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eBooks at Duke: Getting Started

This page will emphasize how to search for, read, download and, where possible, transfer eBooks to eReader devices. Information about competing eBook platforms, library policies and services will be provided.

In General

To access eBooks at Duke,  search the library catalog by title or author or searchby title or author within an eBook collection. Duke supports 4 main platforms for eBooks:


 - ebrary (Ebook Library)

 - EBSCO eBooks

 - EBL (Electronic Book Library) 

 - University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)


When you find your eBookyou may browse the contents online for a period of time. By creating an account on the platform, you can access advanced options, such as exporatble annotation. For two of the four platforms, an account is required for downloading. Supported browsers include IE, Chrome and Firefox.


Common to three of the four eBook platforms is that they manage check outs and downloads using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). UPSO is the exception. Adobe Digital Editions is free software manages loan periods and returns to facilitate access to our eBooks. ADE also allows for transfer of downloaded eBooks to a variety of mobile devices. Apps such as IBook, Bluefire and Adobe reader allow for chapters or books to be read on mobile devices as well, though this varries by platform.


The tabs above describe the features of each of the eBook platforms at Duke.


Note: It is always best to checkout, download and transfer ebooks on your office or personal computer, tablet or other mobile device.

The steps

1. Create an account on ebrary and EBSCO eBook platforms. (An account is not needed for EBL or UPSO.)

2. Download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to your personal computer, and create an account. (ADE is not needed for UPSO.)

3. Search for and checkout an eBook from Duke's collection.

4. Transfer to your mobile device using the ADE interface.