Bluefire is the mobile application of choice for reading ebrary ebooks on mobile devices

In the years since the ebrary mobile app was introduced, we have seen that patrons increasingly prefer to use one app that works across many products, and for the app to be optimized for their device.

Therefore, the ebrary mobile app has been retired, and is no longer available from the App Store or the Google Play store.

ProQuest recommends the independent, highly-rated “Bluefire Reader” app for offline reading of downloaded ebrary ebooks on mobile devices.

Bluefire is available for free from the App Store and the Google Play store.  It can be used to read Adobe DRM-protected ebooks from a variety of sources – including EBL.

Bluefire offers a full set of active reading features including bookmarking, highlighting, note taking, dictionary lookup, contextual search, sharing, and more.

For detailed information about downloading ebrary books on mobile devices, and then using Bluefire to read them, please see this how-to.

Important note!  Notes made in downloaded files are not retained after the download expires or is returned.

  • Adobe Digital Editions and Bluefire treat each download of the same book as a brand-new download, completely separate from any previous downloads of that book.

To download a book for offline reading on a MOBILE DEVICE

For offline reading on mobile devices such as iPhonesiPads, and Android phones and tablets, we support the independent, highly-rated Bluefire Reader.

We recommend using a browser on your device to access your ebrary site and to download the book directly to your device:


I. On your device, use a browser to connect to Adobe and sign in with your Adobe ID or create an Adobe ID:

1. Go to

2. Sign in, or to create an Adobe ID click “Get Adobe ID

II. Install Bluefire on your device

1. On your device, click App Store (for iOS) or Play Store (for Android)

2. Search for “Bluefire Reader

3. Install it on your device

After the above has been done once on your device, START HERE:

III. Download books using your device:

1. On your device, use a browser to connect to your ebrary site

– Use the same URL as when accessing ebrary from a computer

– For authorized access to your ebrary site, you will need to either:

— Use an authenticated campus Wi-Fi

— Or, if your site uses Single Sign On (SSO), sign in as usual

— Or, if your site uses proxied links, use a proxied link

Optionally, go to your library website, look for ebrary (perhaps under “Databases”), click the link to ebrary

Note, on iOS devices, use Safari (Chrome does not work well)

2. Sign in to your personal ebrary account (if not auto-signed-in)

– Or, if you haven’t yet created one, see this how-to.

3. Search in ebrary for the document you want to download

4. Click the “Download” button

5. Select the option to download the entire book, click “OK

6a. On iOS devices:

– You’ll be given the option to “Open In:” a suggested reader

– If Bluefire isn’t the listed reader, click “” to see the list

– Select “Bluefire

6b. On Android devices:

– The downloaded ebook is put in your default download folder

– To find it, go to your apps, open “My Files” (or similar)

— If you don’t have a file navigator app, please install one

– Once you have found your downloaded ebook

— Click to select it

— In menu at top, select “Move to”, “Bluefire”, “Imports

– Go to the Bluefire app

– Use settings to “Upload files from SD

– Your downloaded book will then be listed in Bluefire.

IV. Read downloaded books – no internet access required:

1. On your device, open the Bluefire app

2. From within Bluefire, open one of the books you’ve downloaded

3. Read and enjoy!

Note, you can also return downloaded books from within Bluefire.


Troubleshooting when pages of a book won’t load

Once you click “Read Online” you should see the following icons, and below them, the cover or first page of the book.

If the icons or pages don’t show, check the following:

1.  Javascript needs to be enabled on your browser

2. Certain domains and/or IPs cannot be blocked:

  • * (see below if you cannot use *)
  • eb_reader.js
  • require.min.js
or if you cannot use *, then:

If a site can only whitelist IPs, not domains, the following IPs should be whitelisted:

  • (for *
  • (for
    Note, ebrary sites in China do not use ajax, so do not need to unblock for sites in China
3. Certain ports cannot be blocked:
  • All of the above domains use standard ports 80 and 443

4. Make sure Java cache isn’t full

  • To clear your Java cache:
    • Open your computer’s Control Panel
    • From there, open “Java”
    • Under “General” tab, ” Temporary Internet Files”, click “Settings…”
    • Then click “Delete Files…”
5. Some VPNs are not compatible with ebrary
  • URL-rewriting VPNs are not compatible with ebrary
6. Don’t use VPN if using another form of remote authentication, such as:
  • proxied links
  • EZproxy SSO
  • ebrary-hosted remote access (RPA)
  • Athens
  • Shibboleth
  • Referring URL

7. In Safari, “Private Browsingdoes not work when using proxied links

8. “Accessibility Mode” causes fewer icons to be displayed.

  • This is a special setting to work with screen readers, and somehow your username may be in this mode.
  • For a screenshot showing the limited icons displayed in Accessibility Mode,  >see more
  • The team at can check your username’s settings.


ebrary subscription change schedule (additions, removals)

ebrary needs to occasionally remove titles from subscription collections and/or from PDA/purchase eligibility because of changes in publishers rights and business models, or because of a publisher’s specific request to remove an older edition and replace it with a newer edition.

We are glad to report that we have been able to renegotiate with most of our publishers to hold removals to a semiannual schedule so that we can give you advance notification.

Semiannual removals schedule:

  • end of June
  • end of December

To be notified of titles to be removed on this semiannual schedule, please check the NEWS tab under your Admin tab.  You can also subscribe to the ebrary “Content News” RSS feed.
For instructions, see

ebrary will add the bulk of new titles on a quarterly schedule:

  • end of March
  • end of June
  • end of September
  • end of December

Note, we have found that there continues to be a handful of removals from large subscription collections most months due to loss of publisher rights.  Loss of rights requires titles to be removed immediately, and so unfortunately must be removed off schedule.  For this reason, if you are using ebrary MARC records to keep your catalog up-to-date, it is important to check your ebrary MARC records page each month for added titles and deleted titles.

If you would like to be alerted each month when ebrary MARC records pages are auto-updated, you can sign up for an RSS alert.  See

The “NEWS” tab is now available on all ebrary sites when signed in as an admin

When you are signed in with a username that has admin privileges, you will now see a “NEWS” tab under the “Admin” tab.  This used to be available only to sites that have the Academic Complete subscription collection, but now it is available on all ebrary sites.

ebrary posts information about title additions and removals in the NEWS tab, as well as information such as the new short-term loan rates that some publishers are moving to.