QuickView: To create a persistent URL to a particular page or chapter

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 persistent URL to a particular page or chapter:

  • Use the URL that points to the book
  • Add the page number part manually at the end of the URL in the format: &ppg=xx
  • To point to a particular chapter, use the first page number of the chapter
  • Take care to use the “consecutive” page number used for ebook access versus the page number on the printed page

Here are the steps in more detail:

  • Access your ebrary site using a browser
  • Click on the book’s title or cover to open it
  • The URL at the top is a persistent URL or bookmark to the document, but that URL does not specify the page you’re on
  • To specify a particular page within that document, modify the URL to include the page number:
    • Click at the end of the URL and add the following text: &ppg=xx (where xx is the page you are on)
    • Press the enter key
    • The screen will refresh, but it should leave you on the same page
    • Copy that full URL at the top for a persistent URL to the page
  • Two ways to determine the ebook page number of a particular page:
    • When viewing the book, the number in the box at the top right is the printed page number; the first number in parentheses is the ebook page number – that’s the one to use
    • Or, start the process of printing the page you’re on and it will tell you the ebook page number
  • Test by pasting the modified URL in your browser, and making sure it takes you to the page you want

When you open a book from a list of search results, it opens to the first page containing the search term

When you search for one or more terms to find a book on your ebrary site, and then open a book from the returned search-results list, the book you open will open to the first page that one of the search terms is found on.

You might not notice this behavior usually because one of the search terms is often on the first few pages of the book.  But sometimes the search term isn’t found until deep into the book, so it may seem odd.

Try this:

– Go to the following open access site:


– Do a simple search for dog

– Open the second book (Stop Bullying Now: Youth Leaders’ Toolkit)

– You’ll find it opens up to page 9; the first page ‘dog’ is found on

If you use the following URL, you’re just saying ‘open this document’, so it defaults to opening to the first page:


BUT… if you use the following URL, you’re saying ‘open this document and search for the term dog’


and the term dog doesn’t show up until page 9, so that’s the page it opens to.

(Note this doesn’t work on preview-only sites since content pages are restricted)

Using OR, NOT, AND to do a boolean search

Searching between search lines is an implied AND.  Within a search field, use the search operators: OR, NOT, and AND

Examples, searching the “Title” field for:

Italy OR Rome

All titles containing either the word Italy or the word Rome

Italy NOT Rome

All titles containing the word Italy, but not the word Rome

Italy AND Rome

All titles containing both the word Italy and the word Rome

Italy AND “in Rome”

All titles containing the word Italy and the phrase “in Rome”

Italy AND (Venice OR Florence)

All titles containing the word Italy and also either the word Venice or Florence

(Italy AND Venice) OR Florence

All titles containing either Florence or both Italy and Venice

One powerful way to use boolean search is in searching the “Subject” field.  For example you can use it to exclude certain Subjects.

Subject is:  music AND school


Subject is: (music AND schools) NOT “juvenile fiction”

The second search line above will exclude all juvenile fiction.


You must use regular quotation marks – smart/special quotation marks are ignored.

To use multiple search operators, use parentheses to designate order.

Unlike with proximity search, you can use quotes with boolean search.

Admins: To assign or remove a Fund Code from a PDA profile

To assign a Fund Code to a PDA profile:

  • Go to the “PROFILE” tab under the “Admin” tab
  • Click “Edit Profile
  • Select the appropriate Fund Code
  • Click “Update

To remove a Fund Code from a PDA profile:

  • Go to the “PROFILE” tab under the “Admin” tab
  • Click “Edit Profile
  • Select the blank entry under the list of Fund Codes
  • Click “Update


OVERVIEW of download options (start here!)

On most ebrary sites, ebrary now offers the following two download options for offline access to ebrary content via computer:

  • Create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range
    Learn more:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=655 

    • Same page limits as for printing
    • Accessible on most computers and devices, including the Kindle
    • Additional (free) software is typically not needed
    • Files do not expire
    • We’ve recently improved the image quality of our image PDFs. The tradeoff is that we needed to add a watermark.  This is consistent with the approach used by other ebook providers when an unsecured PDF is provided
  • Download an entire book as a temporary ebook
    Learn more:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=687 

    • Accessible on most computers and devices, but not the Kindle or Kobo Vox
    • Up to 10 documents at a time per patron
    • By default, full-document downloading is only available for multi-user documents (not single-user-only documents), but admins can override this setting
    • Multi-user documents can be full-document downloaded for 14 days*
    • If allowed, single-user-only documents can be full-document downloaded for 7 days*
    • Loaned documents cannot be full-document downloaded (even if your site allows it for single-user titles)
    • Some publishers prohibit full-document downloading of their documents.  See here for a list.

* These download periods are currently not configurable.  Users can return documents early.

Note:  Both types of downloading are triggers for Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA). Loaned documents cannot be full-document downloaded.

Check out more of our Knowledge Base articles under the “Download” category.