Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2016     Views: 176

eBooks from ebrary can be "checked out" and downloaded to your computer or any Adobe Digital Editions-compatible or BlueFire Reader-compatible device. Please note that downloading ebooks is not required to read them. You can read the ebooks within the database right from your computer. Ebrary also offers the "Ebrary Reader" which provides an easier, more flexible option for reading ebooks on your computer.

Before attempting to download an ebook from ebrary, please make sure that:

  1. You're downloading to a device that supports Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader. Ebooks can be downloaded to iPads, PCs and several types of ereaders including a NOOK and Sony ereader. Check here if you're not sure whether your device supports these applications.
  2. You have a SNHU email and password login. This is your normal login to
  3. You have Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader downloaded on your computer or device. Adobe Digital Editions is a free program that allows you to load the entire ebook for viewing and transfer it to a device. If you want to download to an ipad (or Apple device) you will want to download the Bluefire Reader or another database-specific application. For more information about how to download Adobe Digital Editions or BlueFire Reader, click here.
  4. You have or plan to create a free account within the ebrary ebook database. You will need to create a free account in the ebrary database to be able to download ebooks (more information on creating an ebrary account is available below). 

Please note: When you download an ebook from ebrary it will only be available on your computer or device for up to 7 days. After the 7 day period is up you can download the book again if you'd like to. This 7 day period is set by the vendor/publisher and is not something that the library can change.

Some ebook databases only allow a certain number of users to view or download an ebook at the same time. If you get a message indicating that you cannot view or download an ebook because it is "checked out" or being viewed by another user, please try again later or ask a librarian for assistance finding an alternative resource.

To Download eBooks from ebrary:

  1. In the Ebrary Ebooks database, click on the "Sign In" link near the top right area of the screen:

    Screenshot of Sign In link within the ebrary database

  2. Sign in to your ebrary account or use the "Create Account" button to create your free ebrary account:

    Screenshot of ebrary account sign in page

  3. After you have signed into your ebrary account, search for the ebook you want to download and click on the title of the ebook to see more information. Then click either the "Full Download" button or "Available for Full Download" link (if available). You may also have the option to click on the "Chapter Download" link to download just a chapter from the ebook:

    Screenshot of ebrary full download button and link
    Note: There may be a "Download" button under the ebook in the results list which you can also use to download the ebook but using that button follows slightly different steps than the process being explained here.

  4. After you click on one of the download options, a pop-up box should appear asking that you identify the device you are using and whether you are on a personal or public computer:

    Screenshot of pop up box indicating a successful ebook download

  5. After selecting your device and clicking "Continue", follow the prompts to install and download the ebook. If you do not already have Adobe Digital Editions or the BlueFire Reader on your computer you will be prompted to download and install the application.
  6. After downloading the ebook, Adobe Digital Editions should automatically launch to open the ebook. Alternatively, a box may appear prompting you to open the ebook file in Adobe Digital Editions (click "Ok" and the ebook should open in Adobe Digital Editions for you to begin reading).

Check out the links below for more information about downloading ebooks and Adobe Digital Editions. 

More information on ebrary ebooks is available here.

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