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Learn how to access the Libraries' ebook collections.

EBSCO eBooks

You can access Rider Univeristy's subscription EBSCO eBooks Academic Collection through:

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


In order to download the title 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 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 PDF browser.
  • Use the Permalink link in the upper right top to directly link to this PDF (not the URL in the browser).
  • Limited copy/pasting and printing is available due to copyright restrictions.
  • Save/share/download as PDF to desktop, email, Google Drive, and more.
  • In order to download the eBook, you have to log in to a separate, personalized EBSCO account (see the next tab!)

Downloads are in a special format (not PDF), so free software is needed. This is because of copyright and digital rights management (DRM).




Some of our ebooks are purchased as 1-user-at-a-time.

This means that if someone is currently viewing that ebook within their browser (or has it downloaded), you will be denied access until the current user is finished (closes the tab for that title) or the book is returned from their ebook reader.


View eBook Full Text. Sorry this eBook is in use. Currently, 0 other users are in the hold queue for this eBook. Please sign in to place a hold on this eBook. Sign In/Create Account.


If this happens, you can either:

1. Check back later. For ease of access, 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.


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.



2. Place a hold, which will alert you by email when the title becomes available.

  • Your hold lasts one hour.

Download eBook (Borrow). Place Hold. You will be notified when the book is available at this email addresses. Options: Cancel and Place Hold.

Create a My EBSCOhost Account

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

NOTE, 2/7/20: Due to an EBSCO setting issue, all ebooks are currently set for 1-hour download. We hope to have this restriction lifted soon.

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 eBook from EBSCO, you first have to sign in to or create a My EBSCOhost  account, and then 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:

1.  Either click on the sign in or Create a new 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.

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.


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.]


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.



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.


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:


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


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

Return a downloaded/checked out book within Adobe Digital Editions itself (or Bluefire Reader).

Adobe Digital Editions:

  • 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.
  • Under Bookshelves, select "Borrowed"
  • Select (highlight) the ebook to be returned.
  • Right click the ebook to be returned to open the options menu
  • 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

  1. File menu: Select Return Loan.


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.