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Last Updated: Apr 3, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

EBL, Ebrary and EBSCO eBook FAQs Print Page


All the ebook collections allow you to read ebooks online using a web browser. This requires that you access the books through the library website,  and, if you are off campus, to login to the campus VPN before accessing an ebook.  A couple of venders, Ebrary and EBL, also offer downloadable readers with some additional features.

UC Davis has selected ebooks from three vendors or aggregators.  Unfortunately, every ebook collection or vendor has a different license agreement and may be different in terms of downloading, copying, or printing content. Some ebook collections will allow books to be downloaded to your computer or reader for a certain amount of time.  Downloading to a computer or mobile device for offline reading, when available, may require additional software or a mobile app. However, many of the ebook collections that the library subscribes to do not allow downloading of their content for offline use. Some also restrict the number of pages or amount of text that can be copied or printed from ebooks. 

The table below provides an overview of the key things you need to know about using the Ebrary, EBL and EBSCO ebook collections.

Since they use DRM (digital rights management) software, there are limits for borrowing, printing, saving and copying.

Downloading to a computer or mobile device for offline reading--when available--will require additional software or a mobile app.


    Quick Guide to EBL, ebrary and Ebsco Ebooks

    EBL, ebrary, and Ebsco eBooks are in PDF and/or epub format.  They can be read online through most web browsers, although the EBL books will prompt a user to login and read using the Adobe Digital Editions application after 5 or 10 minutes "browsing" time.

    Platform Login Required? Can more than one person access the same book? Online
    Reading Time without checking out the book
    Print, Copy and/or Save Pages Download the Entire Book for Offline Reading?

    EBL - Ebook Library             


    Login required after 5-10 minutes "browsing". 

    Titles are multi-user. After looking at a book online for 10 minutes (browsing) you must check it out for a minimum of 24 hours in order to continue reading.  Adobe Digital Editions required to download.  

    A loan, either offline or online, needs to be created in order to print and Adobe Reader needs to be installed.

    Printing limits are set at the discretion of the publisher.  Usually restricted to 20% of the total pages of the eBook.

    Can save up to 20% of the book as a PDF.                     

    Can copy and paste up to 5% of book.                          

    EBL ebooks can be downloaded to read on Adobe Digital Editions for 1-3 days (as set by the library).  

    If you are using an iPad, iPhone or Android device you can download and read EBL e-books using the (free) Bluefire Reader app for iPads/iPhones & Androids.   


    Login is not required, but you must create a free Ebrary  personal account to download and to use some features, including  bookshelf, annotate books, etc.

    Titles may be limited to one user at a time or multi-user, depending on the license. Until you logout or close the browser.

    Create an account and login to print.

    Can print 40 continuous pages; total of 60 from single book.

    Can create an image PDF of chapter or range of up to 60 pages.

    Can copy up to 60 pages from single book.

    A few publishers have set more restrictive limits on downloading and printing.                      

    If the book is limited to one user at a time, i.e., Single User, current library restrictions prohibit downloading or check out. 

    Titles that are licensed for multiple users can be downloaded and checked out for 14 days.

    A third license option is 3 users where 2 copies can be downloaded and the 3rd cannot be downloaded.

    Note that some publishers do not allow any downloading - current ebrary list.

    Ebrary supports mobile apps. 

    EBSCO To access some features, but not required.  You will be prompted to login to download a book or chapter; this is a free personal Ebscohost account. Ebsco titles have 3 different license options.   Some titles are one user only.  Until you "close" the ebook in the viewer.

    Can print up to 60 pages, or email them to open as a PDF.

    Actual number of pages varies by publisher.

    Most Ebsco ebooks can be downloaded and "checked out" for 1-7 days (check-out time selected by patron). 

    Some publishers do not allow downloading - see ebrary list;  also University of California Press.

    PDFs (subject to 60 page limit) can be transferred using "send to kindle" .  Others (ipad, iphone, android) use Bluefire Reader app.

    Adapted from UCSD Ebooks libguide.


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