Answered By: Librarians Former
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2015     Views: 4375

Yes, in most cases you can download the library's ebooks to your computer.  The details will vary a bit, depending on which ebook platform the book is on (ebrary, EBSCO), as well as the book's publisher.  

If you have any questions along the way, please don't hesitate to contact a librarian (ask@gettysburg.edu).

You may also be interested in our guide about downloading ebooks to a Kindle, Nook, or other ereader device, which includes information about borrowing ebooks from the public library to read for fun.

Downloading an ebrary ebook:

1. Download Adobe Digital Editions to your computer.

2. Create your personal ebrary account and sign in.

Ebrary Download3. Find the book in ebrary that you would like to download, and click on the Download button on the top menu. 

4. Choose the option to download the entire document.

5. If you haven't already logged in to Adobe Digital Editions, or ebrary, do so when prompted.

The ebrary Support Center offers more details about downloading ebrary books.

Note: There is a 14 of 7 day checkout period for most ebrary books.  There are some books that may not be downloaded in full.  In those cases, you may print or save a selection (usually about 60 pages), or view/read the books online.

Downloading an EBSCO ebook:

This process is very similar to the process for downloading an ebook from ebrary.  

1. Download Adobe Digital Editions to your computer.

2. Create your personal EBSCO account and sign in. You can access both of these items by clicking on "Sign In" within the EBSCO interface.

3. Find the book in EBSCO that you would like to download and click on the "Download this eBook (Offline)" link.

4. Select your checkout period (often limited to 7 days), and click "Checkout & Download."

5. Open the downloaded file with Adobe Digital Editions.

EBSCO has a helpful eBook Support Center, which provides several guides and online tutorials about using their ebooks.

Note: There is a 7 day checkout period for most EBSCO ebooks.  There are some books that may not be downloaded in full.  In those cases, you may print or save a selection (usually about 60 pages), or view/read the books online.