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Everything you need to know about finding and using e-Books in our Library.

Downloading eBooks

You can download eBooks from the Library in two different ways:

  1. directly through a publisher's website, where the Library has subscribed to the content
  2. from a third party hosted website, such as ProQuest or EBSCOhost.

1. Publisher access

You will find that most content provided directly by the publisher allows faster access, and has no DRM (digital rights management) attached. Content is usually provided in PDF format and can be downloaded chapter by chapter or as a full book directly to your computer or device.

2. Third party eBooks

Third party eBooks are different from publisher hosted eBooks because access can be limited and they are usually not DRM-Free. These are individual titles for which the Library has purchased access through another provider. These differ from Publisher eBooks because they usually require a separate Adobe Digital Editions account to manage the digital rights and allow the eBook to be downloaded to a device or computer. 

Adobe Digital Editions

Create a free account with Adobe.

Note: It is best to create this under a personal email, not your University email, so you have access to your account in the future.

Download Adobe Digital Editions from the website. This is the program specifically for managing the eBook downloads. You will need to authorise your computer to use this account. Note: You cannot download or access Adobe Digital Editions on the University computers, as it is designed for personal use only.

Adobe offers information on devices that are compatible with Adobe Digital Editions.

For phones and tablets, apps that can open Adobe Digital Edition files are:

  • Bluefire reader (no longer free)
  • the official Adobe Digital Editions app
  • pocketbook reader (iOS and Android).

Adobe Digital Editions can allow for syncing across multiple authorised devices, but may not work for all eBooks from the Library.

For further help with Adobe Digital Editions you can see the Adobe FAQs.