Downloading and using ebooks

Downloading ebooks

Many Library ebooks can be "borrowed" or downloaded to your mobile device, tablet or computer for a specified period of time. Single chapters or limited page ranges can often be downloaded as a PDF and saved permanently. Note:

  • loan periods vary - please check the interface before downloading
  • some ebooks have limited simultaneous downloads (e.g. only one person can download at a time).

Most ebooks can be read with the following software and an Adobe ID.

On your computer:

  1. install Adobe Digital Editions
  2. authorise Adobe Digital Editions with your Adobe ID
  3. if needed, associate .acsm files with Adobe Digital Editions.

On your mobile/tablet device:

  1. download the Adobe Digital Editions app via Google Play or the App Store
  2. authorise the Adobe Digital Editions app with your Adobe ID.

Authorising your computer, smartphone, tablet or e-reader with the same Adobe ID provides the flexibility to transfer ebooks between devices.

How much can I print and copy from an ebook?

Restrictions on printing and copying vary by ebook publisher and many require you to download first, so always check the interface for details.

Single chapters or limited page ranges can often be saved and printed as a PDF.

You can also check how much you've printed and copied, and when the ebook loan will expire:

  • Adobe Digital Editions for PC and Mac - right-click the ebook on your Bookshelf and select "Item Info".

How do I see the ebooks I have on loan, or a history of ebooks I have viewed?