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EBSCO eBook Collection

The EBSCO eBook Collection contains over 8000 fiction and non-fiction fulltext eBooks in a variety of subject areas (business, computer science, history, sociology, etc.) Eckerd College students , faculty and staff may access all of the library's eBooks from home or anywhere off-campus with an Internet connection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  How do I access the EBSCO eBook Collection?
Select the "Articles" tab on the library homepage and select EBSCO eBook Collection from the drop down menu. If you are off campus, you will need to log in with your Eckerd email and username in order to access this collection.

Q.  How do I search the EBSCO eBook collection?
  See searching EBSCO eBooks Help Sheet and searching EBSCO eBooks Tutorial (4 minutes).

Q.  What are the systems requirements for using EBSCO eBooks?
  In order to effectively use all EBSCO eBook features, the minimum browser requirements are Internet Explorer 7.0, Firefox 8.0, Google Chrome 16.0, and Safari 5.1 (for Macintosh). You must also have Adobe ® Reader® installed to view the PDF Full Text files, have JavaScript turned on, and allow cookies.

Q.  How do I view the eBook?
A.  eBooks can be read online in the eBook Viewer by clicking the eBook Full Text link in the Result list or Detailed Record.

You can also view an eBook by downloading it to your computer using Adobe Digital Editions.  This will allow you to borrow the book for seven (7) days, and read it directly on your computer.

Note: If you are using a Mac, you will need to upgrade your browser to Safari 5.1.2. You can upgrade your browser through Software Update on your Mac.

Q.  I am done viewing a book in the eBook Viewer that my classmate needs, but he or she is unable to view it because the system says  the book is still in use.  How do I return or close the book so my classmate can see it?
A.  eBooks that are viewed in the eBook Viewer can be "closed" by clicking the Results List, New Search, Back, or Exit links in the eBook Viewer.  If an eBook has been left "open" but is not being used, it will be available to other users 30 minutes after the EBSCOhost session expires.

Q.  What if someone is using the book I want?
A.  If the eBook you want is in use by another patron, you have the ability to place a hold on the eBook. Enter your e-mail address in the field provided and click the Place Hold button. You can place up to 5 holds on eBooks and your hold requests expire after 3 months.  You will receive an e-mail once the book is available for you to use, either through the eBook Viewer or for download to Adobe Digital Editions.

Q.  Is there special software required for me to download an eBook?
  Yes. Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher is required for offline viewing. This free software can be downloaded from

Q.  How do I download an eBook?
  See the EBSCO eBook downloading Help Sheet and EBSCO eBook downloading Tutorial (4 minutes).

Q.  What is the checkout period for an eBook?
  You can check out an eBook for 7 days.  If the eBook you need is in use you can place a hold on that eBook.  Holds expire after 3 months.  

Q.  Can I transfer this eBook to my e-reader?
  EBSCO eBooks can be transferred to all e-readers that are compatible with Adobe Digital Editions, which includes most of the common e-readers (Nook, Sony e-reader, Kobo, etc) EXCEPT for the Amazon Kindle, which is NOT compatible with Adobe Digital Editions. A complete list of e-readers compatible with Adobe Digital Editions can be found here:

In order to download eBooks, you need to:

1) Be logged into your OneSearch account.
2) Download and install Adobe Digital Editions to your computer. This free software can be downloaded from
3) Create a free Adobe ID to use with Adobe Digital Editions.  This allows you to read the Adobe DRM-protected eBooks on your device.

For iPads, you can download eBooks directly from OneSearch in your browser but you still need to have a OneSearch account and an Adobe Digital Editions account.  EBSCO eBooks will work with the following free iPad/iPhone app, which can be found in the App Store: Bluefire Reader.  Titles downloaded to your iPad will automatically expire after 7 days.  You can also return items early by going to the Info tab for the eBook and selecting "Return Item".

Q.  Are all EBSCO eBooks available for downloading?
  The download option is not available to all of the eBooks in the EBSCO eBook collection and this is due to the different publisher's rules. If the download (offline) link is not listed under the eBook record, that means it is not available for download and can only be viewed via the eBook full text link in the web browser.

Q.  Where can I get help using EBSCO ebooks?
  The Eckerd College Reference Librarians are available to assist you in using this eBook collection.  Stop by the reference desk, send us a message via chat, email, or call 864-8337.

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