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Ebooks at UCSF

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 Requiring Special Software to Download Content


Software Required

Registration Required


ProQuest Ebook Central

Adobe Digital Editions for downloading whole book for checkout period

Bluefire Reader for downloading onto mobile devices

Please note, DRM applied to downloaded content

For downloading whole books

More information found in the Ebook Central LibGuide


Adobe Digital Editions for downloading whole book for checkout period

Please note, DRM applied to downloaded content

For downloading whole books

More information found in EBSCO eBooks User Guide

Limited users: Ebook Central & EBSCOhost

In addition to requiring special software and registration to download ebooks, 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.