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e-Book collections


You can find ebooks via the library's catalog or directly through the ebook collection databases. Click the A-to-Z Databases link in the blue box on the bottom right side of the library’s home page. From the E-Resources A-to-Z list, navigate to letter “E” and choose one of the three eBook Collection links.

  • Academic titles are available through the E-Book Collection (EBSCOhost) and the E-Book Library (EBL).
  • Popular reading is available from e-Books via 3M Cloud Library.
  • Specialty ebooks on specific subjects (see below) are also available from the E-Resources A-to-Z list.


eBooks from EBSCOhost

Most EBSCO eBooks can be read and downloaded from anywhere, across multiple devices (including tablets, smart phones, and computers). Note: Some books are not downloadable.

To search the EBSCO ebook collection, click on the following link: eBook Collection.

Note: You will have to login using your STU username and password if you are off campus.


Reading

Once logged in, find an ebook. You can read the ebook in your web browser using the eBook Viewer. Simply click the eBook Full Text link on the Results List or in the Detailed Record.

Downloading

To download an EBSCO ebook to your personal computer to read offline, click Download This eBook (Offline). Then follow these steps:

  1. Create a free EBSCOhost account (or login if you already have one)
  2. Click Checkout & Download
  3. Download and install Adobe Digital Editions (it's free)
  4. Create an Adobe ID. Click Sign In at the top of the page and then click Get An Adobe ID. Skip this step if you already have an Adobe ID
  5. Choose a Loan duration and click download
  6. Open the downloaded file
  7. Authorize your computer by entering your Adobe ID

EBSCO ebooks downloaded to your computer can be transferred to a portable device that is connected to it using a USB cable. This Help Sheet explains how to transfer EBSCO ebooks to a portable device. EBSCO ebooks downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions can also be transferred to the Bluefire Reader app on your iOS devices using iTunes. You can also transfer an ebook in Adobe Digital Editions to an Android device. The computer and devices must be authorized with the same Adobe ID.

To download an EBSCO ebook directly onto your tablet or smart phone, you will need an ebook app, such as Bluefire Reader or similar. Visit the Library Mobile Apps page for instructions.

After installing the app, use the web browser on the device that you want to download to (smart phone or tablet), go to the library’s website (http://www.stu.edu/library), click on the A-to-Z Databases link in the blue box on the bottom right side of the library’s home page. From the E-Resources A-to-Z list, navigate to letter “E,” and click E-Book Collection (EBSCOhost). Then do the following:

  1. Login using your STU username and password
  2. Find the ebook you want to download, and then click Download This eBook (Offline)
  3. Create a free EBSCOhost account (or login if you already have one)
  4. Select a loan period and click Checkout & Download
  5. Click Open in Bluefire Reader (or in any other compatible reader app)
  6. You will be prompted to authorize the device with an Adobe ID. Login using your existing Adobe ID or click Create a Free Adobe ID

For eReaders (that do not support a reader app), PDFs can be created in the eBook Full Text view and transferred to, and read on, the eReader device.

Learn more by watching our tutorial on how to download EBSCO ebooks. Additional help is also available on EBSCO’s ebook support page.



eBooks from EBL (ProQuest)

eBooks from EBL can also be read and downloaded from anywhere and on multiple devices. Many of the ebooks available through EBL are available with audio options. You can also save ebooks to your own personal collections to read later.

To search the EBL ebook collection, click the following link: EBL ebook collection.

Note: You will have to login with your STU username and password to access the collection.

Reading

From a public computer, EBL ebooks should be read in the web browser using the EBL Online Reader within the EBL database. On your personal computer, ebooks may be read in the browser using the EBL Online Reader or offline by downloading the ebook.

Downloading

To download an EBL ebook to your personal computer to read offline, click Read Online (Available). Then follow these steps:

  1. Click the blue Download tab
  2. Choose the PDF or ePUB format
  3. Download and install Adobe Digital Editions (it's free) Create an Adobe ID. Click Sign In at the top of the page and then click Get An Adobe ID. Skip this step if you already have an Adobe ID
  4. Choose a Loan duration and click Download
  5. Open the downloaded file
  6. If you have not already done so, authorize your computer by entering your Adobe ID

To transfer downloaded EBL ebooks to your ereader, follow the instructions that came with your ereader. Click here for additional help transferring files to Sony, Nook, Kobo, and Kindle devices. Note that Amazon's Kindle (ereader) cannot be used to view EBL eBooks. The Kindle Fire (tablet) can download EBL ebooks using an ereader app, described below. EBL ebooks downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions can also be transferred to the Bluefire Reader app on your iOS devices using iTunes. You can also transfer an ebook in Adobe Digital Editions to an Android device. The computer and devices must be authorized with the same Adobe ID.

To download an EBL ebook directly onto your tablet or smart phone, you will need an ebook app, such as Bluefire Reader or similar. Visit the Library Mobile Apps page for instructions.

After installing the app, use the web browser on the device that you want to download to (smart phone or tablet), go to the library’s website (http://www.stu.edu/library) and click on the A-to-Z Databases link in the blue box on the bottom right side of the library’s home page. From the E-Resources A-to-Z list, click letter “E,” and click E-Book Library (EBL). Then do the following:

  1. Login using your STU username and password
  2. Click the blue Download tab
  3. Select a loan length
  4. Choose the PDF or ePUB format
  5. Click Download
  6. If you have not already done so, authorize your device by entering your Adobe ID. Then, login using the Adobe ID, and the ebook should open from within the ereader app

Additional help is available from the Help/Feedback link within the EBL database.



3M Cloud Library eBooks

Just want to read a book for fun? Browse through the 3M Cloud Library and download fiction and non-fiction books straight to your computer, tablet, reader, or smartphone using the 3M Cloud Library app.

Search the St. Thomas University 3M Cloud Library.

Note: You will have to login with your STU username and password to access the collection.

Reading and Downloading via the App

To read and download 3M ebooks, upload the 3M Cloud Library app to each of your devices. Visit the Library Mobile Apps page for instructions.

Once you have the app, when you find a title simply click Check Out. The title will now appear in My Books and will automatically sync with all of your devices that have the 3M Cloud Library app installed.

Don't see the book you're looking for? Search for books that are not available in the collection and add them to your Cloud Library Wish List. This is a way of suggesting that the library purchase the ebook. Note: The new version of the 3M Cloud Library app (coming in Fall 2014) is changing its terminology. Instead of adding titles to a Wish List to request that a 3M ebook be purchased, users can click Suggest.

You can also request that an ebook be added to the 3M Cloud Library by emailing Acquisitions at imedina@stu.edu.

Additional help with the 3M Cloud Library is available on the 3M website.



Specialty eBooks

Specialty ebooks on a specific subject may be read online. Click on the links below to find these titles within the library’s E-Resources A-to-Z list:


Note: You will have to login using your STU username and password if you are off campus.



Can't Find the eBooks You Need?

Let us know! Contact Isabel Medina to see if the title you need is available and can be added to the library's eBook Collections.
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