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Simmons E-Books: Home

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

Getting Started

Welcome to the Simmons University Library E-Book Guide!

In this guide, you will find information on how E-Book access is approached at Simmons as well as how to locate, save PDF portions of, and download E-book resources.

For additional help or support, please Ask a Librarian.

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Important ! Digital Rights Management

Some of the Simmons University Library's e-books are protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) systems.         

To download a DRM-protected book to your computer using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), follow these steps:

  1. Download ADE software [free] onto your personal computer
  2. During install, do choose to "authorize" your computer without an Adobe ID - this lets you download DRM-protected books to your computer without having to create an ID account.
  3. Download the e-book to your personal computer.​​​​​​ For step-by-step instructions, visit the Downloading E-Books page. 


  • ADE does NOT support any Amazon Kindle e-readers
  • This means that you CAN'T download any DRM-protected book onto a Kindle

For further information on digital rights management, please see the Electronic Privacy Information Center's website on DRM and privacy



E-Books @ Simmons

E-Books @ Simmons

Our aim is to provide users access to academic and course materials in eBook format when possible. Due to licensing many of the E-Books at Simmons have a limited number of simultaneous user spaces available. Once this limit is reached, the E-Book becomes unavailable until the E-Book is returned and one of the simultaneous user spaces is released. This means that eBooks are handled much like on-site course reserves material and have a 3-hour checkout (download) limit

Downloading on Library Computers

Downloading E-Books on Library Computers

Due to software constraints, DRM protected e-books may NOT be downloaded nor uploaded to an e-reader via a library computer. You must use a personal computer, or device, to download e-books to a personal Adobe Digital Editions account.

Please follow the instructions in Downloading E-Books to create a free Adobe Digital Editions account.

DRM systems control the use of digital content, such as downloadable songs, DVDs and CDs, games, and of course, e-books.

For additional help or support, please Ask a Librarian.