Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2019     Views: 1514

eBooks from EBSCO can be "checked out" and downloaded to your computer or any Adobe Digital Editions-compatible or BlueFire Reader-compatible device.

Please note: downloading ebooks is not required to read them. You can read the ebooks within the database right from your computer.

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

  • 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 the "Digital Editions Supported Devices" if you're not sure whether your device supports these applications.
  • You have an SNHU email and password login. This is your normal login to
  • 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, check out the FAQ: How do I download Adobe Digital Editions or the Bluefire Reader?.
  • You have or plan to create a free account within the EBSCO ebook database. You will need to create a free account in the EBSCO database (called My EBSCOhost) to be able to send the ebook to Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire (more information on creating an EBSCO account is available below). 

Please note: When you download an ebook from EBSCO it will only be available on your computer or device for 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 at or 844.684.0456 (toll free) for assistance finding an alternative resource.

To Download eBooks from EBSCO

  1. In the eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) database, click on the "Download (Offline)" or "Download the eBook (Offline)" option below or next to the ebook you want to download:

    Screenshot of an EBSCO eBook with the Download Offline Option
    Screenshot of an EBSCO eBook with the Download This eBook Offline Option

  2. After you click the "Download (Offline)" or "Download the eBook (Offline)" option a pop-up box will appear asking you to sign in to your My EBSCOhost account (this is a free personal account within the database):

    Screenshot of pop up message prompting users to sign in or sign up for My EBSCOhost
    If you do not already have a My EBSCOhost account, use the "Create New Account" option to create an account. If you already have a My EBSCOhost account, use the "Sign in to My EBSCOhost" option.

  3. After you have signed into your My EBSCOhost account, another pop-up box will appear. Click on the "Checkout & Download" button to download the ebook:

    Screenshot of the pop up box with the option to checkout and download the ebook
    Remember: The maximum amount of time an ebook from EBSCO can be downloaded for is 7 days.

    Please Note: There is a "Viewing Requirements" area on the pop-up box which provides more information about downloading ebooks to various devices and requirements for downloading ebooks.

  4. After you click on the "Checkout & Download" button a new pop-up box should appear indicating that you have successfully downloaded the ebook:

    Screenshot of pop up box indicating a successful ebook download

  5. A box should then 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 video below for a tutorial of download ebooks from EBSCO and reading ebooks in Adobe Digital Editions or please watch EBSCO's support video Downloading EBSCO eBooks.

If you would like to download eBooks to your Kindle Fire, please read the EBSCO support article How can I checkout and download an EBSCO eBook to a Kindle Fire?

More information on EBSCO eBooks is available on EBSCO's eBook guide.

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