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Ebooks at UCSF: Downloading ebooks

Directions for accessing and downloading ebooks available at UCSF.

Downloading ebooks

Most of the ebook platforms the Library subscribes to allow you to view the book either in HTML or PDF formats. Adobe Reader is required to view PDF files. 

Most ebook platforms also allow you to print, export citations, and download at least portions of their ebooks without needing additional software or to create an account; however, some platforms do require additional steps to be taken.


Ebook Platforms with Special Restrictions


Software Required

Download Restrictions

Registration Required


ProQuest Ebook Central

Any PDF software

No full ebook downloads allowed

Not required for chapter downloads

More information found in the ProQuest Ebook Central LibGuide


Adobe Digital Editions for downloading whole book 

Please note, DRM applied to downloaded content

No full ebook downloads allowed for one user ebooks 

For downloading whole books

More information found in the EBSCO eBooks LibGuide

Limited users: ProQuest Ebook Central & EBSCOhost

ProQuest Ebook Central and EBSCOhost often limit the number of users that can view or download an ebook at the same time. These restrictions are listed in the ebook's item record:


What's DRM?

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is used by some publishers to control copyright. DRM can restrict the amount of material you print, download, or copy. It can also limit the amount of time you have access to online or downloaded content.

Two platforms the Library utilizes that apply DRM are EBSCOhost and Ebook Central. There may be additional steps you'll have to take to access contentInstructions are outlined on each of their platforms.

Not all publishers apply DRM to their content. Those who don't still expect users to comply with existing copyright terms and restrictions.