To access eBooks at Duke, search the library catalog for eBooks or search a particular eBook collection. Duke has four main academic eBook collections:
- ebrary (Ebook Library)
- EBL (Electronic Book Library)
- University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)
To read or download an eBook in the EBSCO and ebrary collections, an account is required. In the upper right of the collection's front page, you can follow the "account" or "sign in" link create an account.
Three of the four eBook collections manage check outs and downloads using Adobe Digital Editions or ADE. (UPSO is the exception, with content available as .pdf files.) Not every eBook is available to more than one person at a time. ADE manages check outs - similar to a print book which, when checked out, is not available for use by another patron.
Apps such as iBook, Bluefire and Adobe Reader allow transfer from ADE to mobile devices, though this varies by collection.
More in depth information about print limits, transferring to mobile devices, online reading and special features is available on this comprehensive eBook guide.
Note: It is always best to checkout, download and transfer ebooks on your office or personal computer, tablet or other mobile device.