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Circulation Services

Policies and procedures for library services and materials

Policies for Downloadable eBook Collections




Ebook Central – entire book

Ebook Central pdf – chapter or page range


Checkout length

7 day maximum – user decides

0, 7, or 14 days, depending on license for individual title

PDFs do not expire; 60 page limit

PDFs do not expire. Download by chapter or entire book.



Has real-time "waiting list" for busy titles








Number of checkouts you can have at one time


You can full-download the same book again and again, once you return it or it expires.

No limit



-Apple (iOS) Devices, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

-Android Devices, such as smartphones and tablets

-Sony eReader Touch Edition


-Kindle: PDFs can be created in the eBook Full Text view and transferred using Send to Kindle

-All eBook Readers supporting the Adobe eBook DRM

Minimum Browser Requirements for EBSCO Interfaces.

-Laptop / Desktop

-Apple (iOS) Devices: iPhone, iPad, and iPod

-Android Devices: Smartphone and tablet

All devices that can read PDF

All devices that can read PDF.



Mobile Apps

In order to download EBSCO eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer.  You will also need to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer an eBook to a supported portable eReader device.

Downloading EBSCO eBooks on PC:

Downloading EBSCO eBooks to Your Mobile Device:

To download on Mobile Devices, you will need the following:

Note for Apple Device Users:  Pop-ups must be allowed in the settings for the Safari web browser as the downloaded eBook file opens in a new tab before opening in the Bluefire app.

From a Laptop or Desktop:

-If you’re using a laptop or desktop, you need Adobe Digital Editions, a free program that is different than Adobe Reader.

-A free Adobe ID is also required to transfer the eBook to another device, but not if you’re just reading it on the same computer. 

Download to Mobile Devices

On iOS and Android devices, you need Bluefire Reader, which is free from the App Store and Google Play. You need an Adobe ID to use Bluefire Reader.

Downloading from eBook Central (entire eBooks):


Chapter Downloads allow you to download a chapter, page range, or single page as a PDF.

Chapter Downloads are available from Chapter Results.

The PDFs are searchable and selectable, include a citation and do not expire.

Downloading from eBook Central (Chapters):








SpringerLink App available for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Discalimer: SpringerLink App is not frequently updated.


Number of users accessing book

No access when someone has title checked out. Generally one user at a time when title is available.

Sometimes unlimited; sometimes one; varies by title



Searching and Reading - Help

EBSCO eBooks Basics. Includes EBSCO eBooks requirements and eBook viewer.

Reading EBSCO eBooks - Tutorial

Searching for eBooks - Tutorial

Book Details.  Example of an Ebook Central Detail Page.

Ebook Central Reader. Table of Contents and Reader Navigation Tips.

Ebook Central Bookshelf. Functionality, Export Notes, Share Link to Book, Copy To, and Remove.

Book Annotations. Highlights, Notes and Bookmarks.

Searching in Ebook Central. Search Results and Advanced Searching.


Search Tips: Narrowing your results, start a new search, operators, and more.

Downloading help                

Downloading EBSCO eBooks:



Ebook Central Full Download.  Here is an example of a full title download in Adobe Digital Editions.

Full Download: Troubleshooting Bluefire issues   

Ebook Central Chapter Download.  

Here is an example of a Chapter Download.

Just click on Download book PDF link.


An EBSCO search widget is available from

A Research Resources: Research Resources LibGuide page.


An Ebook Central search widget is available from

A Research Resources: Research Resources LibGuide page.