How to find and download KU's ebooks: Download, Print, & Link e-book content

This guide highlights e-book resources available through the KU Libraries and provides tips on how to search for e-books.

What's New

Platform Change: Ebook Library (EBL) and ebrary (inluding ebrary Acdemic Complete) have merged to a new combined ebook platform: ProQuest Ebook Central. Users' EBL bookshelves have migrated automatically.  Ebrary bookshelves must be migrated manually when you visit the platform and go to Bookshelf for the first time.

General Info

Many e-book platforms allow you to read the ebook full text online in your browser without having to create a separate individual password or install other software applications. 



However, to print, use personalized editing features, or to chose download as a pdf or epub copy, you will be required to set up additional accounts, either with the ebook provider (ProQuest Ebook Central, EBSCO, etc) and with the ebook mobile reader (Adobe Digital Editions, Bluefire, etc), sometimes both.

Follow these steps to allow downloading and printing:

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions (desktops, laptops), or the Bluefire mobile app (tablets, mobile devices)
  2. Open on a web browser
  3. Search and select the ebook or ebook collection you want to view.
  4. Create a individual account and login to the ebook platform.
  5. Download the ebook.
  6. When prompted by Adobe or Bluefire to login, you can either:
    •  Create an account and login.  This will allow you to view your downloaded ebooks from any device.
    • Click "I want to authorize my computer without an ID" . This will only allow you to see it from the computer you are on at the time.


  Ebook Central-ProQuest CREDO eBOOKS EBSCO eBook Collection (Formerly netLibrary)
#users Varies, look for AVAILABILITY information on the landing page Unlimited or Single** Varies, but most are single users (shared across KU Regents Libraries)
Print/download copy limits

Varies by publisher and whether use as guest or signed in. But generally 30% of the book per browser session.* 

SUGGESTION: Sometimes a chapter may be broken up in sections that are larger than one chapter and can give you an error, then select “Pages from” option via the Page range instead of 'Current Chapter' via the Page range

Varies with different user options; For simultaneous access, cannot be downloaded for off line use; can generate PDFs on an entry level and download, print, or share them

Varies by publisher, but generally up to 60 pages of an eBook can be saved for printing or emailing per user as a PDF file from within the eBook Full Text viewer or by downloading to Adobe Digital Editions.
Adobe Digital Editions for enhanced viewing access (print/copy/download limits still apply).

Download information Adobe Digital Editions for enhanced viewing access (print/copy/download limits still apply).    
More info

* Ebook Central limits refresh every 24-hours.

** CREDO For single user, the second user to access the book within a fifteen minute period of the first user's session would see an access denied message instead of the entry (click the link "Single User Lock Screen" below for a screenshot)

single user lock screen.jpg

Reaad Aloud and Text to Speech

Most e-book platforms are designed to work with assistive technologies within the browser on Mac and Windows. You must separately install/enable these applications. Installation instructions can be found on the respective web sites (JAWSNVDA, or Window-Eyes on Windows andVoiceOver on Mac). These technolgoies are also compatible with Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 and above versions.



Linking E-books and Chapters in Blackboard

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