E-books

An introduction to e-books at the EMU library.

General Tips

Tips 

  1. Library e-books work well on computers, laptops, and some other devices that use a standard web browser. They might not work on some devices, such as cell phones.
  2.  Library e-books often don't allow you to print or copy pages (some allow a limited amount of copying/printing). 
  3.  Some e-books can be temporarily downloaded to your computer and some can only be read online, depending on whether the book is a multiple-user version or a single-user version.
  4.  If you want to save the e-book as a favorite in your browser, save the e-search page or look for the stable link to the guide (see instructions below). If you try to save a web address that you see after logging in to the book, the link will not work later.
  5. When you are finished reading the book, close the browser window and the book will become available to another student. If you aren't actively using the book, the book will close automatically after no activity (but you may be able to log back in).
  6.  If you have trouble logging in, the most common problems are:
    a. You may need to set your browser to accept cookies.
    b. If your EMU NetID password has expired, you may need to change your password.
  7. You may be able to get immediate help using the e-book from staff at the EMU Library Information Desk by calling 734-487-2445.

Be Wary of using Download PDF!
You can read the entire book online, but can only print out or download a limited number of pages. You may want to be wary of using the download PDF option to read chapters, as this will quickly deplete your printing quota. It may be better to use Read Online - then print only specific pages that you want.

Extra Features
You can use the row of icons across the top of ProQuest Central pages to do things like bookmark a page, highlight text, add notes, etc.

Logging in to view the e-book

For ProQuest Central E-books you will be asked to log in with your EMU NetID both on and off campus.  If you aren't asked to log in, there may be an issue with the link you have to the book. In that case, try searching for the e-book in E-search (use e-book search provided below).

If you are asked to log in and your login doesn't work, you may need to update your NetID password (see Login Problems below).

To authenticate your browser needs to accept cookies. If you have trouble logging into the book, you may need to change browser settings to accept cookies.

Single-user, three-user, and unlimited e-books

Most ProQuest Central e-books in EMU's collection are single user e-books. For some high-use titles the library was able to purchase e-books that allow more than one person to use them at one time.

The initial page of the e-book will indicate which type of e-book you are using. That initial page will also indicate how many pages you are allowed to print or download from the e-book, which will vary for different books.

Single User E-books
If you get a message that the e-book is being read by another student, you will need to try to login again later. When that student logs out of the book or is timed out of the book for inactivity, a different student will be able to access the book. Librarians can see that e-book busy signals don't happen often, but it's wise to read ahead as the book is more likely to be busy right before a test or assignment due date. You can read single user e-books online, but won't be able to download the entire book.

Three User E-books
Up to 3 students at a time can read these titles.  If you are the 4th student trying to access the book, you will need to try to login again later. When a student logs out of the book or is timed out of the book for inactivity, you will be able to access the book. Librarians can see that these busy signals are rare, but it's wise to read ahead as the book is more likely to be busy right before a test or assignment due date. You can read 3-user  e-books online, but won't be able to download the entire book.

Unlimited E-Books or Multiple Copies E-books
Any number of EMU students can access a multiple user e-book and the book should never be busy. You will usually also be able to download the entire book to your computer for a limited amount of time: either one week or one day, depending on the title. If you haven't finished using the book, you can log back in and download the book again.

Search for E-books in the Library

This search finds only the electronic books in the EMU Library.

Esearch logo  

Linking to the Esearch record

Permanent links provided in Esearch already include EZproxy information. Just select the Permanent Link next to the book title in the search results, and copy the URL:

Esearch permanent link example

Finding a Stable Direct Link to the E-book

A stable direct link for an e-book from ProQuest Ebook Central can be found on the initial page for the e-book (or Detail Page). Look to the left for Share Link to Book.  This link is already set for access from off campus (EMU Proxy.)

Log-in Problems?

Using library online resources and databases from off-campus requires your EMU netID login and password.

Most Common Problem:

Other access problems?

Not a current EMU Student?

  • Use MeL Databases. These databases can be used by Michigan residents.