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UMC subscribed eBook collections

The UMC Library subscribes to large eBook collections eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) (80,000 titles) and ebrary Academic Complete (74,000 titles).  These subscribed collections can be read online using a web browser and can also be download for off line reading.

UMC students, staff and faculty also have access to many eBooks through shared subscriptions with the other University of Minnesota libraries. These include eBooks from major publishers, Wiley Online Library, Science Direct , Brill E-Books among others. These eBooks are generally collections of essays or papers on a topic with each essay being a seperate pdf formatted document.  These documents can be read online using a reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader or saved to your computer for later reading.

Reading eBooks online

You can read eBooks online using a standard web browser on your computer or a mobile device's browser.  On the larger screens this works well.  These eBooks have many features that enhance the reading experience.  Many of our Books from our collections are in the Crookston Catalog Plus Internet Resources and can also be found in theon the UMC Library Database page eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) and ebrary Academic Complete

It is also possible to download eBooks for offline reading.  Because of the restrictions of copyright and licencing there are some authorization requirements that must be done (just once) before you are able download to use books offline from our two largest eBook collections eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): and ebrary Academic Complete.

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Downloading eBooks for offline use - Authorizing

You can download eBooks for offline use in two of our largest eBook collections eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): and ebrary Academic Complete. Both vendors require that you install Adobe Digital Editions to view and store the books offline.

To install Digital Editions follow the instructions on the Adobe Digital Editions website.

Authorizing Adobe Digital Editions After installation of Digital Editions, the Setup Assistant wizard prompts you to activate Adobe Digital Editions (you must be online during this process). During activation, you have the option to authorize your computer with an Adobe ID. If you don't have an Adobe ID, creating one is free and only takes a minute. The Adobe ID enables you to check out ebooks protected by digital rights management (DRM)

Getting an Adobe ID
Create an Adobe ID
fill in the form with your information to get your Adobe ID.

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Downloading eBooks to your computer

Both eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): and ebrary Academic Complete require an user account and to have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer..

To create an EBSCO account

-- While on the campus network go to eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) and click the "Sign in" link on the upper right of a record. On the "Sign In to My EBSCOhos"t page, click the "Create a new Account" link.
Fill in the information requested.

To create an ebrary account

-- ebrary Academic Complete requires that you login on their site using your UMC internet username and password. Your account is created when you login.

Download an eBook title directly to your computer

From UMC Library homepage and select UMC Library Database page and scroll down and choose either ebrary Academic Complete or eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): Search and find a book you want to check out. While viewing the book online select the Download option. The download option will bring up the "Open With" dialog and Adobe Digital Editions will appear as the default option. It may take a few minutes to download the entire book.

Checkout period is usually 7 or 14 days which is generally set by the book publisher.

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Download eBooks to your IOS or Android device

For online use using your tablet btrowser is safisfactory. 

For offline use you can download an eBook title to your Apple iOS and Android devices directly from your mobile device's web browser. Both ebrary Academic Complete and eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): permit the download of the entire book for a limited time into to Apple iOS and Android readers.

Bluefire Reader is one application available for Apple iOS and Android devices. This application must be authorized on you device using the Adobe ID. When you have found a eBook in one of the collections select the Download option and the "Open In" dialog box will default to Bluefile Reader as one option.

ebrary Academic Complete has an option to the download a range of pages or an entire chapter as a standard .pdf file. These pdf files can be read in many mobile apps. You should be able to save and read the pdf file to a Nook, a Kindle Fire and an iPad, iPhone or other IOS devices

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ebrary IOS (iPhone, iPad) app

ebrary has an app for accessing and using ebrary resources which can be found in the App Store. 
Because UMC Library has a customized sign in process for ebrary, you will be only able to signin to ebrary’s Mobile App by using the Facebook login feature.

To set up your Facebook login link for ebrary:
Sign in to your ebrary account as usual. Once signed in, click the “My Settings” link at the top-right of the ebrary screen. Under “Link your account to Facebook”, click “Log In” If you have a Facebook account, enter your Facebook username and password and click “Log In”

If you don’t have a Facebook account, click “Sign up for Facebook” at the lower left. Once you’ve successfully logged in to your Facebook account, you’ll be set to use ebrary’s Mobile App

The first time you log in to the ebrary app you will be required to authorize the app using your Acobe ID

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Kindles use Amazon's proprietary DRM, which does not work with ebrary's DRM or Adobe Digital Editions so you will not be able to download the entire book to your Kindle.  EbraryYou will need to create a PDF (of either a chapter or section--up to 60 pages) and transfer to your Kindle.

On your computer, go to ebrary, find the book you are interested in, and click the Download button. (You will be prompted to sign in if you haven't already.)

Choose your desired output under "Standard image-PDF format. One chapter (or page range) at a time."

  • Click OK and save the file.  Make sure the file extension is .pdf

To transfer the document to your Kindle via USB:


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