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E-Books at the University of Manitoba Libraries: EBSCOhost

Connect to EBSCOhost ebooks

What ebook readers can I use?

You can download an EBSCOhost ebook to any device that supports Adobe Digital Editions—see: Adobe Digital Editions list of compatible devices.

You cannot download books using the Download option for older Kindles becauseorted-devices. Kindle does not support Adobe Digital Editions. They can be read on a Kindle Fire using the Bluefire Reader app.

To download an ebook to your ereader:

1.  Install the free Adobe Digital Editions and create an Adobe ID for Adobe Digital Editions.

2.  Download the book to your computer.

3.  Connect your device and drag the book from your library to the icon representing your ereader.


What are EBSCOhost ebooks?

EBSCOhost's ebook collection provides access to a growing collection of electronic books from various publishers.

EBSCOhost contains ebook titles that can be read online using your desktop computer web browser, or by downloading them to your PC, Mac, laptop, most e-reader devices, tablet, Android device, iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

You can browse or search the entire collection, and preview as many books as you'd like. You can read it online or download it for offline viewing on your PC, or onto your mobile device. You can continue to read the book using either online or via download during the time it is checked out to you.

Using EBSCO ebooks

To preview or research online you do not need to download the book.  Click on PDF Full Text or EPub (if available).

EBSCO ebook download and read online options


1.  Download Adobe Digital Editions.

2.  Click on the Download button that appears when you are viewing an ebook.

3.  Select the format, ePub is recommended if there is a choice between PDF and ePub.  EPUB is an open eBook standard and file format that is optimized for viewing on devices. It automatically resizes to fit your screen and when you adjust font size. 

4.  After the file has downloaded go to Adobe Digital Editions,  Your book should now appear in the Library. 

Help Sheet


If a copy of the EBSCOhost ebook is currently in use a hold can be placed on the title.  Once the ebook is returned you will be notified by email that it is available and the book will be held for you for three days. 

When the title is available you will receive an email and you will see the title under the My Checkouts section in your EBSCOhost account. 

You don’t need to return downloaded e-books, but you can. Some ebooks are only available for one user and returning the book will free up the book for another user.  Returning a single-user downloaded e-book will make it once again available to others.

To return an e-book early:

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Right-click on the title you wish to return early
  3. Select “Return Borrowed Item”
  4. Click “OK”

To removed an expired e-book from your list:

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Right-click on the title that is expired and you want to remove from your listing
  3. Select “Remove from Library”
  4. Click “OK”

What's the difference between ePub and PDF formats?

EPub is a file format that automatically resizes to fit your screen. This format allows you to adjust your font size and is recommended for downloading, especially when using eReaders or mobile devices. 

PDFs are not re-flowable so their text size cannot be adjusted to suit different screen sizes.


Downloading EBSCO eBooks to your mobile device

Downloading EBSCO ebooks to your computer