To reset your password (if you’ve forgotten your password, you’ll need to reset it)

1. Go to your ebrary site

  • Don’t know the URL for your ebrary site? Check your library’s website.

2. Click the “Sign In” link at the top right

  • If a window appears stating “You will be redirected to your institution’s Sign In page”, then your site uses a custom login – contact your librarian!

3. Otherwise, click the “Forgot username or password?” link in the lower center.

4. Follow the prompts:

  • Enter the email address associated with your account:
  • Click to select the “Reset my password” bullet
  • Click “Send Email” button

5. Check your email, copy the password reset code you have been sent

6. Go back to the ebrary window, paste the password reset code, click “Continue

  • If you had accidentally closed the window that was waiting for you to enter the reset code, that’s okay – just do steps 1 – 4 again.  You can use the code you already got (as long as its within 48 hours of when you got it).

7. Enter your new password, and enter it again to confirm, then click the “Set Password” button

  • Special character restrictions for your password
    • Minimum 8 characters
    • Alpha-numeric okay:  A-Z,  a-z,  0-9
    • Also okay:  ~  @  #  ^  $  &  *  (  )  –  _  +  =  {  }  |  ,  .  ?  [  ]
    • Don’t use:  spaces or other special characters

8. Your password will now have been reset, click “Continue

9. You will be all signed in and set to go.

10. To double-check that your username is what you think it is, check it under the “My Settings” link at the top right.


Training options

Live sessions and recorded trainings

  • Librarians, end-users, faculty, staff, or anyone interested in learning more about ebrary products are welcome to attend or view any of the trainings
  • To find training options for ebrary:

Request Training

If you wish to request a specific session for your group, please contact our dedicated training team at


Setting up alerts when new ebrary titles match your criteria

Want to be alerted if new titles on your ebrary site match certain criteria? Or if a particular title is offered for purchase in the future? Simply follow the steps below to create the corresponding search.

To create a saved search:

1. Go to your ebrary site and sign in to your personal ebrary account

a. Saved searches follow your login, regardless of the ebrary site you’re on!

2. Create and run a search as follows:

a. Click on “Advanced” next to the Simple Search window

b. Set up your desired search criteria

To search for titles in a subscription collection you don’t have, see the Advanced Search Instructions below

Admins, to search for new purchasable content, add a search line and set “Collection” to “All Purchasable”

This will search ebrary titles available for purchase

Results returned will point to preview-only copies

Must be signed in as admin to see “All Purchasable” collection

c. Click “Search” (you need to do this for the search to be save-able)

3. Find and save your search as follows:

a. Under the Search tab, then under the SEARCHES tab, look for the search you just ran and click “Save” for that search

b. This will bring up a new window in which you can set search name, email address, search frequency (setting frequency to 0 turns off alerts)

c. Click “Create”

To modify your saved search criteria or search frequency:

1. Go to your ebrary site and sign in to your personal ebrary account

2. Under the Search tab, then under the SEARCHES tab, look for your saved search

3. Click on “Edit” for that search

4. Here you can change search name, email address, search frequency (setting frequency to 0 turns off alerts!!)

a. If you make changes here, click “Update” (takes you back to SEARCHES tab)

5. Or, to change the search criteria, click on “Edit Search Criteria”

a. Make any desired changes to your search criteria

b. Click “Search” (you need to do this for the search to be save-able)

c. Click “Update Search”

Advanced Search Instructions

You can search for titles in a subscription collection you don’t have; results returned will point to preview-only copies.

1. Go to the alltitles preview site at

2. Do an advanced search and include the collection to search (for example Academic Complete) and the criteria (for example Title includes opera)

3. Once you run that search, the URL at the top will include the search criteria. Select and copy the end part of the URL starting with “/search” – that is, starting right after the “/alltitles” part and all the way to the end of the URL.

For the example above, the URL will be (ignore line breaks shown):

Copy this part (ignore line breaks shown):


4. In a separate tab or window, go to your ebrary site

5. Sign in to your personal ebrary account (you’ll need to do this)

6. Edit the URL at the top by pasting in the copied search string right after your ebrary site name, and press return

7. If you’ve copied and pasted the right section of the URL, you’ll be searching the preview-only collection from your site

What is a “personal ebrary account” and a “Bookshelf”?

Many features do not require you to sign in to your personal ebrary account:

  • Search for books
  • Read books
  • Search for text within a book
  • Copy a selection from a book
  • Print pages from a book
  • Page-range or chapter download

Certain features, do require you to sign in to your personal ebrary account:

  • Full download
  • Add a note in a book (or see your previously made notes)
  • Highlight selections in a book (or see your previous highlights)
  • Bookshelf features:
    • Save links to ebrary books to your Bookshelf
    • Create folders in your Bookshelf to organize your links to books
    • Share or email folders in your bookshelf containing links to books

Once you have a personal ebrary account, you have a personal ebrary Bookshelf.

Note, preferences info (e.g., language preference) are stored as “cookies” on the computer itself – so they follow the computer, not your personal ebrary account.  But your Bookshelf and things specific to your username (e.g., password, name, and email address) follow your personal ebrary account login.



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.