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Learn how to access the Libraries' ebook collections.

EBSCO eBooks

Rider University has subscription access to EBSCO's eBooks Academic Collection, as well as purchased eBook titles. These titles are discoverable in:

Access is restricted to current Rider students, faculty, and staff. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your Rider Key.

You can view the PDF of the book in the EBSCO interface without having to fully download it by using the built-in browser viewer. Download chapter by chapter.


In order to download the entire book onto your desktop or mobile device, you will need to


1. Create a separate My EBSCOHost personalized account.

  • It's easy! Connect using your Rider Google account.

2. Download special e-reader software and authorize it.

You can view the PDF or epub of the eBook right in your browser without signing in or downloading.

  • Navigate using the Table of Contents on the left side of the screen or arrows at the bottom of the reader.
  • Use the Permalink link in the upper middle of the screen to directly link to this book.
    • Do not use URL in the browser, as this is session-specific and will expire.
  • Limited copy/pasting and printing is available due to copyright restrictions.
    • Open a new session (window or browser) to reset the page count for print/e-mail/save.
  • Save/share/download as PDF to desktop, email, Google Drive, and more.
    • Chapter-by-chapter or by a range of pages.
  • In order to download the entire eBook, you have to log in to a separate, personalized EBSCO account
    • See the tab above: "Create a MyEBSCOHost Account" 
    • Full downloads are in a special format (not PDF), so free Adobe Reader software is required. This is because of copyright and digital rights management (DRM) by publishers.

Arrows point to different parts of the interface. Download by chaper is in the left panel. Full Download is in the upper right of the screen. Top menu options include save pages, email pages, print pages, as well as the permalink, the permanent link back to the ebook open in the PDF viewer. In the lower right the plus and minus buttons are for resizing, and the four arrows icon is read full screen.

Due to cost or publisher restrictions, some of our ebooks are purchased as 1-user-at-a-time.

At the bottom of the full record screen for the ebook you will see a note that indicates "Concurrent User Level: Limited User Access (1 copies available)


"Concurent user level: Limited User Access (1 copies available)"

This means that if someone is currently viewing that ebook within their browser or has the book checked out, you will be denied access until the current user is finished, that is, closes the in-browser eBook viewer for that title or checks the title back in.


View eBook Full Text. Sorry this eBook is in use. Please try again later.


If this happens, check back later.

  • For ease of access, email yourself the citation, which contains the permalink to the book, or copy the Permalink to the title.
    • Under Tools menu, right hand side of screen, click on the Permalink option.
    • Copy the text in the popup box that appears at the top of the screen.
  • If you have repeated problems accessing the title, contact a librarian. We may be alerted to purchase another copy for you.


Permalink is highlighted in Tools menu, righthand side of screen, the 9th (last) option. The Permalink pop up box is highlighted in the center of the screen, where a textbox displays the link to be copied.


1-user eBooks can now be downloaded in their entirety onto a device ("Full Download").  See Log in for Full Download/Checkout above for instructions.

Certain titles, however, may be placed on "reserve" and thus have downloaded disabled--this is to ensure maximum access to the title.

If this is the case, you can read/search the book in the in-browser viewer or download chapter by chapter or by page numbers.


Ebook reader view of the book Creating Multicultural Change on Campus. Highlighted with a green square and a mouse pointer is "Ebook availability" 0 of 1 copies available." In the upper righthand corner the "Full Download" icon is enclosed with a green box and a mouse pointer. In the middle of the screen is a dialogue box that says "Sorry, this title is not available for download. Please view this title online."

In order to download EBSCO eBooks to your computer or device you must create a personal My EBSCOhost account.

NOTE: Some 1-user ebooks may not be available for "Full Download" on to a device. Please read in the eBook viewer, where you can download chapter-by-chapter or page range.

To create a personal account:

  1. Access Library One Search  or any EBSCOhost database and click the “Sign In” link along the top of the page.
  2. NEW! Sign in with Google.
  • Use your Rider gmail or your personal gmail.
  •  If you have a non-Google MyEBSCOHost account and want to switch to a Google-linked account for convenience, you can merge your old account with your new account! See the instructions here.


Click “Don't have an account? Create one now."

Enter the relevant information and remember your Username and Password.

Note: EBSCO requires a strong password. Your password meets the requirements when the red X turns into green checkmark. You must have:

  • 1 number
  • 1 special character
  • 6 character minimum
  • Use your new Username and Password to log in to My EBSCOhost.


Screenshot of EBSCO log in screen, showing a link to sign with your Google account or to sign in with a name and password. A link at the bottom is for creating a new account.


Screenshot of  "Don't have an account? Create one now" page, which shows boxes for first name, last name, email, confirm email,  password, username, and password. There is an red x next to the password box that turns into a green checkmark when the password requirements are met.

In order to download an entire eBook from EBSCO using the "Full Download" option from the e-viewer screen, you first have to:

  • sign in to or create a My EBSCOhost  account
  • download Adobe Digital Editions and authorize your computer via Adobe (create a free account).
    • This is how EBSCO manages copyright and digital rights management (DRM)
    • 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 at this link:
Note: Certain select 1-user-at-a-time ebooks cannot be downloaded (those deemed "on reserve" or meant for reference purposes). Please read these in the e-viewer or download chapter-by-chapter or by page range.

1.  Either click on the Sign In or Create Account link in the window that appears when you click on download.

Pop up window says: Download eBook (Borrow): Please sign in to your My EBSCOhost account to check availability and download. Link: Sign In / Create Account.


Or click on the Sign In link in the upper right hand menu.

The Sign In menu link is circled in red. It is the most left item in the menu in the upper right of the database screen


2. If you do not already have an account with EBSCO, you will need to create one. You can sign in with Google, using your Rider email. 

  • Note: If you created an account prior to October 2018, continue to use that log in if you want to access your existing information. Signing in with Google will create a NEW account and will NOT link your two accounts, unfortunately, even if your email address is the same. :(
  • Setting up an account with EBSCO allows you to save items in folders across databases from session to session, as well as download eBooks.


3. Once you are logged in, you will see this window, where you can checkout and download the title.

Download ebook (Borrow). To borrow this eBook, you will need to select a download duration and choose a format (if applicable). Download format: PDF (recommended for desktop; epub (recommended for mobile devices. I have Adobe Digitial Editions or equivalent installed.


4. When you click the Checkout & Download button, this confirmation appears.

Download eBook (Borrow). Success! Your file...has downloaded and will be available for 4 weeks. Download again. Viewing requirements. Desktop. Adobe Digital Editions is required to view this eBook offline. For more information on viewing requirements and applications, visit our help page. Back. Close..


5. A window should also open concurrently with your file to download. [If you have previously downloaded Adobe Digital Editions (or an Adobe-compatible app), the .acsm file should be automatically associated with that program.]

Dialogue box opens: Opening .acsm link, which is Adobe Content Server Message from  [web address]. What should Firefox do with this file? Open With: Adobe Digital Editions, Save File. OK, Cancel.


6. When the file opens in Adobe Digital Editions for the first time, you will need to enter your Adobe ID. If you do not already have an Adobe ID, you can create one by clicking on the link.

  • You can also authorize your computer without creating an Adobe ID, but you won't be able to transfer files from this device to another. This shouldn't be a problem, because you can download the ebook from your MyEBSCOHost account again.

Dialogue box opens. Authorize your Computer. Create an Adobe ID. I want to authorize my computer without an Adobe ID.



7. Once you log in, you will be able to proceed. This includes reading eBooks on this computer and transferring them between devices.



8. Your book will load in Adobe Digital Editions.


Adobe Digital Editions opens. The book is in the center panel.


9. In Adobe Digital Editions, right click on the book to get more information about it, such as how many days are left in the checkout and options to return it:


Adobe Digital Editions with information on Last Read book and items on the bookshelf are visible.


  • You can also do this by going to the File menu and selecting Item Info.

Item Info shows book with author, publisher, added date, last read date and time, with the following buttons: Read, Return, Close. The location of the file on the computer is displayed below these buttons, with permissions of the book: licensed to, viewing (on any device), copying (60 pages), printing (60 pages) and time and date..


10.  You can view all of your checked out eBooks in your MyEBSCOHost account. You can link to this account from the eBook.

My Folder screen in MyEBSCOHost account shows the listing of the book, the time remaining on the check out, the PDF Full Text link (to read on screen) and the Download (offline) button to download the title again.

To return a downloaded/checked out book, you need to do so within Adobe Digital Editions itself (or Bluefire Reader).

Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions and view your bookshelf.
    • Be sure you are in "Library" view. (If you are actively reading the ebook, click the Library back button in the upper left-hand of the screen.
  2. Under Bookshelves, select "Borrowed"
  3. Select (highlight) the ebook to be returned.
  4. Right click the ebook to be returned to open the options menu
  5. Select "Return Borrowed Item."Open Adobe Digital Editions and view your bookshelf.


  1. Adobe Digital Editions Library screen, with the follwing items activated: Bookshelves, "Borrowed," the book to be returned has been right clicked on. The menu option "Return Borrowed Item" is highlighted.

BlueFire Reader (no longer supported by EBSCO)

  1. File menu: Select Return Loan.


BlueFire reader screen with File menu open and Return Loan, selected. The cover of the book is displayed in the middle of the screen.


2. A dialogue box opens. Select "Return."

Diaglog pop up box says "Return Book. Are you sure you want to permanently remove this book from your library? Button options are cancel and return..

Need more help? There are short tutorial videos and links to the mobile app and various readers on EBSCO's User guide here.