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Everything you need to know to use the e-books in our collections, including OverDrive or free e-books on the Web.

Ebook Central, formerly ebrary

McQuade Library subscribes to Ebook Central's Academic Complete collection and actively selects additional ebooks as needed.

Once you have located an EbookCentral/ebrary e-book in our catalog, an Access to EbookCentral for Merrrimack College link will take you to the book at  Ebook Central's site. Below are tips for using EbookCentral/ebrary books. More information can be found at ProQuest's EbookCentral guide.  

You can also download this information as a handout.


Understanding an ebrary Record

When looking at a record pay special attention to:

  • Availability: Some e-books can be used by an unlimited number of users at the same time, while others can only be used by one user at a time.  This section will let you know the viewing restrictions.
  • Available for Online Reading: This section will let you know how many pages you can print or copy from the e-book.
  • Available for Download: This section will let you know if the book is currently available for download.

Reading Online

Step One: Click on the 'Read Online' button that appears below the book. 

Note: If this button is greyed out, the book is likely limited to one user at a time and is presently in use.



Step Two: Use the left side column to search the contents of the book or jump to a particular section.



Step Three: Use the top icons to print, copy, share, highlight etc.

Note: You may be asked to sign in with your library barcode and password to perform some functions.




Step Four: Scroll the content in the right hand column to "turn the page" and navigate from page to page.

Downloading an E-book to a Mac/PC

Step One: Click on the 'Download' button.

Note: If the download button is greyed out, then this item cannot be downloaded.  You may still be able to read it online.



 Step Two: Click 'Continue' when the signin window appears.



Step Three: Enter your library barcode (the number on the back of your MACK Card) and your library password.


Step Four: Click on the 'Download' button one more time.



Step Five: Select one the bubbles and click 'Continue.'



Step Six: Click the link to download Adobe Digital Editions if you have not done so before.


Note: You will be taken to Adobe's page and asked to download software that will allow you to read the e-book on your computer.


Step Seven: Once you have downloaded and installed Adobe Digital Editions, click on 'Done with this step' to proceed to the screen below where you will click 'Download Your Book.'


Step Eight: Once your item item has downloaded it should open in Adobe Digital Editions on your desktop.

Using Read Online Only Ebooks - EbookCentral

Using Read Online Only/1-User Ebooks in EbookCentral

Most of EbookCentral ebooks can be downloaded for offline reading and a certain amount can be printed to PDF.  However, publishers, or cost, put restrictions on other books so they cannot be downloaded.  Instead, read online and Sign In to use special features such as, printing to pdf (sometimes restricted), highlighting, adding comments, bookmarks, and creating a bookshelf for return reading.  

In the screen below, Sign Out indicated that you are logged into Ebook Central and now can use printing/downloading, etc. 
If on campus, you may need to Sign In - use your Merrimack username/password.

Under "Read Online" it says that this book cannot be downloaded, but you can print/download to pdf up to 221 pages.  
If you Add to Bookshelf, the book will be on your Bookshelf the next time you Sign In, and your added highlights, comments, and bookmarks will be saved.  

Click Read Online or one of the chapter titles to open the book.


Once you start Reading online, the icons show options - see image below.

From left to right the icons indicate:

  • Download (greyed out here since not available)
  • PDF for saving chapters
  • Copy - to copy text, but note that you can print more than you can copy.
  • Printer - for printing select pages to pdf or to a printer.
  • Add to Bookshelf  - greyed out here since alreadyed added
  • Share - to get the booklink
  • Get Citation
  • Highlight a passage
  • Add a Comment
  • Bookmark a page
  • Zoom in
  • Zoom out
  • Zoom

Screen view of open Ebook Central book.


ACLS Humanities Ebooks

This electronic resource includes over 5000 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. Areas include: African, American, Asian, Latin American, European (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern), Middle Eastern, World/Comparative, Byzantine/Mediterranean and Australasian/Oceanian history, plus history of the Native Peoples of the Americas and of Science and Technology. Plus archaeology, art history, folklore, religion, musicology, and political science.

Using EBSCO Ebooks