Supported devices

The new reader was designed from the beginning for a variety of digital access points.

Knowing that today’s students prefer to use laptops and tablets to do their research, in the library or off campus, we optimized for these devices.

We plan to have the new Reader certified on a variety of devices, from large displays, to smaller laptops, and on tablets including: iPad®, Samsung Galaxy® and Windows® Surface.


Annotations – notes and highlights

To highlight text:

  • Select the text to highlight, click Highlight
  • 3 colors to choose from!

To un-highlight text you’ve highlighted:

  • Option 1:
    • Double-click the highlighted text to select it
    • A trash icon will appear
    • Click the trash icon to clear the highlight
  • Option 2:
    • Click on the Annotations” side-panel
    • All your highlights will be listed there
    • Click to select the text fragment in the list that indicates the highlighted text to un-highlight
    • Click the trash icon

If you have highlighted a section multiple times, you will need to
un-highlight multiple times for the text to no longer show as highlighted.

To add a note:

  • Select the text to make a note about, click Add note
  • The text for notes will always be highlighted in yellow

Annotations are listed in Annotations” side-panel when viewing a book.
Annotations are automatically saved to your bookshelf on exiting.

To export your annotations:

  • To get the most complete export of your annotations, including all of your notes and the full text of your highlights:

1. Go to your ebrary site and sign in as usual
2. Click the “Bookshelf” link
3. Click the “Add folder” button to create a new folder, or use an existing folder
4. Drag the book from your bookshelf onto the folder
(Click on the book’s cover and drag to the folder’s title)
5. Open the folder
6. Click the “email this folder” button
(button is to the right, above list of books)
7. Enter your email address to email the folder to yourself
8. The body of the email you receive will have the complete export of your annotations.

  • To export your annotations for a book that is no longer on your ebrary site:
    • Go to one of ebrary’s preview sites, such as:
    • Sign in as usual and follow steps 2-8 above
    • If you are unable to sign in as usual (most likely because your usual ebrary site uses a custom or SSO login), please contact for assistance


Do old page-specific links work correctly with the new reader?

With the old QuickView reader, two formats were allowed for page-specific links. When using old page-specific links with the new reader, both formats go to the correct book, but only one of the formats (“ppg=“) goes to the correct page.

That is, when using an old page-specific link with the new reader:

  • A link with “ppg=” (see example below) goes to correct page of the book
  • But a link with “page=” (see example below) goes to page 1 of the book


Workarounds for issues with chapter-download or printing a chapter

Print or download “by chapter” doesn’t work in the following situations:

  • If the chapter is longer than the number of print/download pages you’re allowed, and you try to print/download the chapter, you’ll get an error.
  • If the book has Parts or Sections or Volumes (e.g., Part I, Part II or Section A, Section B or Volume 1, Volume 2), then trying to print/download chapters within those Parts/Sections/Volumes will actually try to print/download THE ENTIRE PART OR SECTION OR VOLUME – not just the one chapter within that Part or Section or Volume.  And a Part or Section or Volume is almost always longer than the pages you’re allowed.

In these cases, simply print the desired page range (making sure it is less than or equal to the number of pages you’re allowed).

  • To do this, fill in the “Pages from” and “to” values.


“Availability” messages on the ebrary Detail Page

The ebrary Detail Page gives information about how many copies of the book your ebrary site has, and whether the book is available to read online and full-download.  On many ebrary sites, many or all books are unlimited-user access.  But if a book is limited-user, all copies might be in use and/or the max number might already be full-downloaded.

The following examples can help decipher the “Availability” messages.

Example 1:

– Library has one single-user copy of the book

– It has been full-downloaded, which auto-expires in 6 days, but user might return the book before it expires

– At this moment, the book cannot be read or downloaded by this user.

Example 2:

– Library has one single-user copy of the book

– It is being read by another user, but it has not been full-downloaded, so it shows no estimate of available date

– At this moment, the book cannot be read or downloaded by this user.

Example 3:

– Library has two single-user copies of the book and allows full-download of all but the last copy of the book

One copy is full-downloaded, which auto-expires in 6 days, but user might return the book before it expires

– At this moment, book CAN be read by this user, but not full-downloaded.


Note, some ebrary sites have extended-access options, so additional access may show as available as you use the book.