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Ebooks at OSU Libraries

Ebook resources at Oregon State University Libraries.

Ebook Central

Many of the OSU Libraries' ebooks are hosted by Ebook Central. These ebooks can be accessed through the Ebook Central website or through 1Search, where they are mixed with ebooks from our other collections.

Read an Ebook Central Book Online

Locate an ebook in the Ebook Central search or 1Search. 1Search include an "Online access" link. Click this link to switch to the Ebook Central interface. You may need to log in with your ONID information.

An ebook with an Online Access link

From the Ebook Central interface, you can read the book online or download a copy to your computer. Each book has different rights, which determine how many pages you're allowed to print or copy.

Ebook record. Includes buttons for "Read Online" and "Download Book".

Click "Read Online". Access the table of contents from the left navigation window. These ebooks are fully searchable by clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the left navigation bar.

A magnifying glass icon next to a "search within book" box


Download Ebook Central Books

Follow these steps to download a book from Ebook Central:

  1. Click "Read Online" to preview the ebook.
  2. Click the download icon on the top navigation bar. It's the first one on the left with a downward-pointing arrow.

    A row of icons. The first one, a downward arrow, provides a full download.
  3. Answer the questions about your device.

  4. Some ebooks can only be read with the Adobe Digital Editions program. If necessary, Ebook Central will direct you to a free download. If the book is available as an EPUB, it can be read by any EPUB reader (e.g. Apple iBooks, Readium, Bibliovore).

    Adobe Digital Editions keeps track of any licensing issues the book's publisher may have included. For example, if the ebook has a checkout period it will automatically become inaccessible after that time.

Search for Ebooks

Use 1Search to find books, scholarly articles, newspaper articles and books held at other Pacific Northwest libraries (Summit).

Ebook Central Features

  • Full-text searching
  • Create bookmarks, highlight text, and add notes
  • Access ebooks online or download to read offline on computers, tablets, and other mobile devices
  • Personalized bookshelf provides access to reading history and current loans
  • Many titles available in EPUB and PDF