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The library provides access to two different models of e-book through The majority of the ebooks we get through ebrary are part of a 70,000 volume subscription. These books allow multiple people to use them at one time, but they may be withdrawn from the collection at the request of their publishers. The library also buys ebook versions of certain texts; most of these are only accessible to one user at a time.

Browsing a book on Ebrary

When you click on the Electronic Book link in for an item in the library catalog, you may be brought to a screen that looks like this:

In the left side of the window, you will see several links. Normally, you'll click on Read Online

You'll get to a page that looks like this:

Towards the bottom of the left side, you will see the table of contents. 

Clicking on a chapter title in the Table of Contents will cause the first page of that chapter to be displayed in the right side of the window.

Clicking on the Forward and Back arrows at the top left will let you page through the text.

Next to the Forward and Back arrows is box that says "Page [] of []".

Clicking on that box will change the text to "Go to page"  and typing in a specific page number, then pressing Enter  will let you skip to that page.


You can search within the text using the box on the left side below the book title that says Search within book.  Chapters that contain your keyword will show a colored bar next to them.

Printing from Ebooks on Ebrary

Each book has a set limit of pages that can be printed; these vary between books. You'll see that limit on the first screen that comes up.

To print pages or a chapter from an Ebrary book, you'll really be 'saving to PDF' and then printing the PDF document. 

Click on  the Print To PDF icon on the whte bar (below the blue Proquest bar):

A window will come up allowing you to print either the current page, a range of pages, or the current chapter.

Choose which segment to print and input the page numbers if necessary, then click Continue.  (You can also choose what citations style to put the citation for the book in.)

It make take a minute or so, but once the PDF has been generated and downloaded, a window will come up with a button that says Open PDF

Clicking on the Open PDF button will let you save the file to your computer.

Then open the file in your PDF reader or in the browser, and you can then use the regular print browser functions to print it.


Downloading and Bookmarking Books on Ebrary

Setting up your ebrary account

In order to download or take notes on an Ebrary book, you'll have to 'check it out' through an account you create on ebrary.

Creating your account is free and easy.

Click on Sign In in the upper right corner of the screen:

In the window that comes up,

Click on Create an Account:

In the window that comes up, click on Create Account 


Then you'll need to fill out the form below (You need to use your Drew email address and a password different from your Drew password for this.):

Once you've created your account, you'll be able to sign in. (If you forget your password, click the Forgot username or  password? link.)

You can tell you've signed in, because it will say Signed in in the upper right corner:


In order to print pages from an ebrary book, you'll need to download them first, once you're logged in to ebrary.

You can download material from an ebrary book in two formats: PDF or "Adobe Digital Editions."

  • PDF is best for printing and can be read on almost any device, but you will be able to download no more than a segment of the book (this varies by book). See Printing above for instructions.
  • Adobe Digital Editions requires installing the Adobe Digital Editions reader on the computer/device you will be using (see ), but lets you download and use the entire book (it becomes unreadable after 14 days) and has a very nice interface.

To download from the book, click on the Full Download  
button near the top of the screen. A pop-up window should appear, with three steps:

  1. Select your device type
  2. Install the  Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire reader*
    1. Set up an Adobe ID and authorize your device 
  3. Download your document.

Once you've installed the Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire reader on your device, you will be able to skip step 2 when you download.

Note: Bluefire and Adobe Digital Editions are not the same as the Adobe Reader. Adobe Reader software is just for reading PDFs.

Adobe Digital Editions

If necessary, install Adobe Digital Editions from

Then, select "Download the Entire document for X days in Adobe Digital Editions format". (The browser will tell you if you don't have Adobe Digital Editions).

Some portions of Ebrary books can be printed from within the Digital Editions format: to find out how much of a given book you can print, open it in Digital Editions, and from the Reading drop-down on the top left, pull down to "Item Info" which will tell you how many pages you may print.

Remember: If you just want to browse/read the book from a computer or device that has online access, you don't need to download it at all- just page through it on ebrary. You can save it to your 'bookshelf' to refer to later, also.


To keep track of books you'd like to refer to repeatedly, you can put them into your bookshelf.

Be sure to sign in to Ebrary (above). When you are viewing a book it can be added to your bookshelf by using the Save to Bookshelf button  which appears in various places on the screen, including in the white strip at the top of the ebrary page.

You can view books from your bookshelf by clicking the Bookshelf tab in the top right of the Ebrary screen:

To select a book from your bookshelf, click on its title or cover.

To remove a book from your bookshelf, click on the Trashcan icon next to it in your bookshelf and click the OK button in the window that comes up.

Marking/Highlighting/Commenting on a Book

Want to mark a particular quote or portion of a book? Use your cursor to mark the section, then click on the Highlighter button at the top of the page. 


A menu will pop up letting you choose the color to highlight in , as well as letting you copy or annotate. (If this menu doesn't come up, it will highlight in the last color you used. Double-click on the section to bring the menu up.)

You can also annotate by using the annotate icon in the top menu and typing in your note in the box that pops up, then clicking save.

If you just want to bookmark the page, click the bookmark in the upper right corner of the page, or use the bookmark icon in the top bar 

To see your annotations and highlightings

Highlighted sections will be listed under the Annotations tab on the left side of the viewer-- to see them, click on the star icon 

and under the title of the book in your Bookshelf:

Visit your highlights by clicking on them.


You can also highlight and annotate sections of the text. To add your note to a section of the text, select it, then click the down-pointing triangle next to the highlight button 

and select one of the icons from the drop-down list htat shows a little pop-up window (the 4th, 5th and 6th items on the list).

The text will be highlighted and a pop-up window will appear for you to type in:

Type your note and click OK.

(Choosing from the drop-down triangle also allows you to highlight in different colors if you desire.)

Single User Books

A small percentage of the books in Ebrary can be only used by one person at a time. You'll recognize that you're using one because you'll see a
"Release this Title" button among the tools at the top of the book's page:

In order to be kind to others, please click on "Release this Title" when you're done using it.

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