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EBSCO eBooks

What are EBSCO eBooks

What are EBSCO ebooks?

EBSCO ebooks are online versions of print books that your library has either purchased with a perpetual license or via an annual subscription. ebooks that are owned will be available to the library in perpetuity, with provisions being made for long term access and preservation. ebooks available via subscription are renewed annually for the library to retain access. EBSCO ebooks are available from all major academic publishers in virtually all academic disciplines.

EBSCO ebooks offer a number of advantages over their print counterparts.  Users can:

  • Download titles to mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, and Android Devices
  • Search within a book for specific words or phrases
  • Save, print, or email chapters or sections
  • Copy and paste portions of text for easy access during the research process
  • Link to books or book chapters for easy reference or social sharing
  • Save a list of favorite books to a personal book shelf
  • Generate or export citations to bibliographic management tools
  • Save notes to a personal folder with an EBSCOhost account
  • Navigate between sections or chapters and the index via linking
  • Place holds on titles with limited simultaneous user licenses (though most titles are available for unlimited access)

If you’re interested in making a purchase of an ebook for the library collection, contact your subject librarian.

Finding the Access License for an eBook

How to Check for an Unlimited Access EBSCO ebook

To check for an EBSCO ebook that includes Unlimited Access, find an ebook of interest and navigate to the Detailed Record.

The Detail Record contains the license information, displaying either Limited Access (1 or 3 copies available) or Unlimited Access.

For limited access titles, you may still save and use PDF chapters in your class. However, if you’d like to link to the title or make the title available for everyone to view online or download at the same time, you’ll want to make sure the title has an Unlimited User Access. (You can contact your librarian to expand the user rights for most titles).

eBooks in the Classroom

ebook Basics: Can I Use Them in the Classroom?

EBSCO ebooks can be used in the classroom or as a part of your course syllabus. Using ebooks available from the library can be cost effective use of student textbook funds, particularly if the book is not something students intend to keep long-term, or if you’re only assigning a chapter or section of the work.

Using EBSCO ebooks provides some advantages over print books in addition to cost-savings. Students can:

  • Search within the titles for words or phrases
  • Save/email/print chapters or sections
  • Automatically generate bibliographic citations or export to bibliographic management tools

To learn more, see: ebook Basics: Using EBSCO ebooks in the Classroom on the EBSCO Support Site.

Linking to EBSCO eBooks

Can I link to EBSCO ebooks or ebook chapters in my syllabus or Blackboard?

Yes, the Permalink feature in the ebook Viewer makes it easy to copy a link to an ebook or chapter and insert it into Blackboard, Moodle, or any other course management system.

To learn how to copy Permalinks in EBSCOhost, see How can I link to ebooks or ebook chapters in my syllabus or on Blackboard? on the EBSCO Support Site.

Save, Print, Email eBook Chapters

Can I print or save EBSCO ebook pages as a PDF?

If enabled by your administrator, up to 100 pages of an EBSCO ebook can be saved or emailed as a PDF file (per user) from within the ebook viewer to be printed at a later time.


  • The number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.
  • The option to save ebook pages may be disabled by your administrator.
  • If you have reached your printing limit, the option to print or save ebook pages will be temporarily unavailable.

To learn how to save, print, or email ebook Chapters, see:

EPUB eBook Format

What is the EPUB format?

EPUB has become the industry standard format for delivering ebooks, because it enables publishers to create books that behave more like web content.

EPUB titles are often embedded with links to help the user navigate between sections, from the index to the relevant pages, and out to the open web.

To learn more about EPUB format and the difference between EPUB and PDF format, see the following FAQs: