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How do I find eBooks at FGCU Library?

You can search the library catalog for keywords or titles, and then use the Format facets/limits on the left side to limit to books and then online resources.

You can search collections of eBooks like ProQuest, IEEE or Springer by going to the databases page. Then select “eBooks” as a database type from the middle drop down menu to see our ebook collections.

How can I use eBooks from FGCU?

All eBooks, regardless of provider, can be viewed on a computer with an internet browser. There is always an option to view the book right inside of a browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, IE, etc.) even on a tablet or a phone. Most eBooks also offer options to download portions or the entire book for offline or full screen viewing.


Are eBooks always available?

Some eBooks may only be viewed by one person at a time and will become available soon after the first user closes the book or becomes inactive while using the book. Some eBooks can be checked out like print books and will be unavailable while the book is checked out. When you go to view a book or check a book out, it will tell you if the book is unavailable at that time.

 Example of an “availability” message on an eBook:

ebbok showing its available


Can I download an eBook from FGCU to my computer, e-reader, or mobile device?

Yes, many eBooks in the FGCU Library can be downloaded in part or in full to be viewed offline. When you find an eBook you want to read, the downloading options are usually presented to you within the information page for that book in EBSCO, Proquest, or other eBook platform.

Example of an “availability and permissions” message on an eBook:

ebook permissions

ebbok showing its available

Books in JSTOR can just be downloaded as PDFs.  Remember that you can simply view eBooks online without downloading, if you don’t want an offline option.

To download books from a provider like EBSCO or ProQuest eBook Central, do steps 1-3 first:

  1. Create an Adobe account (click here to create an account, click here for existing Adobe Members)
  2. Download a reader for your book:
  3. Authenticate/activate reader with your Adobe ID.
  4. Once you have done the proceeding 3 steps, you will be ready to download full books from most eBook providers. Each eBook provider will also ask you to log-in or create a unique user account in their platform to track your checkouts.
    • EBSCO will ask you to create MyEBSCOhost account to download books.
    • eBrary will ask you to create an eBrary account
    • EBL will ask for your FGCU 14 digit ID number to sign in. Community Borrowers will not be able to access EBL books.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions for downloading in each provider platform.
    These instructions should work for most eBooks that allow full downloads and for most devices. If you are trying to download an eBook onto a device that does not have wireless internet capability or otherwise does not work with the instructions given, please refer to the help documents for each eBook platform or contact a librarian at or (239) 590-7630.


Platform specific information for Proquest, EBSCO, and other eBooks.

ProQuest eBook Central
ProQuest eBook Central books can be read in the browser and most can be downloaded for offline access with a digital-rights management enabled reader (Adobe Digital Editions, Bluefire Reader).
To learn all about ProQuest eBook Central books and how to use them, see ProQuest’s online guide.

EBSCO eBooks
Almost all EBSCO books can be read in the browser or downloaded. Most books checkout for up to 7 days. To checkout and download entire books, users must create a free MyEBSCOhost account. Users may download entire books using a secured reader (Adobe Digital Editions, Bluefire Reader). Availability for full download depends on publisher limitations and each book will clearly indicate its permissions for download, printing, and saving.

Fully detailed help is available from EBSCO.

Other Providers (ABC-CLIO, Cambridge, CRC, Gale Virtual Reference, IEEE, MyiLibrary)
There are many other providers of ebooks that can be found in the FGCU Library catalog and databases. Many of these providers will allow you to save PDF files of portions of the books. Some may only provide HTML text of book chapters or entries. HMTL text can be copied and pasted into other documents for offline reading.


I can only see the first page of an ebook OR  a new PDF opens every time I turn a page.

This is probably due to a setting in Adobe Reader (or your PDF reader). To get the right viewing experience you will want to set PDFs to open within the browser window.  To ensure ebooks are displayed in the ebook viewer in the browser window:

  1. Launch Adobe Reader.
  2. Click the Edit menu in the toolbar at the top of Adobe Reader.
  3. Select Preferences from the drop-down list of options.
  4. Select Internet in the left-column of the resulting menu.
  5. Mark the check box Display PDF in browser.
  6. Click OK.

eBooks now display in the eBook viewer without displaying individual PDFs for each page.


I downloaded a book into Adobe Digital Editions (or other reader app on my mobile device) and now it says it is expired. How do I access the book again?

You will need to go back to the place where you originally downloaded the book and check it out and download it again. Try searching the FGCU Library catalog for the title of the book to get back to the eBook.


Need Help?

Call the Reference Desk 239-590-7630 or Text Us 239-676-0840