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EBSCO eBooks: Faculty & Staff: eBook Basics

What are EBSCO eBooks?

What are EBSCO eBooks?

EBSCO eBooks are online versions of print books that the library has purchased. eBooks that are owned will be available to the library in perpetuity, with provisions being made for long term access and preservation. SOME RESTRICTIONS DO APPLY.  EBSCO eBooks are available from all major academic publishers in virtually all academic disciplines.

EBSCO eBooks offer a number of advantages.  Users can:

  • Access titles on mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fire, and Android Devices
  • Search within a book for specific words or phrases
  • Save, print, or email chapters or sections
  • Copy and paste portions of text for easy access during the research process
  • Link to books or book chapters for easy reference or social sharing
  • Save a list of favorite books to a personal book shelf
  • Generate or export citations to bibliographic management tools
  • Save notes to a personal folder with an EBSCOhost account
  • Navigate between sections or chapters and the index via linking

If you’re interested in the library purchasing an eBook for its collection, click here

Register to Access EBSCO eBooks

FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW  to register or update your Library Patron number. All patrons must be registered to access eBooks, on and off campus.

If you have a faculty or staff ID, your 14-digit barcode is on the back. This is your library number. If you do not have an ID card, please contact your department administrator for assistance.

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Library Contact


For any questions about EBSCO eBook access or use, contact .

eBooks in the Classroom

EBSCO eBooks are a great addition to the classroom. They offer sustainable and cost effective access to teaching and learning resources. Here are some things to know for using EBSCO eBooks in your courses:

  • EBSCO eBooks can be found and read through a search of your library's EBSCO eBooks database (here)


  • You can also Permalink book chapters in your BlackBoard courses/sites for direct student access. Learn more here
  • If you Permalink book chapters or entire eBooks, you must inform your students of authentication requirements. They will need to sign-in with their Library Patron information (barcode/last name) upon each use of the link.
  • For your open access and the open access of all users, inform students to read the PDF version of course textbooks ONLY, and not to do a 'Full Download'. Full download means the individual user has sole access to the entire eBook for a full seven (7) days and no one else can access it at that time. This can definitely halt the learning process and hinder the purpose of eBook accessibility. 
  • Encourage the use of eBooks for student assignment completion as they are full scholarly materials. Inform students that they do have the option of downloading EBSCO eBooks that are not used for course textbooks. All downloads are temporary.
  • A Student-specific version of this guide will be issued to students and will be forwarded to faculty for distribution.