Instructions for using E-Books
E-Books are accessed via OneSearch. Search “Everything” or limit to “Books,” then limit to “Full Text Online” to see just E-Books.
From on-campus computers: as before, click on the link in our online catalog.
From off-campus computers:sign in using your Hollins network credentials (the same username/password for logging into email).
To read online: Click on “eBook Full Text” in the left menu.
Downloading E-Books: iPad, iPhone, Android, or Kindle (NOTE: Kindle PaperWhite is not supported by EBSCO eBooks)
1. Create an Adobe Online ID.
2. Download the Bluefire Reader app to your iPad/iPhone/Android.
3. Open the Bluefire Reader app on your iPad/iPhone/Android and authorize it by entering the Adobe Online ID you created in step 1 (you should be prompted to authorize automatically once you open the Bluefire app).
4. After accessing EBSCO e-books, click on “Sign In” (upper right corner). On the Sign In page, click on Create New Account. This will create your personal EBSCO account that you will use to download/check out e-books.
5. Find an EBSCO eBook that you want to download. You will click on the “View this eBook (Off-Campus)” link (even if you are on campus) and enter your network credentials (the same username/password for logging into email).
6. Click “Sign In” and sign in with the EBSCO username and password you created in step 4.
7. Click on the “Download This eBook (Offline)” link and then click on “Checkout & Download” button.
8. A new screen will pop up with the Bluefire Reader logo. Click on the ‘Open in “Bluefire” button’. This will automatically begin downloading the eBook into the Bluefire Reader app. This may take a few minutes.
Downloading E-Books: Nook
1. Download Adobe Digital Editions, and create an Adobe Online ID when prompted.
2. After accessing EBSCO e-books, click on “Sign In” (upper right corner). On the Sign In page, click on Create New Account. This will create your personal EBSCO account that you will use to download/check out e-books.
3. When looking at an e-book in EBSCO, click on the “Download This eBook (Offline)” link and then click on “Checkout & Download” button. (You will be asked how many days, 1-7, you want to check out the book for).
4. You should then be prompted to save the book to Adobe Digital Editions.
5. Connect your Nook to the computer through its USB cable. You should see the Nook appear in Adobe Digital Editions (on the left side, in the listing of bookshelves, underneath all items/borrowed/purchased/recently read). If you don’t see the Nook, click on the icon in the top left corner of Digital Editions to “Go to Library View.”
6. With your mouse, drag the book to the Nook. It will be copied onto your Nook immediately. You will have access to the book on your Nook for the number of days you determined in step 3.
Checking E-Books Out
Once you have used your my EBSCOhost account to download an E-Book to your computer or e-reader, it is checked out to you. The check-out period lasts 28 days. After 28 days, the book will disappear from your device to once again become available to other borrowers.
EBSCO E-Books can be downloaded to the iPad, iPhone, Barnes & Noble Nook, all four Sony Digital Readers (PRS-300, 505, 600, 700 and 900), as well as the COOL-ER.
Contact the Reference Desk at at 540-362-7465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.