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eBooks @ Melbourne Polytechnic Library: Welcome

Libguide detailing the use of eBook resources from the Melbourne Polytechnic Library

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Simple list of steps

The steps to download and read an ebook vary depending on whether you are reading the ebook on your own computer/laptop or a mobile device (tablet/phone), or a Library computer.

Some common steps include;

  • Find an eBook through FindIt@
  • Read it in your browser or download it.
  • Open with Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Download or transfer onto an ereader device.
  • Download to an Apple device and read with Bluefire application.

(You will need to know your Library Borrower ID and Library Password).

Frequently asked questions

**If you are using a Melbourne Polytechnic computer in the library you have to read ebooks online, you cannot download them**

Which browser should I use?   Internet Explorer is preferred. Others may not function correctly.

How long can I borrow an eBook for?    For up to 14 days.

How many eBooks can I borrow?   Up to five eBooks.

Can I renew?    No, eBooks cannot be renewed for downloaded titles. But if there are no Holds on the eBook, you may check it out again.

Can I return an eBook?    Downloaded eBooks can be checked-in before the end of the checkout period if you are using Adobe Digital Editions.

Can I read on multiple devices?    If you have downloaded an eBook onto your computer for reading in “Offline” mode via Adobe Digital Editions, you may transfer it to a supported eReader device. (Adobe ID must match). Read the helpsheet. 

Can I place a hold on an EBSCO eBook that is checked out?    You can place a hold on an eBook has been borrowed by another user. You can download it when it becomes available. Enter your email address in the field provided and click the Place Hold button. The eBook is placed in the Holds area of your My EBSCOhost Folder. When the eBook has been returned, you will be sent an email, and the eBook appears in the Checkouts area of your folder. The eBook will be available to be downloaded for three days.

Can I save or print pages of an EBSCO eBook?   You can usually save or print up to a specified limit in the eBook Viewer or in Adobe Digital Editions. (Follow the onscreen instructions).

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