Admin: Different terminology for your ebrary site identifier

For your ebrary site, there is only one unique identifier:  your ebrary site identifier. It is the part of the URL to your ebrary site that is unique to your institution.

For example, if your URL is:

Then “hometownschool” is your ebrary site identifier.


Discovery systems may ask for your ebrary site identifier by a different label:

  • OCLC asks for “Channel ID” or “Linking ID” or “Provider ID
  • Summon and 360 Link ask for “Custom ebrary database URL

For all of these, it is your ebrary site identifier they are asking for, e.g. “hometownschool”.  In some cases, Summon and 360 Link want the entire URL, e.g.

Admins: An overview of PDA and Loans

PDA stands for Patron Driven Acquisition.  It is sometimes referred to as DDA – Demand Driven Acquistition


  • The key feature of PDA is being able to provide a broader set of titles for your patrons – without having to purchase all those titles up front.
  • No distinction is made to your patrons about whether or not you’ve already purchased a title – they just know it is a title  available to them.
  • You can restrict the set of titles in your PDA collection as narrowly or broadly as you like – the PDA collection you make available should only contains titles you are happy to have purchased/loaned should they encounter sufficient usage.
  • We provide MARC records for all the titles in your active PDA collections so that you can make those titles discoverable.
  • Untriggered PDA discoverable titles will show as “Limited-user Title” until the title is triggered for loan or purchase, regardless of the purchasing model you’ve chosen (multi-user preferred, or single user).
  • Before your PDA account can be activated, you will need to allocate PDA funds via your sales rep or
  • Your PDA account is set to either purchase only single-user licenses, or to purchase the highest-user license available for each book:
    • If you request single-user-purchases, then every PDA-triggered purchase will be purchased as single-user.
    • If you request highest-user license available, then every PDA-triggered purchase will be purchased as the highest-user license available for that book:
      • if available as multi-user, it will purchase as that;
      • if not, but available as 3user, it will purchase as that;
      • if not, it will purchase as single-user.

Loans refer to short-term loans of ebrary titles.  Loans work much like PDA except that “sufficient usage” of a title causes it to be loaned first, not purchased. Features of Loans:

  • A loaned title is available as a single-user title for the duration of the loan period – the title can be used by different patrons during the loan period, but just one patron at a time.
  • A loaned title cannot be full-document downloaded
  • A loaned title can be copied, printed, and page-range downloaded just like a purchased title.
  • Profiles can be set for 1-day or 1-week loans
    • Loan rates vary by publisher
  • PDA+Loan profiles can be set to loan up to 3 times
  • The cost of the loans are not deducted from purchase price if the title is purchased.
  • If the profile is set up as PDA+Loan, then after the max number of loans have been exhaused, additional sufficient use will cause the title to be purchased.
  • If the profile is set up as just Loan, then after the max number of loans, the title will be removed from future loan consideration.
  • The email address(es) listed in the profile AND in the fund code assigned to the profile (if there is one) will be notified by email on a daily basis of all loans initiated (if there are new loans to report).  The admin can at that point choose whether to:

a. Make no changes regarding a loaned title
b. Purchase a title outright (thereby preempting the cost of future loans)
c. Remove it from the profile’s active collection (thereby making it no longer available for loans or PDA purchase)

  • Loans are not available for Corporate or Government sites due to publisher restrictions

Getting started with ebrary and the new reader

Getting Started:

ebrary is browser-based, make sure yours is up to date >more info

If you are ON CAMPUS, (or have accessed via a proxied link, referring URL, site-access un/pw, or ProQuest Search) you can do the following without signing in to your personal ebrary account:

  • Browse for books
    • To list all books:  Leave search box empty, click “Search”
    • To search for text:  Type word(s) in search box, click “Search”
    • To search in specific fields:  Click “Advanced”, click triangle to select field, enter terms to search for in the field, click “Search”
  • Open a book:  Click on its title or cover (goes to Detail Page)  >more info
  • Read the book online:  Once open, click “Read Online” button
    • For navigation tips, see  >more info
    • If book isn’t available to “Read Online”, see  >more info
  • Jump to sections of the book using the live Table of Contents links
  • Search within the book:  Use  >more info
  • Copy text:  Select the text, then click  “Copy”
  • Print:  Click  “Print to PDF”  >more info
  • Chapter/pages download:  Click   “Chapter Download”  >more info
    • If downloading by chapter is problematic, see  >more info
  • Create a page-specific link to a book:  Click   “Share Link”  >more info
  • Get a citation for a book:  Click “Get Citation”  >more info
  • Access links your library may have added to external web services:
    • Select text, click  “Additional Resources” if in pop-up  >more info

Once you sign in (by clicking “Sign In” at top right), additional options are available:

  • Save link to a book to your bookshelf:  Click  “Add to Bookshelf”
  • Create and save a link to a particular chapter:
    • Add the page number of the chapter manually at the end of the URL in the format:&ppg=nn >more info
  • Add notes or highlight:  Click “Add Note”, “Highlight” >more info
  • Bookmark a page:  Click at the top right of the page >more info
  • Full Download a book:  Click “Full Download”
    • For off-line reading on your computer >more info
    • For off-line reading on your mobile device >more info
    • If book isn’t available for “Full Download”, see  >more info

If you are OFF CAMPUS, you’ll need to figure out what type of remote access your library has provided for access to the ebrary site.

  • If you enter the regular URL of the ebrary site, which will start with…
    • If it prompts you for a login, you’re set.  Just enter your school login and you’ll be given access to the ebrary site, and you’ll be signed in to your personal ebrary account.
    • If it says “Unauthorized access“:
      • Go to your library’s website and look for a link to ebrary, try under “Databases”.  Clicking that link will likely prompt you to login with your school credentials to access the ebrary site. (Once on the ebrary site, you’ll still need to sign in to your personal ebrary account by clicking “Sign In” at the top right.

To navigate ebrary, use the tabs across the top of the ebrary window:

  • Home” tab:  The landing page for your library’s ebrary site
  • Search” tab:  Additional search tools, and a history of your recent searches
  • Bookshelf” tab:  Links to ebrary books you’ve saved, and your annotations

Additional materials:

On-line training sessions




ebrary search is now accent insensitive

This greatly improves the ease and comprehensiveness of searching in ebrary.

It means you no longer have to enter accent marks or other diacritics to find, for example, titles or authors with accented words or names.


  • Searching for Author = Cecile de Cat
    • Returns books whose metadata list the author as either:
      • Cecile de Cat
      • Cécile de Cat
  • Searching for Title = Español
    • Returns titles whose metadata list the title as, for example:
      • Camino al Espanol : A Comprehensive Course in Spanish
      • Dictionary of Mathematics (English – Spanish || Spanish-English) : Diccionario de Matemáticas (Español – Inglés || Inglés – Español)

Books open to their ebrary Detail Page

When you open an ebrary book, you’re first taken to its ebrary Detail Page.

To begin reading the book, click the “Read Online” button, or on the desired chapter link in the live Table of Contents.

Once you are reading the book, you can return to the full Detail Page by clicking the blue “More…” link in the panel to the left.

In addition to bibliographic information, you’ll see:

  • # of selections you can copy and print  >more info
  • Whether the book can be full-document downloaded


Patrons will be presented with the following information:


Librarians Administrators, your view includes holdings and purchase information:


Note, for child-of-consortia sites, consortia-provided titles will show under “LIBRARY HOLDINGS” as “No Active Holdings for the document” because it shows only the direct ownership by the child site.