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E-book Database:  ebrary

Browser plugin:  ebrary e-books can be read online using QuickView.  The ebrary Reader Tool is a second option that offers maximum functionality.


Loan Period:  An ebrary e-book is considered "in use" until it has experienced 15 minutes of inactivity. If a given ebrary title is being read by its limit of users, you'll receive a message that the e-book is in use and cannot be accessed until one of the current users is done (that could take minutes or days).  If this is the case, you should be given the option of "placing a hold" on the e-book through your ‘free’ profile account (that you may then need to create) so that you will be notified when the e-book is available. Whenever an e-book of interest isn't available do check the the GIL-Find@VSU Odum Catalog or consider placing a GIL Express or ILLiad request to obtain the title in print, or use the "Live Chat" to consult a Reference Librarian about these and other options. 

ebrary Account:  With an ebrary personal account, you can take advantage of the following features:

  • Add notes and otherwise highlight and annotate content in book chapters and sections - View ebrary:  Notes (YouTube)
  • Save documents and annotations to your personal bookshelf
  • Create folders on the bookshelf to organize your research
  • Print and Copy
  • Download and save items
  • Share books and notes
  • You do not need to create an account to view ebrary e-books online 

To create an ebrary account:

  1. In the ebrary database, click the Sign-in button in the upper right corner.
  2. On the Sign In page, click Create an account.
  3. Complete the form, and then click Create New Account.  

View ebrary: creating a personal account (YouTube)

Downloading:  The following instructions will work for any e-reader that supports Adobe Digital Editions.  All Android® e-readers, such as Sony®, Nook®, etc. support Adobe Digital Editions directly. iPads® support Adobe Digital Editions through third-party apps, such as BlueFire and 'txtr readers.  (Use the "Live Chat" button if you need help with any of these steps)

  1. Set up a 'free' ebrary account (click "Sign in" at the top of the any ebrary page) 
  2. Set up a 'free'  Adobe ID account  (if you don't already have one).
  3. Install the free Bluefire Reader or 'txtr app on your Apple®, Android® or other mobile device. 
  4. Enter your Adobe ID information.

For more help see the ebrary Overview of download options and Quick Start Guide (PDF) or use the "Live Chat" button for Reference librarian assistance.

Mobile: ebrary offers an app for iOS and Android devices.  You must set up both a 'free' ebrary and Adobe ID accounts. 

The e-book vendor provides more information regarding the steps in the following overview,  ebrary mobile app instructions.

Printing: Available under "InfoTools" and through "ebrary Reader"; most books have a maximum page limit that can be printed in a given session. 

Limit Search to Odum Library Purchased Titles:  Select “Advanced Search” and then from the Search In drop-down menu: "Available Licenses"


Help: Link to "Help" in top right corner of ebrary page; "quick startup guides" and a training videos is available.

ProQuest ebrary LibGuide

ebrary YouTube tutorials from ProQuest: