To search just within titles you’ve saved in your Bookshelf

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

2. Click on “Advanced” next to the Simple Search field at the top

3. Set the first line of the search to “Collection” is “My Bookshelf”

4. Use the “+” button to add additional search lines

5. Add your search criteria

6. Click the “Search” button below your search criteria

Admins: To get the title list of all titles on your ebrary site, or just the titles in one or more collections on your ebrary site

You can get an up-to-the-minute list of all titles on your ebrary site, or just the titles in one or more collections (such as Academic Complete) on your ebrary site – you don’t even need to have admin-tab privileges:

1) Go to your ebrary site.

2) Sign in to your ebrary account.  It is important that you sign in, otherwise you cannot get the complete list.  If you do not have an ebrary bookshelf account, please create one using the “Sign In” button at the top right and clicking on “Create an account”

3) Click on “Advanced” just to the right of the “Search ebrary” button.

4) If you want to search for a particular collection only, in “Search in”, select “Collections” then select “Academic Complete” (or another collection) from the list of available collections.  Note, if you only have one collection on your site, you don’t need to select a collection.

5) Leave all other search lines empty

6) Click the “Search ebrary” button below the search fields.

7) Then, to get a file with all these titles (complete with urls), click on the “Export Search Results” button over on the far right.

This will create an excel file of all titles on your site (or just those in the collection(s) you selected), complete with the url for each document.

To delete a book from your Bookshelf, or to remove it from a Bookshelf Folder

Delete a book from your Bookshelf:

  • If you have a book at the top-level of your Bookshelf – that is, in “Folder: Unclassified Documents & Annotations”, you can delete it from your Bookshelf by clicking the small trash-can icon to the far right of the title.

Remove a book from a folder:

  • If you have a book in one of your Bookshelf folders, you can remove it from the folder by clicking on the small red “x” to the far right of the title.
  • This does not delete it from your Bookshelf, it just takes it out of the folder and moves it to “Folder: Unclassified Documents & Annotations”

Note that even though we refer to having a “book” in your Bookshelf, it is actually just a link to the book (like a shortcut).

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.

Admins: To see purchase price of purchasable titles, and loan price of loanable titles

  1. Option a:  Go to a preview site such as
    Don’t need to sign in to a personal ebrary account 

    Option b:  Go to your ebrary site and sign in
    sign in to an admin-enabled account for prices to show

  2. Enter search criteria (or leave blank to search for all) and click “Search”
  3. Over at far right, for View, click “Long”
  4. Purchase price shows only if title is purchasable (multi-user price shows only if available for purchase as multi-user)
  5. Loan price shows only if title is loanable
  6. “Subscription: Academic Complete” shows if currently in that collection.
    Note, only inclusion is Academic Complete is indicated, inclusion in other collections is not shown

Note, ebrary’s preview sites do not currently indicate territory restrictions.  For this reason, titles will not necessarily be available to your ebrary site even if they are shown on an ebrary preview site as being purchasable, loanable, or in Academic Complete.