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




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.



Supported operating systems and browser versions

ebrary’s reader requires recent versions of operating systems and browsers as follows:

Supported operating systems:

  • Windows:  7, 8, 8.1
  • Windows 10 is currently certified for the ebrary Reader only (August 2016).  Other features such as search, bookshelf and admin tools have not yet been certified for Windows 10.
  • OS X:  10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks)

Note that Windows RT is not supported.

Supported browsers: The browser versions we support parallel the frequency with which the browsers auto-update.

  • Chrome:  latest version
  • FireFox:  latest two versions
  • Safari:  latest two versions
    • For Safari, “Private Browsing” does not work when using proxied links
  • Internet Explorer:  versions 9, 10 and 11 only. Note that  the “Allow font downloads” policy setting in Internet Explorer needs to be enabled for correctly displaying some navigation  icons.
    • For IE 9, make sure compatibility mode is turned off
    • IE 8 is not supported with the new reader as its underlying architecture is limiting when it comes to applying modern UX web designs and coding techniques.

Note that browser add-ons/extensions that alter or add a suffix to ebrary URLs do not work with ebrary.

  • Example:  “Dragon NaturallySpeaking” browser extension

Certified on devices down to tablet size

ebrary’s new reader is certified down to devices as small as tablets (not phones).

Only the Detail Page is optimized down to phone-sized devices, so that an overview of the book can be obtained, and the user can download from there for offline use in Bluefire.

If in a pinch, you do try to read online on a small device, close the left side panel to make the content of the book more accessible.

Also, consider viewing your device horizontally to maximize readability.


Print, Print-to-PDF, Page-range Download, Chapter Download

To save a page-range of a book as a PDF file, click   “Print to PDF”

  • If printing-to-PDF more than the current page, determine page numbers by viewing the page, and noting the page number at the top right.
    • See below for tips if the page numbers seem off.
  • It is okay to use page numbers like iii, iv, xi, etc. as applicable.
  • For print limits, see  >more info

 To save a chapter of a book as a PDF file, click   “Chapter Download”

  • If the chapter is longer than the number of pages you can print, it will not print-to-PDF the chapter.  You’ll need to instead print-to-PDF a page range within your limit.
  • If the book has sections or parts, in addition to chapters, the system will attempt to print the entire section or part.  In this case, the number of pages will likely exceed your limit, so you’ll need to enter the page range instead.
  • For print limits, see  >more info

“Print to PDF” and “Chapter Download” take you to the same dialog box, the difference is which radio button is selected on entry:  current page or chapter.

You can read or print the PDF file anytime – it doesn’t expire.

  • If you’re just trying to print, open the PDF file and print it.
  • Developer note:  We’ve found that students today print very little—the digital natives are very comfortable having documents online and are concerned with saving trees! Given this, our focus shifted to Print to PDF, knowing there is always the option, once the PDF is created, to send it to a printer.

If the page numbers seem off:

  • The intention is for the number indicated by the reader (in the top-right corner) to match the page number shown on the book’s page.  This is called “logical page numbering“.
    page numbers
  • The correct page numbers for some books cannot be correctly interpreted.
  • If correct page numbers can’t interpreted, “consecutive page numbers” are used instead, where the cover = page 1, the next page = page 2, etc.
    • If this is the case, indicate the desired page range by checking the start and end page, noting the number shown by the reader in the top-right corner.
      consecutive page numbering
  • If you encounter a book for which the reader does not show either:
    1) the same page number shown on the book’s page, or
    2) doesn’t use “consecutive page numbers” as described above,
    Then please report the book to