With access to ebooks from over 200 databases, there are a wealth of options available to help you find the information you need when you need it most. There are two ways to access ebooks in our collections: through the UCF Libraries catalog or by going to the specific database that contains the book you need.
There are multiple ways to find ebooks using our libraries' catalog. First, you can use the search box at the top of this page.
Second, you can limit your search in our catalog to online resources:
A complete list of databases that include ebooks can be found at: https://guides.ucf.edu/az.php?t=2245
All of the ebooks available through UCF libraries can be read on a PC or Mac.
Many of our eBooks can be downloaded and read on your computer or device. Some vendors will require you to use Adobe Digital Editions to download books. You will need an Adobe ID and Adobe Digital Editions or another App such as BlueFire Reader to access these books.
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.
There are several different options vendors can choose from when it comes to how library users can access ebooks. If you are having problems accessing an ebook it may be for one of the following reasons:
Still no luck? Ask a librarian!
Now that you've got what you need from the ebook you downloaded, how can you return it so that someone else can use it?
If you downloaded a book from an Ebsco database to read offline and you want to return it before it's due, you will need to return it through the Adobe Digital Editions app.
Checking in eBooks in Adobe Digital Editions
To check in an eBook before the check out period has expired:
Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.
On the Library View screen of Adobe Digital Editions, hold your pointer over the eBook you would like to check in and click the arrow in the top left corner.
Click Return Borrowed Item.
Click the Return button to confirm you would like to return the eBook.
The eBook is checked in and removed from your Library View screen and is available to other patrons.