An introduction to ebooks at the EMU library.

General Tips


  1. Library ebooks 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 ebooks often don't allow you to print or copy pages (some allow a limited amount of copying/printing). For EBSCO ebooks, look in the details listed on the first page for information on how many pages you are allowed to print/email/save.
  3.  Some ebooks 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 ebook as a favorite in your browser, save the Esearch page (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 (although there may be a time delay before the next student can use the ebook.) 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 ebook from staff at the EMU Library Information Desk by calling 734-487-2445.

Full text options for EBSCO ebooks
There are two ways to access the text of EBSCO ebooks.
1.  Scroll down the ebook page to find links to specific chapters.
2.  A link to PDF Full Text or to the EPUB format (in left margin of the ebook page)

Unfortunately, EBSCO ebooks don't work well on some devices.
However, the quality of photos and other images are generally better in EBSCO ebooks than on some other ebook platforms.

Logging in to view the ebook

If you are on campus, you don't need to login to access an EBSCO ebook. If if you are off campus,  you will be asked to log in with your EMU NetID.  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 ebook in E-search (use ebook 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.

EBSCO ebooks. also sometimes produce an error page when you try to login. If you refresh the browser page and try again, it usually works on the second try.

Single-user, three-user, and multi-user ebooks

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

Single User Ebooks*
If you get a message that the ebook 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 ebook 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. 

Three User Ebooks*
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. 

Unlimited User Access Ebooks
Any number of EMU students can access an unlimited user ebook and the book should never be busy. 

*If you do get a busy signal, wait for 30 minutes before trying again to access the ebook. If you keep trying to log in every few seconds, you can cause the ebook to get "hung up."

Search for Ebooks in the Library

This search finds only the online 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 Link to an EBSCO E-Book

A stable direct link for an ebook from EBSCOhost can be found on the initial page for the ebook. Look in the Tools on the right hand side for Permalink. This link is already set for access from off campus (EMU Proxy.)

Log in problems?

To use library online resources and databases from home

  • Use links on EMU library web site or guides. Going directly to journal or database websites will not usually work.
  • Enter your EMU netID login and password.


Other access problems?

Not a current EMU Student?

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