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Ebooks: Basic Info

Information to help access SU Library's largest book collection.

Need help? Call or email.

  • Andy Kulp, Undergraduate & Information Literacy Librarian - 540-665-5444 OR       
  • Kathy Evans, Reference & Instruction Librarian - 540-665-5424 OR 
  • Meghan Davitt, Health Sciences Librarian - 540-665-4351 OR

What you need to know about using Shenandoah's eBooks

Using eBooks at an academic library is different than personal eBooks or eBooks you get from a public library.  They are accessible from several different websites (platforms) and what a user is allowed to do with an eBook depends on the functionality available on the platform where it's found, or any restrictions placed by the publisher.

Our recommendations:

  • When possible, read the ebook through your browser. Only download the entire ebook when you will need the book during times of no internet connection. In that case, you will need to make a personal account with the ebook provider and you will need to have, or create, an Adobe account.
  • Download chapters instead of 'checking out' the entire book whenever possible.
  • When you do a full book 'check out,' make sure you log into your personal account when you try to access the book on a different device.
  • Worldcat Discovery is the best place to start searching for an eBook.
  • Some eBook titles have restrictions on the number of users who can access it simultaneously, so if you're done reading an eBook, close your browser tab to end your session (and release the eBook so someone else can read it).

This guide gratefully includes content adapted from Butler University


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Kathy Evans
Shenandoah University
Smith Library
1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601