ebrary’s “new reader” for online viewing

ebrary is rolling out our new reader in waves through early 2015 – so your ebrary site might or might not have it yet.  How can you tell?  If you see a QuickView tab on the menu bar at the top, your ebrary site does not have the new reader.

ebrary’s new reader:

  • Was built entirely with user input – Researchers worked with us to perfect the Reader and the user experience.
  • Uses modern web technology – We designed it to meet the expectations of our next generation library patrons – simple, intuitive and streamlined.

The new Detail Page for each book gives clear and concise information on:

  • Whether the book is available for online reading and download
  • Whether there is only one or multiple copies available for use
  • The length of time the book can be downloaded
  • The maximum number of pages that can be copied and printed

There is also a special version of the Detail Page for ebrary administrators to see whether you currently hold the book and under what license model, and what other purchase options are available to you.


ebrary search is now accent insensitive

This greatly improves the ease and comprehensiveness of searching in ebrary.

It means you no longer have to enter accent marks or other diacritics to find, for example, titles or authors with accented words or names.


  • Searching for Author = Cecile de Cat
    • Returns books whose metadata list the author as either:
      • Cecile de Cat
      • Cécile de Cat
  • Searching for Title = Español
    • Returns titles whose metadata list the title as, for example:
      • Camino al Espanol : A Comprehensive Course in Spanish
      • Dictionary of Mathematics (English – Spanish || Spanish-English) : Diccionario de Matemáticas (Español – Inglés || Inglés – Español)

New Reader: Books open to their ebrary Detail Page

When you open a book, you’re taken to its ebrary Detail Page (unless you’re opening it from your bookshelf).

To begin reading the book, click the “Read Online” button, or on the desired chapter link in the live Table of Contents

Once you are reading the book, you can return to the Detail Page by clicking the blue “More…” link in the panel to the left.

In addition to bibliographic information, you’ll see:

  • # of selections you can copy
  • # of pages you can print
  • Whether it can be downloaded as a temporary ebook, and for how long


Patrons, here’s what the Detail Page looks like for you:


Admins, if you’re signed in with your admin-enabled username, your view includes holdings and purchase information:



Developer note:  In user testing we found that being taken to the Detail Page helps orient the user to the book and what’s available, before dropping into the Reader mode.  We explicitly user tested whether a patron would feel that it is redundant with the information on the book in the discovery layer, and found that they did not. The main reason for this is that the Detail Page has a nicely laid out Table of Contents that is also expandable right within the Detail Page; this is not provided by the discovery layer, and something the patron often uses to judge whether they will go deeper with the title.


New Reader: Supported operating system and browser versions

ebrary’s new reader requires fairly recent versions of popular operating systems and browsers.

Operating systems:

  • Windows:  7, 8, 8.1
  • OS X:  10.8 (Mountain Lion)


  • Chrome:  latest version
  • FireFox:  latest two versions
  • Safari:  latest two versions
  • Internet Explorer:  versions 9, 10 and 11 only
    • Make sure compatibility mode is turned off for IE9.

IE8 is not supported with the new reader as its underlying architecture is limiting when it comes to applying modern UX web designs and coding techniques.

  • If your institution feels strongly about using IE8 temporarily, your ebrary site can remain on QuickView temporarily, instead of moving to the new reader.

Note, the versions we support parallel the frequency with which the browsers auto-update.

New Reader: Printing, and Print to PDF

Click on “Print to PDF”   to save a chapter or page-range of an ebrary book as a PDF file.  You can then read that file anytime.

If you’re just trying to print, use “Print to PDF”, then open the PDF and print it.









Developer note:  We’ve found is that students today print very little—the digital natives are very comfortable having documents online and are concerned with saving trees! Given this, our focus shifted to Print to PDF, knowing there is always the option, once the PDF is created, to send it to a printer.