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Finding and Downloading eBooks

Finding eBooks

UCF has an extensive collection of eBooks from thousands of publishers, hosted on more than a dozen sites. The catalog and QuickSearch provide the most comprehensive listing of ebooks available to UCF. Use the search form above to find eBooks in the catalog.

For information about many of the eBook sources click on the tabs above this box. To go directly to the many databases that contain eBooks, see the database list lower on this page.

Using UCF eBooks

  • All of the eBooks can be accessed via a standard browser on a PC or laptop so long as you connect via EZproxy or the campus network.
  • Some eBooks can be downloaded onto mobile devices and eBook readers. The exact steps and the check-out period vary. Some of our eBooks offer DRM-free access. For DRM-free you only need a UCF NID to download or read the eBook, and any number of UCF users can read/download the book at the same time.
    • DRM-Free eBook Sources: Springer, Oxford, Cambridge, Synthesis Digital, Wiley, T&F and some publishers allow you to download the book or chapter as a DRM-free PDF
    • DRM-Protected eBooks. EBSCO eBooks, EBL, eBrary, and a few other eBook sources allow users to download to eReaders, but require you to have an Adobe Digital Editions account. You typically will be able to read the eBook for a short period, and a limited number of people can use the book at one time. See more information below.

Downloading eBooks

Many of our eBooks can be downloaded easily by UCF students and employee as PDFs with no digital rights management or special accounts required. Some require these extra steps.

  1. Make sure you have your Adobe ID.  To get an ID or to change or reset your password, go to the  site and click Sign In.
  2. Install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer device and create a personal account, OR
    Install BlueFire Reader for your Kindle, iPad, or other tablet.
  3. Once you find an eBook, follow any instructions from the host site to view or download the eBook. 

In most cases that will get the content onto your Kindle or other reader. For some eBooks you will have the content for a limited time – either 24 hour or 7 days.  Also, most of the EBSCO eBooks only allow one person to use the book at a time, and a person can check the eBook out for up to 7 days.

Best wishes and happy reading.

Links to UCF's e-Book Sources