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eBook Collections: Download

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Additional eBook Collections and Guides

Explore these guides for more in-depth eBook resources available within different discipline fields.

Downloading eBooks

Downloading books enables you to use them when you are working offline. This page is an overview of how to download an entire book (or document). Please remember that some collections will NOT allow you to download their eBooks.

Many eReaders allow you to transfer a PDF file onto the reader. Also, creating an Adobe Digital Editions account allows you to download books from many public libraries or other sources. There are also Apps that allow users to read eBooks.

Please contact a librarian with any specific questions for downloading eBooks.

Listed below are guides and instructions for downloading eBooks from specific collections.


Directions for downloading ebrary eBooks to an iPad or Android device. 

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Directions for downloading EBSCOhost eBooks to an iPad or Android device. 

Checking out eBooks makes them unavailable to others. Please refrain from checking out eBooks for longer than needed. 

PDF Files

Many eReaders can use PDF files. This is similar to moving a file from your computer onto a flash drive. Here are some basic instructions to download a PDF and transfer it to your eReader

  1. Find an eBook that is a PDF.
  2. Save the PDF file to your computer.
  3. Plug your eReader into your computer using it's USB cord.
  4. Select the PDF file of the book within your computer files and drag it onto your eReader.
  5. Disconnect the eReader and start reading.

Adobe Digital Editions

Besides Kindle, many eReaders can use Adobe Digital Editions to access eBooks. Also, many public libraries use Adobe Digital Editions to check out their eBooks.

Here are directions to install Adobe Digital Editions on your PC or MAC:

  1. Go to
  2. Follow the instructions for installation and activation
  3. In order to use the software, you need to create a free Adobe Account
  4. Once installed, Adobe Digital Editions will allow you to download books to your PC or Mac


Some eReader devices, such as Android and iPad/iPhone/iTouch, can use apps to access eBooks. Listed below are some available apps.

  • Aldiko- eBook reader for Android devices
  • Bluefire Reader- Using your Adobe Digital Editions account information, you can read eBooks through this app
  • Google Books app- Download books from Google Books
  • Kindle app- This app will allow you to buy eBooks through Amazon and read them on your device