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Ebooks Help: ProQuest Ebook / Ebrary

Using ProQuest Ebook Central / Ebrary

*Note: Ebrary and Ebook Library (EBL) ebooks:

Ebrary and Ebook Library (EBL) ebooks have recently been migrated to Proquest Ebook Central.
If you previously had an Ebrary bookshelf, you will need to go through the following steps to migrate the contents.

  • Upon accessing Proquest Ebook Central, click “Bookshelf” in the top right corner.
  • Click “Get Started”. In the top right corner, sign in using your ebrary username and password.
  • Your bookshelf will then be transferred to Proquest Ebook Central and you should get the following message: “We moved your ebrary bookshelf to Ebook Central”.

You will no longer need a separate username and password to add items to your bookshelf. Simply add them and they will be retained, as long as you are accessing Proquest Ebook Central via Library Search.

The library subscribes to over 60,000 titles via ProQuest Ebook Central.

ProQuest Ebook Central is supported by the following systems and browsers:

  • Windows:  7, 8, 8.1
  • OS X:  10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks)

Supported browsers:

  • Chrome:  latest version
  • FireFox:  latest two versions
  • Safari:  latest two versions
  • Internet Explorer:  versions 9, 10 and 11 only
    • For IE 9, make sure compatibility mode is turned off.


Getting Started

When you open a Proquest Ebook Central book, you’re first taken to its Detail Page.

To begin reading the book, click the “Read Online” button, or on the desired chapter link in the live Table of Contents.

Once you are reading the book, you can return to the full Detail Page by clicking the blue “More…” link in the panel to the left.

In addition to bibliographic information, you’ll see:

  • # of selections you can copy and print 
  • Whether the book can be full-document downloaded

Copy and Print

The copy and print limits on most ebrary books are based on the following percentage of the number of pages in the book.

  • Online Allowances (per book, per user session)
    • Copy= 15%
      • Copying multiple selections from a page counts as one copy
    • Print= 30%
      • Print to paper or print to PDF (aka page-range download)
  • Offline allowances (from ADE or Bluefire, once you’ve full-downloaded)
    • Copy = 10%
    • Print = 10%

Download complete book

1. Locate the book you want to download

2. Sign in to your personal Proquest Ebook Central account or create one

3. Click the “Download” button

- You will be asked what kind of device you are using



- When you are downloading from a laptop or desktop, you will be prompted to download Adobe Digital Editions first, if you haven’t already.



- Just one final click to download the book



- Once you download the book it automatically opens in Adobe Digital Editions.

For non-Android, non-iOS devices (e.g., Windows phone or Surface tablet), select “Laptop/Desktop” as your device, then use an Adobe-DRM-compatible reader app available on that platform (e.g. DL Reader).

If a book cannot be downloaded, it might be that:

  • Book is provided as a loan - loaned books cannot be full downloaded
  • Publisher doesn’t allow full downloads, check:  >more info
  • It’s a limited-user book and no more downloads allowed for the book
  • User has the max 10 books downloaded.  Return books:  >more info


(All information taken from


Features at a glance

Ebook function Yes/No/Explanantion

Read online?


Specialised reader software required?


 Read offline?

 Yes (see Downloading)

 iPad compatible?



-As PDF: Yes, with page limits flagged on Detail page
-Whole book: Yes, with sign in (if you have installed  Adobe Digital Editions (free) on personal computer, or Bluefire Reader and Adobe ID on mobile device))
You can have up to 10 titles for 14 days, and can then have another 14 days
NOTE: Limited user titles cannot be downloaded as a whole book.


Yes, with page limits flagged on Detail page

Personal account?

Yes, sign in at top right corner

HIghlighting, saving text etc?

Yes, with sign in
-Also on saved PDFs

Online help pages?

ebrary Support Centre