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E-Books Collections & Readers: E-Books

Tri-College E-Books

The Tri-College Libraries offer hundreds of thousands of e-books in many diverse ebook collections, including  reference, primary texts, scholarly and popular literature, offering a variety of ways to view and use them, depending on provider specifications. In this shifting landscape between print and digital, most ebooks can be read as you would read an online journal but others have added functionality.  EBL and Ebrary have been designed to allow full-text searching, copying, note-taking, audio and in some cases downloads to different devices. 


For low vision and blind readers, our EBL and Ebrary books can be read aloud in Adobe Digital Editions version 2. (Make sure you have the most up-to-date version of ADE.)

Download your selected title into ADE by following the download instructions above.

Turn VoiceOver on by going in the menu bar to:
Adobe Digital Editions > Services > Service Preferences > Universal Access > Turn VoiceOver on or off.

EBL & Ebrary Quick Comparison Chart

The following chart gives an overview of our two largest ebook collections, EBL and Ebrary.  View the EBL & Ebrary pages to learn how to download chapters, print, and use e-readers with library ebooks.


Quick Comparison Chart:





Always via EZ-Proxy.

Requires EZ-Proxy from Off-Campus ONLY.  

Read After logging in, select the blue Read Online button to start reading immediately. Select the purple Read Online button to start reading immediately.

Download Chapters

To print or download chapters, use the Online Reader. When prompted, create a loan.

To download chapters in PDF form,  select the Chapter Download or Print to PDF icon. 


You can print up to 20% of the book, every 6 weeks through the Online Reader.

Usually up to 60 pages per printable PDF (can be mysteriously limited by publisher).  



Email attachment to kindle (60 page pdf increments)

Read the entire book on your PC/MAC  (Adobe Digital Editions)

Select 1, 7, or 14 days

14 days

Read the book on your iPad or iPhone  (Adobe Digital Editions and Bluefire Reader)

Select 1, 7, or 14 days

14 days


Sony or Nook

Select 1, 7, or 14 days

14 days