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EBSCO eBooks: Reading Ebsco eBooks

Step 1: Download the App


Step 2: Create an Adobe ID

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Create an Adobe ID by clicking the link above.  (An Adobe ID is a free user account which enables EBSCO to lend you library eBooks and enforce the proper checkout period.  It is also required for iPads and to sync your downloads across devices.)

Return eBooks


  • To return an eBook -- After your eBook checkout expires, the eBook file is still on your device but can not be opened.  Remove the file manually by selecting it to remove it from your library.

Reading Ebsco eBooks

Step 3: Find eBooks to Read

Checkout and download on an Apple device:

  • Use a browser to search your institution's collection (pop-ups must be allowed).
  • To get an eBook, select Download. (If you are not logged into your personal My Ebscohost folder you are prompted to do so).
  • Select your preferred format (PDF or EPUB).
  • The eBook is added to the Checkout area of your My EBSCOhost folder and begins to download to your device.

Checkout and download on an Android device:

  • Search your institution's collection 
  • Tap the 'Download' link for the eBook you would like to download. (If you are not logged into your personal My Ebscohost folder you are prompted to do so).
  • Select a checkout period from the drop-down menu
  • Select your preferred format (PDF or EPUB) and tap 'Checkout & Download'.
  • Tap the downloaded eBook file from the pull-down menu at the top of your device's screen or from the Downloads area.
  • Tap 'Read Now'

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