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eBooks FAQs

  • Can I read an eBook online?

Yes, you can read eBooks online. Some eBook vendors provide a Read Online option to view the eBook and loan the title to print or copy from it.

  • How long can I borrow an eBook?

The borrowing limits depends on each vendor. See eBook Collections@CSU Library for information on loan periods in our major eBook collections.

  • Can I download an eBook to my computer?

Yes, some eBooks can be downloaded but conditions vary between different eBook vendors. For more information on downloading conditions visit the eBook collections webpage.

  • Is there a charge for downloading an eBook?

No, there is no charge for CSU staff and students who wish to access and download an eBook from the CSU Library eBook collections.

  • Do I need special software to download eBooks? 

Yes, for DRM protected eBooks you will need to install free software called Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your computer or Bluefire reader on your personal portable devices such as smart-phones, tablets. ADE licence restrictions limit the installation for any particular person to a maximum of six devices.

ADE cannot be used in the computer lab or library as these machines are not associated with a single individual. The download option is more suitable for personal PCs, laptops or tablets rather than ‘public’ computers.

NOTE: For DRM free eBooks no special software is required. You can download individual chapters of an eBook in pdf format.

  • Can I print from an eBook?

Yes, you can print eBooks but the quantity may vary between eBook vendors. See the eBook Collections webpage for more information. In case there is no limit specified the item is subjected to fair dealing provisions of copyright act (10% or one chapter, whichever is greater).

  • Can I access an eBook multiple times?

Yes, you can access an eBook multiple times. Exception – if the eBook falls under restricted user access in which case you have to wait till the eBook is available.

  • Can more than one person access an eBook at once?

The number of concurrent users varies between eBook vendors. See the eBook Collections webpage for more information.

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