QuickView, Admins: “Additional Resources” customization options

Currently all InfoTools customizations need to be done by us here at support@ebrary.com.  Just send us the relevant info, and we’ll make the changes for you.

InfoTools customization can be used to enhance your patron’s ebrary experience.

If a user selects a word or phrase from an ebrary book and then selects an InfoTools resource, a new window will open with that resource, and the selected word or phrase will be included as the search term.

Additional InfoTools search URLs can be added (QuickView reader):

A new InfoTools menu heading is added, and there can be up to 6 resource links listed under it.

Please specify:

1. Name for your new InfoTools menu heading

2. Up to six resource URLs

We recommend resources with standalone, durable, persistent links, e.g.:

Oxford English Dictionary




Google Translate (into English)


Resources that do not use standalone, durable, persistent links can be used, but search terms will not be populated, examples include:

Some Sirsi catalog versions


Facts On File

Standard InfoTools entries cannot be removed (QuickView reader):

Unfortunately at this time we are not able to remove any of the standard entries in the InfoTools menu

Surface Pro is supported, RT is not

The new reader is certified on the Windows Surface Pro tablet running Win 8.1.

  • To read downloaded ebrary books on a Surface Pro, use  Adobe Digital Editions (not Bluefire).
  • In the ebrary download steps, choose desktop/laptop so that Adobe Digital Editions will be selected as the reader.

The Windows RT operating system is not supported by ebrary, so Surface with RT is not supported.


To create search strings to specific subject areas on an ebrary site

The easiest way to create a search string to specific content on an ebrary site is to build the search and then copy and paste the resulting URL:

  1. Go to your ebrary site at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/XXXXX
    where XXXXX is your ebrary site name
  2. Click the “Advanced Search” link
  3. Enter search criteria that gives the results you want.  You can, for example, use LC Call numbers (See below)
  4. Once you’ve got the search you want, you can then copy the URL at the top of the ebrary screen.  That URL will include the search details
  5. You can then paste that URL into emails or onto a web page, etc.  The URL will take the user to the ebrary site (they will need to have authorization) and will show the titles that meet the search criteria

Library of Congress (LC) call numbers are one way to search particular subject areas.  The following link gives the basics of LC Call number ranges:


Here’s an example URL to the History titles on our title preview site.  This URL was built by going to our title preview site, http://site.ebrary.com/lib/alltitles, and doing an Advanced Search for the LC call numbers for History, which are d to f3799.


What does the $ icon under the check box in some search results indicate?

Basically, the $ icon is used to indicate titles that are purchasable and that you do NOT already have on your ebrary site.

The $ icon only appears:

  • next to purchasable titles that you do NOT already have on your ebrary site
  • when you are signed in with an admin-enabled username (that is, end users won’t see the $ icons, and an admin won’t see the $ icons if not signed in)
  • in searches under the Admin tab or in the Working List (which is only available to admins)


  • If you have a title in an active PDA collection, then it is already available on your ebrary site and so the $ icon will NOT display.
  • If you already own the title or it is in a subscription collection you have, the $ icon will NOT display.
  • If you do an Admin > Acquisitions search and leave the collection at “All Purchasable (Excludes Holdings)” then all of the results will have a $ icon because they are all purchasable and are not already on your site
  • But, if you do an Admin > Acquisitions search and change the collection to “All (Includes Holdings)” then some of the results might not have a $ icon next to them because you’ve asked it to even show titles already available on your ebrary site (and those won’t have a $ icon).


Admins: To refresh a PDA collection (to remove duplicates and titles no longer PDA-eligible)

You can clear out duplicates entries in your PDA collections, as well as titles that are no longer PDA eligible, using the following steps.   The process is a bit tedious if you have a lot of PDA collections.

  • Go to the Profile tab
  • Click “Edit Profile” for the first collection
  • Un-check the PDA box (to make this collection temporarily not PDA)
  • Click “Update
  • You’re then taken back to the Profile tab
  • Click “Edit Profile” for that same collection
  • Check the PDA box (to make this collection PDA again)
  • Click “Update
  • The system will warn you that only PDA-eligible titles will be included.  Note that any titles already on your site (even just in other active PDA collections) are not considered PDA-eligible, and so will be removed.
  • Repeat these steps for each of your PDA collections.