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EBSCO eBooks on a PC/MAC



How do I view EBSCO eBooks on my computer?

Alternate Question:

How do I view EBSCO eBooks on a MAC?  How do I view EBSCO eBooks on a Chromebook?


See the full guide for downloading and reading on a computer here.

Note: In order to download eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. We recommend ensuring you have the most recent version of Digital Editions installed. This is a free download available at

To download an eBook:

Click the Full Download icon for the eBook you would like to download.

If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you are prompted to do so.

Select a Download duration from the drop-down menu and confirm that you have Adobe® Digital Editions or equivalent reader software installed. (If you are on a tablet device, you must confirm that you have Adobe Digital Editions or an equivalent reader app installed.)

Note: For some titles, you may see the option to select either the PDF or EPUB format for an eBook.


When downloading an eBook using the Chrome browser, the download will not automatically open but appears in the download bar at the bottom of the browser as URLLink.acsm. Click the download in the bar and select Open to open the eBook or select Always open files of this type to automatically open future EBSCO eBooks downloads in ADE.

Placing a Hold on an eBook:

If the eBook you have chosen to download is in use by another patron, and if your library offers Holds capabilities, you have the opportunity to place a hold on the eBook to download when it becomes available. Sign into your personal My EBSCOhost folder account (if not already signed in) and click Place Hold to be notified when that eBook is available for you to download.

The eBook is placed in the Holds area of your My EBSCOhost Folder. When the eBook is available, you are notified via the e-mail address associated with your account and the eBook appears in the Checkouts area of your folder.

After you check-out and download your eBook:

You may choose to transfer your eBook to your Adobe Digital Editions-compatible eBook Reader device.

You can re-download the eBook from your My EBSCOhost folder at any time during your checkout period.


To Checkout an eBook with the option to download at a later time:

Click the Full Download icon for the eBook you would like to download.

Select a Download duration from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.

If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you will be prompted to do so.

Select Cancel from the resulting dialog box.

The eBook has been added to the Checkouts area of the folder and can be downloaded at a later time.

Note: Users may also checkout an eBook for download at a later time.

  • Click the Full Download button.

    The eBook is added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface.

  • Select to Open or Save the file from the resulting dialog box.

    If you Open the file, your eBook is opened with Adobe® Digital Editions.

    If you Save the file, the eBook is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe® Digital Editions at a later time.

  • When a downloaded eBook is opened, it is displayed in Adobe® Digital Editions.

Instructions updated March 9, 2021 by EBSCOConnect Knowledge Base.

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