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    EBSCOhost interface
This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Screencast tutorials available for this resource database provides Get VText links

Ebooks on EBSCOhost

The Virginia Tech Libraries provide nearly 50,000 ebooks on the EBSCOhost platform, of which only 1100 are not downloadable for offline/e-reader viewing.

Unlike many other ebooks sites, Ebooks on EBSCOhost only allows one user to access an ebook at any given time. While an ebook is being viewed by a user, or while it is checked out or downloaded by a user, no other person can use that ebook. (You can place a hold on these in-use ebooks and be notified when they are available for your use.)


You can create a My EBSCOhost account, which will allow you to designate a list of favorites, make notes in individual ebooks, place holds on in-use ebooks, and customize your account preferences. You do not need to create an account to view ebooks online.

To create a My EBSCOhost account:
  1. Click the Sign In link in the top toolbar of EBSCOhost.
  2. From the Sign In to My EBSCOhost Screen, click the Create a new account link.
  3. The Create a New Account Screen displays with Personal Account entered in the Account Type field.
  4. Fill in the fields on the Create a New Account Screen. When you have completed the fields, click Continue.
  5. If all the information was accepted, a message appears that provides your user name and password. Click OK. You will be automatically logged in as a personal user. You should note the user name and password you created so you can log in at a future session



Yes, about 98% of these ebooks can be downloaded for offline use. The checkout period is three days, after which the ebook file will expire.

Digital Rights Management

Downloading EBSCOhost ebooks requires Adobe Digital Editions.


  • Concurrent users:  
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Any Adobe Digital Editions compatible device, including iOS, Android, Nook, and Sony Reader. (Individual pages saved as PDFs can be read on Kindles.)

How to download ebooks on EBSCOhost to portable devices/e-readers

  1. Download an ebook title from EBSCOhost by clicking on the "Download" link on the search result page or from within the detailed record
  2. Select your preferred checkout period and click "Checkout & Download"
  3. Drag and drop the title icon to your portable device
  4. Read your ebook on your portable device


  • Bibliographic-level indexing in Summon
  • Title-level linking through Get VText


September 13, 2010


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freely accessible database Freely accessible database, available to anyone without restriction
mobile interface Mobile interface available, see description for link.
Screencast tutorial available Screencast tutorial available, icon linked to list.
Contents in summon Contents of this database are in Summon.
get VText Resource provides Get VText links to access full text.
Digital Rights Management Digital Rights Management system in place
Digital Rights Management No Digital Rights Management system in place
Copyable Able to be copied
Printable Able to be printed
Digital Rights Management Downloadable
gold open access - publishing Resource provides open access publishing opportunities and open access publications.
get VText Resource provides self archiving opportunities and open access documents.

Many of our ebooks are available as PDFs and this format is supported by many ebook readers. Here's a chart listing the capabilities of several major e-reader devices. Some of our downloadable ebooks use Abobe Digital Editions to set expiration periods; here's a list of compatible devices.We do not provide support for loading ebooks onto your device.

We recommend these apps for reading most of our downloadable ebooks:

Looking for help with your ereader? Here's some books from our collection:


NOTE: Most items obtained from this page are subscribed to by the library and accessible only to Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff.
WARNING: The abuse of Virginia Tech licensed online resources by such means as systematic downloading violates the university's acceptable use policy, jeopardizes Tech's future access to resources, and is prohibited.