To free up access to a single-user book you’re reading

For single-user titles, in most cases once you click the “Read Online” button, you’ve taken the access-seat for that copy of the book. (For sites that have Turnaway Prevention in place, you might only have preview access to the book – you’ll know you only have preview access if you try to page through more than 2 pages of the book’s content and are then stopped.)

To give up your access-seat for that copy of the book, you can do any of the following:

  • Go back to the Detail Page for the book
    • Click the blue “More…” link in the panel to the left
  • Click “Home”, “Search”, or “Bookshelf” in the ebrary navigation bar
  • Close the ebrary window (i.e., close the tab or close the browser)
  • Shut down your computer

Additionally, if you are using the only (or last) single-user copy of a book, and you are idle for 15 minutes (i.e., no page flips, copies, prints, etc.), and another user tries to access the book, access will be taken from you and given to the other user.

Links to documents on ebrary sites are persistent: title-level and page-level URLs do not change

ebrary links (i.e., URLs) are persistent (i.e., standalone, durable).  This means that a link to an ebrary document will always point to the same ebrary document.

If you are connected to an ebrary site via a browser, and you open an ebrary document by clicking on its title or cover, the URL you see at the top is the persistent URL to that document.

To create a URL that takes you to a specific page in the document, see:

If your ebrary site uses a remote access option such as Athens, Shibboleth, RPA, or EZproxy Single-Sign-On (SSO), then that same URL can be used from off campus, and once you successfully sign in via the remote access authentication screen, you will be taken directly to that document.

The one set of ebrary URLs that are not persistent are those generated by the “All Subjects” link.

  • The links for the subjects under the “browse” tree are dynamically generated. The subject tree is re-generated daily to reflect added or changed content. Therefore, the links are not designed to be used for permanent reference.
  • If you wish to create a persistent subject link, use the advanced search feature, where you can narrow your search by using Dewey or LC numbers.

What you might encounter when you try to open a link to an ebrary title

When using a URL to open a particular ebrary book, you might encounter:

  • A preview mode alert after paging through a few content pages
  • A “Document Unavailable” error
    • This means the book is no longer available on your ebrary site
    • Admins: there should be a “Deleted MARCs” link on your ebrary MARC records page that includes a Deleted MARC for this title
  • A screen asking you to clarify which ebrary site you are trying to access

ebrary cannot include audio disks or DVDs that come with print versions of the book

Unfortunately, physical add-ons included with the print version of a book (media, disks, cd-roms, DVDs) are not available with eBook versions and so are not available on ebrary.

ebrary works on devices such as smart phones and tablets

ebrary books can be read online on nearly any device that runs a browser – this includes smart phones, tablets, etc.

You can also use Bluefire on your devices to read books you’ve full-document downloaded to the device – and this reading can be done offline, without internet access.