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netLibrary ebooks now available on EBSCOhost


EBSCOhost interface Database

July 27, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Libraries owns about 50,000 ebooks that had been hosted on the netLibrary platform. netLibrary has been purchased by EBSCO and these ebooks are now available on the EBSCOhost platform.

All of these former netLibrary ebooks are cataloged in Addison and Summon and the links presented there will automatically redirect to the new EBSCOhost site. One advantage to being available through the EBSCOhost platform is the contents of these ebooks is now cross-searchable with other content on that platform, such as the journals and magazines indexed in Academic Search Complete from EBSCOhost .

About 25% of these ebooks can be downloaded for offline use on your computer or compatible e-reader device. Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher is required for offline viewing, which limits the duration the ebook can be used.

Popular devices that are compatible with Ebooks on EBSCOhost include

  • Barnes & Noble NOOK
  • Sony Reader Daily Edition
  • Sony Digital Readers (PRS-300, 505, 600 and 700BC)
  • iPad® (works with third-party applications BlueFire and Txtr)

As with netLibrary, these ebooks can be used by only one Virginia Tech patron at a time. If you try to access a book that is in use, you'll receive an error message and be asked to try again later. You can place a hold on an in-use ebook so that you can be notified when it is available for you.

New features for these ebooks include

  • Browsing by subject, genre, language, and more.
  • Enhanced viewer for examining documents.
  • Easy drop-down list for choosing your checkout duration.
  • Table of Contents viewing from the Result List and Detail Record
  • "Search-within" functionality to find specific terms within a book.
  • Personal folder to view downloaded, checked-out books, including the amount of time left on active check-outs.
  • Searching across ebooks and other EBSCOhost content for integrated results.

EBSCOhost ebook downloading guide (DOC | 252KB)
Searching ebooks
Downloading ebooks


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