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EBSCO eBooks by Chrissy Karafit

Did you know that the UCA Library has eBooks?  The EBSCO eBooks package comprises the bulk of our digital book collection, providing access to over 100,000 titles.  Subject areas are wide and diverse, including American history, literature, computer science, medicine/health, psychology, gender studies, business, media studies, linguistics, music, environmental studies, travel guides, testing guides, and much more.

EBSCO eBooks can be accessed off campus with your library PIN.  EBSCO eBooks are available to read online, and many can be downloaded to your computer, an e-reader or mobile device.  Unfortunately, EBSCO eBooks cannot be transferred to Kindle devices at this time.  Most eBooks in the EBSCO collection have unlimited check-outs, meaning multiple customers can check out the same eBook at the same time. 

Instructions explaining how to download eBooks to a mobile device are available here.  In order to download eBooks and use them offline, the following accounts and programs need to be set up:

My EBSCOhost: Customers must set up a personal EBSCOhost account to check out and download eBook titles. Checked-out titles are stored in this account, allowing access to those titles from other computers or mobile devices.

Adobe Digital Editions: This software is used to download digital content, which can be read both online and offline. Also it allows for the transfer of eBooks from your personal computer to other devices. The Adobe Digital Editions account must be authorized to transfer eBooks to your mobile device or e-reader. To authorize the account you must register with Adobe Digital Editions, creating a username and password.

Bluefire Reading App: To transfer an EBSCO eBook to an iOS or Android based mobile device a reader app is needed, and we suggest Bluefire Reader. It is a free app and works with both iOS and Android devices. Authorizing Bluefire with your Adobe ID and password allows for the seamless transferring of eBooks.

While the EBSCO eBooks collection is a subscription package, we can purchase individual titles that also can be accessed through the EBSCO eBook platform.  If you would like the library to purchase a specific eBook, please contact Collection Development Librarian Renee LeBeau-Ford.