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Downloading eBooks: ebrary to Computer

This guide explains how to use and download eBooks

Note: Adobe Digital Editions is required to download

If you are working on a public computer that is shared by others (e.g., in your library), you should read ebooks online. On your personal computer, all downloaded ebooks are read via Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), a separate application from Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader designed specifically for reading ebooks that have been secured with Adobe's digital rights management (DRM) software. In order to download and read ebrary ebooks offline, you must first install ADE.

ebrary Computer Download Options

Downloads allows you to access and work with content offline.  You will need to sign in to your personal ebrary account to access this option.


There are several options available in terms of downloading ebrary content:

  • Option 1: In image PDF format, a chapter or page range up to 60 pages
  • Option 2: Full title downloads using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), free software available from adobe.com (requires signing into ebrary bookshelf account and ADE account

Full Title Download to Computer

To download an entire ebrary document onto your computer, thereby creating an e-book for temporary access, you need Adobe Digital Editions, a free software program.

You can read and annotate downloaded e-books offline on your computer, and transfer them to supported devices.  You can have up to 10 ebrary e-books downloaded at a time.  Access periods (or you can return the download early):

7 days for single-user-only documents, if the library has chosen to allow this

14 days for multi-user documents; all subscription documents are multi-user

If it’s your first time downloading a document onto your computer via Adobe Digital Editions:

I. We recommend setting up Adobe Digital Editions on your computer before you start downloading from ebrary, see:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=841

II. Or you can do all the steps together:

  1. From your computer, go to your ebrary site
  2. If you aren’t already, sign in to your personal ebrary account
    That is, click the “Sign In” button at the top right and sign in.  If you don’t already have a personal ebrary account, create one as described here
    http://support.ebrary.com/kb/to-create-ebrary-account/
  3. Find the book you want to download
  4. Click the “Download“ button in list mode or while viewing the document
  5. Select option to “Download the entire document“, Click OK
  6. Number of days e-book will be readable is displayed, Click “Download
  7. If you haven’t already done so, you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions at this point.
  8. Once Adobe Digital Editions is installed, choose Open with Adobe Digital Editions
  9. You’ll be prompted to sign in to your Adobe account; if you don’t already have one, click the button to create one

Limitations on full-document downloading:

  • Some publishers prohibit full-document downloading of their documents
    For a list of these publishers, see: http://support.ebrary.com/?p=868
  • downloaded ebooks are not supported on Kindle or Kobo Vox

Alternative: Download a specific chapter or page range as an image PDF
See:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=655

ebrary Support