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Ebooks @ UCSD: EBL/ebrary/EBSCO Ebook FAQs

Locating and using the ebook collections at UCSD.

This table provides an overview of the key things you need to know about using the ebrary, EBL and EBSCO ebook collections.

Since they use DRM (digital rights management) software, there are limits for borrowing, printing, saving and copying.

Downloading to a computer or mobile device for offline reading--when available--will require additional software or a mobile app.

Click the name of the ebook platform for more information. 

Key Information about EBL, ebrary and Ebsco Ebooks

  Login Required? Can more than one person access the same book? Online
Reading Time
Print, Copy and/or Save Pages? Download the Entire Book to Your Mobile Device or Computer for Offline Reading?
EBL UCSD email username and password required. Yes. All titles are multi-user, so there are no "one-at-a-time" limits. 24 hours.

Can create a PDF of up to 20% of a book, to save and/or print.

Can copy and paste up to 5% of book, text only.

Percentages vary by publisher.

For 24 hours.
ebrary To access some features, but not required. Most titles are limited to one user at a time. Some allow 3 simultaneous users. Until you close your browser or go to another webpage.

Can create a PDF of up to 30% of a book, to save and/or print.

Can copy up to 15% of a book, text only.

Some publishers have set more restrictive limits.

If the record in Roger says "Limited to one user at a time," the ebook cannot be downloaded.

A small number of titles can be downloaded for 7 days.

EBSCO To access some features, but not required. Most titles are limited to one user at a time. Until you "close" the ebook in the viewer.

Can create a PDF of up to 60 pages for many books, to save or email.

Actual number of pages varies by publisher. Some allow no printing, while some allow as much as 100 pages.

Some can be downloaded for 24 hours.