Admins: How ebrary decides what goes in subscription collections such as Academic Complete

A team of ProQuest librarians, along with a global advisory board of librarians, work to ensure ebrary’s subscription collections provide content quality with real customer value.
Academic Complete, ebrary’s flagship subscription collection, is comprised of academic, scholarly, cross-disciplinary, and professional titles representing a broad range of publishers and topics, and is geared specifically to students enrolled in 4-year colleges and universities.
To build relevant subscription collections, ebrary draws on:
  • Customer and user-focused needs
  • Usage and sales data
  • Competitive analysis
  • Unique content and workflow value
  • Industry analysis of key trends such as graduation rates and emerging subjects per degree program
The goal of ebrary’s subscription collections is to deliver essential foundational knowledge that facilitates academic research workflow and outcomes.



Suggestions or requests to add content to ebrary

If there are titles ebrary does not currently offer that you would like us to offer, please email us at However, please be advised that ebrary cannot guarantee that titles you request will be added. We must first establish a relationship with a publisher and that publisher then needs to grant us special copyright permissions to put the content in an online format. This takes time, and some publishers are not be interested in publishing content online.

Admins: Link to ebrary books from course management software – don’t copy and paste the content itself

We encourage you to paste links to ebrary books in your course management software (e.g., Moodle) instead of sections of actual content.  With links there is no concern about authorized access – links only work if your ebrary site still has access to the book.  To create a link to a particular page of an ebrary book, see:

Pasting the content of an ebrary book in your course management software raises issues of infringement because access of the content cannot be tracked and the content might accidentally end up being available even once you no longer have access to it on your ebrary site.

It is up to library admins to assess whether intended use of content is a “Fair Use” or an infringing use – the same as with print books.  Use your library policies and procedures that have been set up to guard against infringement to address questions.  There have been recent lawsuits against schools that tried to set up central content systems, under circumstances where publishers believed they were being infringed.

Here are the relevant entries from the ebrary Terms and Conditions:

c. Electronic Reserves. Articles or other works contained in a Product may be included in your electronic reserves systems so long as such use employs durable links to the Products so that a “hit” is registered on ProQuest’s on-line platform each time a student views the work on reserve.

d. Fair Use/Fair Dealing.  Nothing in this agreement restricts your use of the materials contained within the Products under the doctrines of “fair use” or “fair dealing” as defined under the laws of the United States or England, respectively.

So… pasting links to ebrary is always okay, pasting the actual content is riskier and you’ll have to make a judgement call whether it would be considered fair use or infringing use.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Technically, the library may use portions of its ebrary ebooks in its customary ILL program under Section 108(g) of the Copyright Act.  However, given the high costs traditionally surrounding administration of ILL programs and the need for libraries to track DRM, we often recommend the borrowing library use an ebrary Short-term Loan as an alternative; this allows libraries to borrow entire ebooks directly from ebrary at a fraction of the cost of buying.  For more info about ebrary’s Short-Term Loan program, see

Admins: Titles purchased from ebrary will be available even if something happens to ebrary

What would happen to titles you’ve purchased from ebrary if ebrary were to stop offering hosting services? Here is an excerpt from ebrary’s “Customer Investment Protection Addendum”:

“If Customer loses the ability to access its Purchased Content online through ProQuest (e.g., if ProQuest discontinues online access services), or if the Purchased Content is otherwise eligible for local loading, Customer may obtain digital copies upon certifying that it will secure and restrict use of the Purchased Content as contemplated under this Agreement, using systems and technology at least as protective as ProQuest’s.”