Accessing ebooks collections – General guide

At Carleton University Library, we have many ebook collections covering a wide range of subject areas. Most ebooks can be easily downloaded onto a computer or device. However, some publishers protect and restrict usage through Digital Rights Management (DRM). This requires further steps to access and download material, such as creating additional logins and downloading certain software (eg. Adobe Digital Editions).

Due to security concerns with ADE version 4, earlier editions of the software are recommended.

Before accessing ebook titles via the individual Database Collections (A-Z List) or the list of ebook collections, we advise you to click “details” on the right of each package collection and read the “Access” area at the bottom to be aware of additional steps required.

Some DRM collections include: Canadian University Press ebooks, eBook Collection EBSCOhost, RBdigital (formerly OneClick Digital) audiobooks and ebooks. Other collections eg. Ebook Central (previously ebrary®), require additional account logins to use features such as highlighting notes, emailing citations, and social media functions etc.

In many cases, we provide links to the software and account creations as needed.  In most instances, the creation of additional login accounts and software can be used across various ebook collections with DRM restrictions in place.

Typically, books that require DRM software, have limits on the number of simultaneous users that can read/download the title at a given time, printing restrictions, and a limited time to “borrow” the ebook. Once your checkout period is up, the title will automatically be removed from your device. If a title is not available, you have the option to put a “hold” on it and will be notified by email once the title becomes available again.

When you access ebooks via a tablet or other mobile device (e.g. phone), there may be different software requirements, depending on the device. Please ensure to read requirements pertaining to that device.

*If accessing ebooks via a search in the main catalogue, restrictions and other information are usually added to the records.

Content last updated: May 9, 2019