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E-books at UCLA

Read Ebscohost Books Online

Use these instructions to view available e-books in your web browser. Creating accounts and downloading e-books and additional software are not necessary.

  1. Click on the link above to visit Ebscohost's eBook Collection.
  2. Search for e-books.
  3. Click on the title to see more information about the e-book.
  4. Click on the “PDF Full Text” link on the left side to view a copy of the e-book in your web browser.
  5. Place a hold on the e-book if you are not able to view it because it is already checked out. You will receive an email when it becomes available. If a "place hold" form does not appear, the e-book publisher does not allow holds. You will have to wait until this e-book is returned.
  6. Use the table of contents to navigate the e-book by sections and chapters. Use the bottom navigation bar to navigate page by page or jump to certain pages.

Download and Email Parts of an E-book

Use these instructions if you need to save parts of an e-book, such as a chapter or a range of pages, to view offline later.

  1. Click on the link above to visit Ebscohost's eBook Collection.
  2. You will need to create an Ebscohost account or log into one.
  3. Search for e-books.
  4. Click on the title to see more information about the e-book.
  5. Click the “PDF Full Text” link on the left side of the “Detailed Record” page. (The “Save” link on the right side allows you to save a permanent URL, so you can see this web page later, and save book citation information.)
  6. Place a hold on the e-book if you are not able to view it because it is already checked out. You will receive an email when it becomes available. If a "place hold" form does not appear, the e-book publisher does not allow holds. You will have to wait until this e-book is returned.
  7. Click the “Save Pages” link on the right side of the page to save part of the e-book, or the "E-mail Pages" link below it to e-mail part of the e-book.
  8. Use the table of contents and bottom navigation bar to navigate to the first page of the section or chapter you would like to download or e-mail.
  9. Choose the number of pages or the section (if the option is available) you would like to download or e-mail and click “Save PDF” or "E-mail PDF." (The maximum number of pages you can save or e-mail is determined by the book’s publisher.)

Download Entire Ebscohost E-books

Use these instructions when you need to save an entire e-book to later view offline. E-books in Ebscohost's eBook Collection can be checked out for up to seven days.

You will need to use Adobe Digital Editions to view these e-books offline. Visit the Adobe Digital Editions website link above to download the free software.

  1. Click on the link above to visit Ebscohost's eBook Collection.
  2. You will also need to create an Ebscohost account or log into one.
  3. Search for e-books.
  4. Click the title to see more information about the e-book.
  5. Click “Download This eBook (Offline)” to checkout a copy of the e-book.
  6. Place a hold on the e-book if you are not able to view it because it is already checked out. You will receive an email when it becomes available. If a "place hold" form does not appear, the e-book publisher does not allow holds. You will have to wait until this e-book is returned.
  7. Choose the number of days you would like to have access to the e-book and click “Checkout & Download.”
  8. Your browser will save an ACSM file (named “URLLink” or “URLLink(#)” if you have downloaded more than one ACSM file). An ACSM file is a license for the PDF or EPUB e-book you have checked out.
  9. Click or double click on the ACSM file. Adobe Digital Editions will open and begin to load the e-book, which may take several minutes.
  10. Double click on the title in your Adobe Digital Editions library to view it.
  11. The e-book will remain in your Adobe Digital Editions library for the number of days you chose to check it out. Then it will expire. You can repeat the steps above to download it again.
  12. To return the e-book, right click on the title in your Adobe Digital Editions library and choose “Return Borrowed Item.”

Connect from Off-Campus

Most of the links on these pages go to subscription sources which are accessible from any computer on campus. UCLA students, faculty, and staff can access these sites from off-campus using either the Proxy Server (a simple setting in your browser) or the VPN Client (a program you install on your computer).

For mobile devices: VPN is currently only compatible with iOS and Android enabled devices. Proxy server is not mobile compatible.