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eBook collections available at the Brown University Library

Brown University Libraries have an extensive collection of ebooks in a variety of disciplines. This guide will assist you in searching for, accessing, and downloading digital content.

EBSCO ebooks

EBSCO ebooks are online versions of print books that the library has either purchased with a perpetual license or via an annual subscription. eBooks are available from all major academic publishers in virtually all academic disciplines.

EBSCO eBooks are compatible with for the following eBook Readers:

  • Apple (iOS) Devices such as iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Android Devices such as smartphones and tablets
  • Sony eReader Touch Edition
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • All eBook Readers supporting the Adobe eBook DRM

A complete list of Adobe ebook DRM compatible devices and apps is available here.

Note: Currently, EBSCO does not support mobile devices that use the Windows operating system.

Downloading EBSCO ebooks for offline reading on your computer, mobile device or tablet

EBSCO ebooks can be read online, in-browser by selecting the "EPUB Full Text" option when viewing the ebook record.

  1. Adobe Digital Editions is required to download EBSCO ebooks.
  2. In addition to Adobe Digital Editions, you'll need to create a personal EBSCO account to download ebooks. You'll be prompted to create or login to your existing account when you select the "Download this (offline)" option.
  3. After logging in to your account, you'll be prompted to select a checkout period (1-7 days). After selecting your loan period, click on  “Checkout & Download” to download your ebook.
  4. When the File Download box opens, select “Open” and your ebook will open in Adobe® Digital Editions.

EBSCO ebooks on your mobile device

To read ProQuest ebooks on your mobile device or tablet, you'll need to download the EBSCO ebooks mobile app. For iOS Devices visit  iTunes and for Android Devices visit Google Play.

After downloading the app, you'll need to set follow these steps to browse and download ebooks from your device:

  1. Open the app on your device and enter your Adobe ID and password and tap the Authorize button.
  2. Go to Find Books.
  3. Select your Country (United States) from the drop-down menu and then select your State (Rhode Island).
  4. Select Brown University from the list of libraries found.
  5. Select the Shibboleth login option and enter your Brown credentials
  6. With EBSCO, you can browse for books to read within the app, and you can browse by category or perform an ebook search.
  7. Next, enter your EBSCO login  or create a new account values and tap Login.
  8. After finding a title that you would like to read, select "Download (Offline)" to download and checkout the item
  9. On the next screen, select your checkout period (1-7 days) then select "checkout & download".
  10. Next you'll see a checkout confirmation and your title will begin downloading. The open should open for viewing immediately after downloading.
  11. To view your checked out items, go to the Bookshelf icon.