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About the Emory Libraries ebook collections available to Emory students, faculty, and staff

Accessing E-Books Paid by Emory University

By going through Libraries Search, you will automatically be accessing the Emory licensed version of the title. Below is the most effective way to access an ebook via the catalog! Click on "connect" for access to the online content. You may have several options for e-book access, as titles are available through a number of sources. To see a list of ebooks from publishers and vendors, you can explore our growing list

The Emory University Libraries make it a priority to provide unrestricted e-books through Libraries Search in HTML and/or PDFs, the latter of which are readable and transportable using the free Adobe Reader.  Some vendors have restrictions on usage, and these instructions are listed below by publisher. These exceptions may require an additional login step, a personal account creation, or additional software. For additional questions, consult the e-books FAQs or Ask a librarian



JSTOR is one of our most popular platforms for e-book access (primarily university press), as it integrates well with the JSTOR journal archive and allows for chapter downloads! Many of these book titles replicate our print holdings, but moving ahead many of these university presses will only be available in e-formats. Unfortunately, we do not have the fundings to completely replicate the print holdings! If you currently see a title in JSTOR that indicates we do not have access, you will see the following prompt:

(1) Many university press titles are also available via EBSCO or ProQuest. Look for "Access Online" in the catalog.

(2) If not available electronically, please click on "Locate/Request" a copy.

(3) If not available from either source, please contact your subject librarian to add to the collection OR

(4) Request the print.



1. Create a personal account in Digitalia.

2. Install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer or device (free online).

3. You can read and annotate downloaded e-books offline on your computer, and transfer them to supported devices. You can have up to 5 Digitalia e-books downloaded at a time.

4. Once your loan time ends, the book on your personal computer will no longer be available. You will need to return to Digitalia to access it again.

For additional questions, visit the Digitalia User Guide

EBL or Ebrary (see ProQuest)

Scroll down to the ProQuest section for instructions.


 Ebsco ebooks licensed by Emory can be found at Academic ebook Collection (EBSCOhost) GALILEO.

You can read the text online and download some pages as PDF. In order to download the entire book, take notes, toggle between notes and text, or highlight the text you will need to:

1. Create an account with EBSCOhost. We do not recommend sharing your partial credit card number, if the systems asks. 

2. Then, download Adobe Digital Editions and create a personal account. If you are using your personal computer there is an option to not require a password in the future.

3. You can choose how long that you want to check out the title (the maximum though is 21 days). You can always return the title early through Adobe Edition.

For additional assistance, visit the company's support pages EBSCO e-book libguide and/or EBSCOhost User guide & FAQ.



1. Click the "Log In" button and choose "Emory University" from the drop-down menu.

2. Enter your Emory NetID and password when prompted.

For the most access you should use steps 1 & 2. This will permit you to download entire works that are in public domain or under Creative Commons licenses. If books are not in public domain, then you can download portions. For instructions see the help for "download only a portion of a work."

For additional support and information on HathiTrust access, consult Emory's HathiTrust guide.

ProQuest E-Book Central

ProQuest's eBook Central provides two options:

(1) Downloading the book requires downloading additional free software, Adobe Digital Editions. If you want to move the file from one computer to another you will also need to create a personal account within Adobe Digital Editions. Additional downloading help is available from ProQuest. 

(2) You can read the text online and download and copy and paste some pages as PDF. To take notes, toggle between notes and text, or highlight the text, you can use the ProQuest Ebook Central html viewer "read online" and create a personal account so you can retrieve your notes (Note: Chrome browser works best). 

For instructions on how to make the most of reading the book online visit the company's  online help page. Checkout periods differ by title, but most are for 14 or 21 days for unlimited titles. Single use titles are limited to three days checkout (but you can still read online if the title is checked out) unless for a course, in which case they are read-only (chapter download still available). 3-user titles are available for a maximum of seven days checkout.  However, you will still be able to read a copy online even when a title has been dowloaded. You can always check in your title early through Adobe Digital Editions.

ProQuest Example Title  

Example shows limits on number of users, period of use and restrictions on use (copy/paste).

Safari (O'Reilly)

1. From a drop-down list, select "not listed click here."

2. Type your Emory email address ( for access.

3. To read the books offline, you will use the O’Reilly app for tablets and phones. You will create an account with Safari/O’Reilly using the instructions you received via email from O’Reilly Learning Platform with the subject line “Your O’Reilly Access – Activation Required.” If you cannot find that email check your junk folder or email for assistance. The Emory Libraries subscription is for faculty, students, and staff, so if prompted for your graduation date you can skip this entry when creating your account. For additional instructions on the app, visit the O'Reilly support center. 

Safari FAQs:

  • If you cannot find a book that you have used before from Safari, then the title has been removed by Safari per the publisher's request. You can contact your librarian to request the book. 
  • You can highlight text, add notes, and download the citation. Both the highlighted text and any notes are combined into a csv file.