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How to log on at GRC: Downloading eBooks

This guide explains how to access your student email, Canvas classes, Microsoft Office, campus computers, and online tools for your education.

Accessing eBooks

Accessing eBooks

Currently enrolled students and Green River faculty can use access the library's eBooks and eBook databases from off-campus.

  • You can access eBooks directly from one of our eBook collections
  • You may also see eBooks as you search the library collection using Holman Library's One Search

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eBooks in library catalog

eBooks from KCLS

Ebook Options from KCLS

As a GRC Student, you can access the online collection at the King County Library System (KCLS)

Databases to consider:
  • Hoopla

Access graphic novels (as well as movies, TV, and music) on your computer or mobile devices. All titles are available with no holds and no waiting. Limit of 10 checkouts each month.

  • Libby App from Overdrive

Get one-tap access to eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, and magazines from OverDrive.

Borrow digital content on your mobile device or eReader by clicking the link below to access the library's database collection. 

  • Choose College Students >> Find Online Services to Use from Home >> Ebooks

Downloading eBooks

Accessing and Downloading ProQuest eBooks

eBooks and eBook chapters can be read online or downloaded to a computer or mobile device.

Some eBooks will have Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions that require additional steps to download and read offline. The resources below can help with the required steps for downloading eBooks with DRM restrictions:

When you find an eBook you wish to read, you will often have the choice of reading the eBook online or downloading the eBook to a computer or mobile device so that it can be read while you are offline:

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buttons to read eBook online or offline

If you wish to download the eBook for offline reading, ProQuest will need to know what type of device you want to download to. You will also need to indicate if you are using a personal device or a public computer. Downloading an eBook from ProQuest will require the installation of eBook reader software and may not be permitted if you are using a shared or organizational device:

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select the device in use

In order to download certain ProQuest eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. You will also need to use Adobe Digital Editions if you want to transfer an eBook to a supported portable eReader device. Adobe Digital Editions is a free download available at the link at the bottom of the page:

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button to download and install Adobe Digital Editions

**The first time you open a book with Adobe Digital Editions you will be asked to "Authorize Your Computer" with an Adobe ID. If you do not already have an Adobe ID, you can create one on the Adobe site. You only need to enter an Adobe ID and password if you want to transfer the book to another device. If you want to authorize your computer without an Adobe ID, check the box at the bottom left corner of the screen: "I want to Authorize my computer without an ID":

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Authorize

After you verify that you’ve installed Adobe Digital Editions, you’ll be asked to select the length of your eBook loan:

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selecting loan length from drop down menu

What happens next depends on your browser. You may see a dialog box asking if you would like to open or save the file. Your browser may also display a downloads bar or box at the top or bottom of your window. Your eBook file should end in .acsm:

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downloads bar in Google Chrome

Clicking on the file should automatically open the eBook in Adobe Digital Editions. The eBook is now available offline for the duration of your checkout.


Many eBooks with DRM restrictions will require users to install Adobe Digital Editions on their computer or mobile device in order to access these eBooks offline. Adobe Digital Editions is also required to transfer these eBooks to supported E-Readers.

The first time you open an eBook with DRM restrictions, Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) will ask you to authorize your computer. The best way to do this is to supply an Adobe ID. If you don’t have an Adobe ID, click the Create an Adobe ID link. After creating the ID on the Adobe website, you can close that browser window, return to ADE, and enter the newly-created Adobe ID.

Accessing and Downloading EBSCO eBooks

eBooks and eBook chapters can be read online or downloaded to a computer or mobile device.

Some eBooks will have Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions that require additional steps to download and read offline. The resources below can help with the required steps for downloading eBooks with DRM restrictions:


Many eBooks with DRM restrictions will require users to install Adobe Digital Editions on their computer or mobile device in order to access these eBooks offline. Adobe Digital Editions is also required to transfer these eBooks to supported E-Readers.

The first time you open an eBook with DRM restrictions, Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) will ask you to authorize your computer. The best way to do this is to supply an Adobe ID. If you don’t have an Adobe ID, click the Create an Adobe ID link. After creating the ID on the Adobe website, you can close that browser window, return to ADE, and enter the newly-created Adobe ID.

BEFORE YOU START: In order to download certain EBSCO eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. You will also need to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer an eBook to a supported portable eReader device. Adobe Digital Editions is a free download available through the link above.

You will also need to create a personal  EBSCO account before you can download EBSCO eBooks to your computer or mobile device. 

Click “Sign In” at the top right corner of your EBSCO window:

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EBSCO sign in

Click “Sign up” on the log in screen:

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EBSCO account sign up link

 Create your account:

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EBSCO account creation screen

 

When you find an eBook you wish to download, click the “Full Download” button at the top right corner.

*you can also read the eBook online using EBSCO’s browser-based reader on your computer or mobile device. There’s no need to download special software or hardware with this option.

 

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Full download button

 

Select the duration of the download and format.

· You can access the downloaded eBook for 1-7 days

· eBook format is either PDF or EPUB

Verify that you have installed Adobe Digital Editions:

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eBook download details

After you click the “Full Download” button (see above) you will see a successful check-out box that verifies:

· How long the book is available

· Viewing Requirements

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Ebsco eBook checkout box

 

What happens next depends on your browser. You may see a dialog box asking if you would like to open or save the file. Your browser may also display a downloads bar or box at the top or bottom of your window. Your eBook file should end in .acsm:

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Download bar in Chrome

 

Clicking on the file should automatically open the eBook in Adobe Digital Editions. The eBook is now available offline for the duration of your checkout.