Finding Books Just Got Easy: The Library’s Digital eBook Collection

The library is happy to announce that through eBrary we now provide students and faculty members with access to over 70,000 academic eBooks, that are available to read on your computer, smart phone, and tablet. What does this mean for you? Well it, means that from the comforts of your couch you can now locate, view, and notate books on a ton of subjects from authoritative publishers.  To access our collection you can go to eBrary’s website at or if you have a iPad or iPhone you can download the Mobile App.

Continue reading to learn how to locate, read, and download any of the Online Books we have in our collection through eBrary. Or check out our previous article on searching through our digital collection of career eBooks.

Step 1: Signing In

The first thing that you’ll want to do when using our digital book collection is to sign into eBrary with your PSC username and password (hint: this is the username and password that you use to log into D2L and webadvisor). You can find the Sign In link at the top right hand corner of the screen.

Follow the arrow!

In addition to reading an eBook on your computer, signing into eBrary also allows you to save books to your bookshelf, highlight and notate a book, and download eBooks (which you can then read on a tablet or print up).

Step 2: Searching for eBooks

To locate a book you can either a) type your research terms into the Simple Search Box at the top of the page or b) you can browse books on a topic by clicking on its name.

Step 3: Accessing your Book

After you type in your search or select one of the topics to browse you will be brought to a results list. To view the full text of a book you will just need to click on the title of the book.

Getting ready to view “Moving Toward the Future of Policing” by Gregory F. Treverton

Step 4: Viewing and Notating your Book

Once you select your book you will be brought to the record, wherein you can read the book, among other things.

  1. Use the InfoTools commands to print pages from the eBook, add notes to a page, and to get the citation for the eBook.
  2. Use the arrow buttons to flip pages. You can also navigate through the book using the table of contents on the right and the page number at the top of the record.
  3. You can select text to highlight using this button. Any text that you highlight will be saved to your bookshelf  until you choose to delete it.
  4. You can download chapters and whole books for printing or to read on a tablet or smart phone. See Step 5 for more information on download eBooks.
  5. When you click on Add to My Bookshelf, the book you are viewing will be added to your bookshelf so you can come back and view it at a later date.

Step 5: Downloading an eBook with Adobe Digital Editions

  1. You can download chapters from books for any length of time.

2. If you would like to download the entire book you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions and set up a free account. After you download the book you will need to drag the file into Adobe Digital Editions. From there you can read the book on your computer or you can plug in any tablet to add the book to your mobile reading device.

Drag the file from your downloads folder into Adobe Digital Editions

That’s about it for instructions … now its time to start learning  from the comfort of your couch. If you have any more questions about using the Library’s eBooks feel free to contact a Reference Librarian at (708) 709 7948 or email us at librarians@prairiestate.edu.

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