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Ebook Central - Expanding Your Research Options

Ebook Central (available from the Library's databases page) offers authoritative ebooks on a wide range of subject areas, along with powerful tools to help you find, use, and manage the information you need.

Besides being able to download books to your own device, some other features* include

  • saving books to your bookshelf
  • highlighting
  • adding notes to a page
  • adding bookmarks on pages
  • printing**
  • copying**

Set aside time to explore Ebook Central.  You will certainly find resources for more than one research project and in more than one discipline.

*You will need to create your own account in Ebook Central in order to use these features.  They are free. You must use your MAC email address when you are asked to create a user name.
**There are limits on the number of pages that can be printed and/or copied in Ebook Central due to copyright restrictions.

Downloading Books from Ebook Central

Once you have created your account Ebook Central allows you to download books to your computer or mobile device for a loan period that you select.

In order to read these books, your device must have Adobe Digital Editions or another app that supports Adobe DRM. 

DRM stands for digital rights management. Simply put, it is digital protections for those that hold the copyrights for a specific book. DRM prevents that book from being shared or otherwise distributed without the copyright holder's consent.


Ebook Central Tour from the MAC Library

Searching in Ebook Central


  • Additional videos on the various features of of Ebook Central can be found on YouTube simply by entering "Ebook Central" into the search box.
  • Extensive help is available in the Ebook Central database itself.  Just click on the "?" icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  • The Support Center is accessible from the Help page and offers more helpful information.

Check out an Electronic Book


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An Advanced Sample Search on Ebook Central

Using the advanced search feature and limiting the search to the LC Subject Heading field (chosen from the drop-down menu) returned the search results below.  Similar to searching in our online book catalog, Ebook Central will suggest other subject terms that will help you to narrow your results.

A search for books on the LC Subject Heading Genetics produced 207 documents.  By choosing the subject Medical/Genetics from the column on the left side of the page, the number of results was reduced to 33, thus narrowing the broad topic of Genetics and producing a more focused list of books from which to choose.

This search was run in March 2020. The number of documents may be different when you do your search as new books are being added to this database on a regular basis.