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Special Access Instructions: Ebrary e-books

A guide providing special instructions for accessing e-books and specific journals.

Downloading Ebrary documents

Ebrary has multiple ways to access their content in terms of downloading books for use, using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Most methods involve using more than one device.

One thing to keep in mind is that no matter how you want to view your e-book, whether on a smartphone or a computer, you will likely need to install or use your Adobe Digital Editions account, if you already have one.

*This tutorial focuses on mac and apple products. For more detail about downloading to android devices or a PC, go to the following link:

Downloading onto Computer

Your options for downloading e-books from Ebrary onto a computer are as follows:

  1. Create an image PDF of specific page or chapter range
  2. Download entire e-book

Create an image PDF of chapter or page range:

  1. Go to ebrary website through the dickinson library webpage. You may also find ebrary ebooks in the library catalog.
  2. Search for your particular ebook. Click on "Download" below the list of subjects.
  3. The default option is "Print pages to PDF". Click "OK". You will be redirected to the online ebook.
  4. Click on the "Print" icon.                                                           
  5. A dialog box will appear. Three options will be available: Current page, Pages from "(___) to (___)", and Current Chapter. You also have the option to choose the citation style. Once you are done making your choices, click "Continue".
  6. Click on "Open PDF". A download dialog box will pop up. 

   Download entire e-book

  Follow steps 1 and 2 from above.

  1. Go to ebrary website.
  2. Search for your particular ebook. Click on your ebook's title.
  3. You will be redirected to a page that includes a myriad of information about your ebook. Click on "Download" below your ebook's cover photo to begin the download process.
  4. A list of different devices to which you can download the ebook will be shown. Pick the device of your choice.                                                                       
  5. For laptops and desktops, the second step is to download "Adobe Digital Editions". If you don't already have it installed, click here to download the software. Once you are done installing, click on "Done with this step". NOTE: There is a separate guide for downloading ebooks to mobile devices below.
  6. Click on "Download Your Book". To read your ebook, just double-click on the file and login with your Adobe ID.

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Transferring from Computer to Smartphone

This method works best using a mac computer and iOS device, such as the iPhone. You still need to have an Adobe Digital Editions account for it to run smoothly. Once you have downloaded an e-book to your computer (mac), you can transfer the e-book to your smartphone.

Transferring e-book from computer to smartphone:

First, make sure you have downloaded the ebrary app onto your iPhone.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your mac.
  2. Sync your device as usual.
  3. Click on iPhone in the left hand menu.
  4. Click on Apps at the top.
  5. Scroll down to File Sharing.
  6. Click on Ebrary and the Digital Editions folder. Click Add.
  7. Select the e-book file from that folder- make sure to select the PDF file.
  8. Re-sync the device.
  9. Disconnect your iPhone.
  10. Go to your ebrary app- the newly downloaded and transferred book should be in your downloads!

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