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Learn how to access and read ebooks through UR Libraries.

How to download ebooks

Download iconMost of the library's ebooks can be downloaded as a PDF without restrictions.  There are some collections with DRM protections that that limit the number of users who can access them simultaneously, restrict how long an ebook can be downloaded, and limit the amount that can be printed. These are listed below:

  • EBSCOhost and ProQuest Ebook Central - These ebooks are purchased title-by-title.  Each ebook has a different license - some can only be accessed by one user at a time, while others are unlimited.  These limitations are listed on the ebook's record within the database, as well as within OneSearch.  In addition, these ebooks can only be "checked out" for a set number of days and are often limited in how much of the ebook can be printed.  These books are not easily downloaded and are best viewed within the platform. 
  • Libby (OverDrive) - These ebooks and audiobooks can only be downloaded to the Libby app or an e-reader for a set period of time.  Many of these ebooks are purchased as recreational reading and not for academic research.
  • O'Reilly - These ebooks can only be viewed online or through the O'Reilly app.  They cannot be downloaded as a PDF or sent to an e-reader.
  • Very Short Introductions - Only 5 users can access this database at one time, and the ebooks cannot be downloaded.
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