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Using eBooks

How to Download

How you access an eBook will depend on the vendor of the book. The following five vendors are the most comprehensive at UMD.

E-Book Vendors

How many people can view an eBook at the same time? What software do I need to read an eBook on my computer or device? Can I print a section of an eBook?

This table provides information about five of our largest eBook collections. For additional support, click on a vendor name to be redirected to the vendor's support page. If you have specific questions about your device or about software you may need, please see the Devices and Software section of this page. 


Download to PC/Device

Software Requirement

Formats Available

Copying/Printing Allowed

Number of Simultaneous Users

Checkout Period

Allow Course Reserves Allow Link
ASCE Standards

No

eBooks must be read in web browser

None PDF

Yes

Whole book

Unlimited N/A

Yes

Chapters only

Yes
Ebook Central (USMAI 1)

Yes

Becomes unavailable after checkout period expires

Adobe Digital Editions

or

Bluefire Reader

PDF

ePub

Yes

Varies by publisher

Unlimited users but limited loans (14/year) 7 days

Yes

Only one chapter

Yes
Ebook Central (USMAI 2 - Taylor & Francis)

Yes

Becomes unavailable after checkout period expires

Adobe Digital Editions

or

Bluefire Reader

PDF

ePub

Yes

Varies by publisher

Unlimited users but limited loans (800/year) 7 days

Yes

Only one chapter

Yes
Ebook Central (USMAI 2 - Wiley)

Yes

Becomes unavailable after checkout period expires

Adobe Digital Editions

or

Bluefire Reader

PDF

ePub

Yes

Varies by publisher

Unlimited users but limited loans (1300/year) 7 days

Yes

Only one chapter

Yes
Ebook Central (UMD)

Yes

Becomes unavailable after checkout period expires

Adobe Digital Editions

or

Bluefire Reader

PDF

ePub

Yes

Varies by publisher

Varies

Varies

(1-7 days)

Yes

Only one chapter

Yes
EBSCO

Yes

Becomes unavailable after checkout period expires

Adobe Digital Editions

or

Bluefire Reader

PDF

ePub

Yes

Varies by publisher

Varies

Varies 

(1-4 hours)

Yes Yes
IEEE
(Xplore Digital Library)

No

eBooks must be read in web browser

None PDF

Yes

Chapter by chapter

Unlimited N/A

Yes

Up to 25 per course, per semester

Yes
IOPScience Extra

No

eBooks must be read in web browser

None PDF

Yes

Whole book and/or chapter by chapter

Unlimited N/A

Yes

Following Fair Use guidelines

Yes
JSTOR

No

eBooks must be read in web browser

None PDF

Yes

Chapter by chapter

1 N/A No Yes
Oxford

No

 eBooks must be read in web browser

None PDF

Yes

Chapter by chapter

Yes N/A

Yes

Following Fair Use guidelines

Yes
ProjectMuse

No

eBooks must be read in web browser

None PDF

Yes

Chapter by chapter

Unlimited N/A Yes Yes
Safari

No

eBooks must be read in web browser

None

PDF

ePub

Yes

3 N/A

Yes

Following Fair Use guidelines

Yes
ScienceDirect (Elsevier)

No

eBooks must be read in web browser

None PDF

Yes

Chapter by chapter

Unlimited N/A Yes Yes
Springer

Yes

Adobe Acrobat Reader

PDF

Yes

Chapter by chapter

Unlimited N/A Yes Yes
Taylor & Francis Yes None PDF

Yes

30 pages/user/session

Varies N/A

Yes

Link only

Yes

 

Note: In some cases, even when you are on campus, you will have to log in with your University ID and password to access eBooks.

Access Options for E-book Titles

Various e-book access option user limits often have the same meaning:

User Limit

Definition

1 User One user at a time
3 User Three users at a time
Each Unlimited number of users
Concurrent Access Approx. 365 loans per year; unlimited simultaneous users
Multiple User Unlimited number of users
Non-Linear Lending™ 325 loans per year; unlimited simultaneous users
Single User One user at a time
Unlimited Unlimited number of users

Need Help?

If you have e-book questions or require assistance, please view common FAQs on the e-book LibAnswers page or contact our acquisitions department at libacqhelp@umd.edu.