An Adobe ID – what it’s needed for and how to get one

You need an Adobe ID to open a downloaded ebook via Adobe Digital Editions (on a computer), Bluefire (on a device), or using any other Adobe DRM compatible reader.

To create an Adobe ID:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Get Adobe ID” and follow the prompts

To use the same copy of a downloaded ebook on multiple computers/devices, the reader (e.g., Adobe Digital Editions, Bluefire, etc.) on each computer/device needs to be authorized with the same Adobe ID.

To deauthorize an Adobe account in Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. Go to the library view in Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Type control-shift-d

To authorize an Adobe account in Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. Go to the library view in Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Under the Help menu, select “Authorize computer…
  3. For “eBook Vendor”, select “Adobe ID
  4. Then enter you personal Adobe ID and password

To authorize/deauthorize an Adobe account in Bluefire:

  1. Click on the “Info” icon at the bottom right
  2. Follow the prompts





Having trouble opening a downloaded .acsm file?

Sometimes .acsm files get associated with the wrong file type.  To get around this, try these steps:

1. Open Adobe Digital Editions

2. Make the Adobe Digital Editions window only part of your screen

3. Find the .acsm file you want to open

4. Drag it onto the open Adobe Digital Editions window

5. Voila!  That should open the .acsm file in Adobe Digital Editions

To return a downloaded ebook

A downloaded ebrary book will expire at the end of the download period and will be rendered unusable at that time.

You don’t need to return downloaded books, but since you can only have ten downloaded ebrary books at a time, you might want to return one early so you can download another.  And returning the download of a limited-user book will make it available to others on your ebrary site.

To return an ebook early:

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire
  2. Right-click the book, select “Return Borrowed Item

Note, returns may take up to an hour to be recognized on your ebrary site.

Full-document download publisher restrictions

The following list of publishers do not allow full-document downloading of their documents on ebrary, EBL, or Ebook Central. We are continually working with publishers to lift such restrictions.

  • Now Publishers
  • ProQuest – specifically Business Dissertations & Theses
  • Oxford University Press – some titles are downloadable, some are not

Downloading using shared library computers

The approach we recommend for shared computer environments is for users to download – but not open – the desired titles on the shared computer, then transfer the un-opened .acsm file to their personal device before opening.

That is, users can do step 1 of the download on the shared computer, which creates a .acsm file.  The user would then either email that .acsm file to their personal device, or copy it to e.g. a thumb drive to transfer it to their personal device.

Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire aren’t needed until the point of opening the .acsm file.  Once a user opens the .acsm file, they need to be signed in to the device with their own Adobe ID.  The user also needs internet access at the point of first opening the .acsm file because it is at that point that the DRM-protected PDF of the book is created.

If users open the .acsm file on the shared computer, there will likely be many problems with Adobe ID confusion.