offline viewing. This free software can be downloaded from this link.

To download an e-book:

1. Click the Download (Offline) link for the e-book you would like to download.


2. If you are not already logged in to your EBSCOhost account, you will be prompted to sign in or create a new (free) account.


3. Check the I have Adobe Digital Editions box and click the Download button.

The e-book is added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface. If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you are prompted to do so.

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

      If you Open the file, your e-book is opened with Adobe® Digital Editions.

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

4. When a downloaded e-book is opened, it is displayed in Adobe® Digital Editions.