Ebook Central (formerly ebrary) is an online resource that allows you to browse, search, and read over 9,000 full-text electronic books on a wide variety of topics. Click here to start searching Ebook Central now! Check below for the answers to our most commonly asked questions about Ebook Central. If you have other questions that we haven't covered here, contact the library at library@academyart.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I search for ebooks?

You can search the library’s online catalog, by keyword, title or author. If the book is available on Ebook Central, it will show its location as "Online Resource" or "Online Course Reserve."

For example, perform a keyword search in the Library Catalog for "form follows finance."
You will receive two results:

The first result shows the location as Circulating Stacks - that means the book is physically in the library, in the Circulating Stacks section.

The second result shows the location as Online Resource - this means this is an ebook and can be read online.

After finding an ebook you would like to read, click on the link in the grey button. This will open the ebook in a new browser window.

You can also use the Library’s Advanced Search page. Enter your keyword, author, or title search information and under Limited To, select EBOOK from the Material Type dropdown menu.

You can search for books in Ebook Central using their search tool. There is a simple search box on the top of the page when you access Ebook Central, or you can click the link to use their Advanced Search.

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How do I find an ebook that is on Course Reserve?

If you know the title or author for the book you are looking for, you can search the library’s online catalog using the keyword search, author search or title search.

You can also search for your course name using the Course Reserve Search.

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Do I need to create an account with Ebook Central?

No, creating an Ebook Central account is optional. You can search and browse for books and read entire Ebook Central books without creating an Ebook Central account.

Creating an Ebook Central account will provide you with additional tools that may improve your experience with Ebook Central. With an Ebook Central account you can add books to your personal bookshelf as well as highlight and annotate books. You must create an account in order to download Ebook Central ebooks.

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How do I create an account with Ebook Central?

Click the Sign In button in the upper right corner of the page.

On the Sign In page, click Join Ebook Central.

Complete the form, and then click Join Ebook Central.

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How do I download books from Ebook Central?

You must sign into your Ebook Central account to download an Ebook Central book. How do I create an account with Ebook Central?

To save as a PDF:

Click the Print icon in the upper right side of the page.

Choose a page range that you would like to download. The menu will tell you how many pages you can save at one time (in this example, you can save a maximum of 51 pages per session). Once you've chosen your page range, click on the Continue button.

Next, click Open PDF. A dialog box prompting you to save the file will open. In order to save other sections of the book, you'll have to log out of Ebook Central, close the tab, and then reopen Ebook Central and log back in.

To save in Adobe Digital Editions format:

You can also download many, but not all, Ebook Central books in Adobe Digital Editions format. Checkout periods can be 7 or 14 days, depending on the title. You need to download and install Adobe Digital Editions first.
Click on the Download button at the top right of the screen.

Choose your device and indicate whether you're on your own computer or a public computer, then click Continue.

If you haven't downloaded Adobe Digital Editions yet, you can do it here. If you've already downloaded it, click Done With This Step.

Next, click on the Download Your Book button. You will be prompted to save the file.

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How do I download Ebook Central books onto my mobile device?

You will need to download Bluefire Reader, a free e-reader app, before you can download Ebook Central books onto your phone or tablet.

  1. Create a personal Ebook Central account if you do not already have one. How do I create an account with Ebook Central?
  2. If you do not have one already, create an Adobe account . If you have ever downloaded a full-text Ebook Central book, you already have one.
  3. In Ebook Central's download menu, select either iOS or Android. You will be prompted to download Bluefire Reader.
  4. Once the app is installed on your phone or tablet, open it. The first time you open the app, you will be prompted to enter your personal Ebook Central account username and password and your Adobe account username and password.

Once the app is installed and you are logged in with your Ebook Central and Adobe accounts, you will be able to download full titles on your phone or tablet.

To get more information about using Ebook Central on the go, go to Ebook Central's Mobile App Support Center.

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How do I copy or cite text from an Ebook Central book?

Using the mouse, select the text that you'd like to copy. Click on the Copy icon in the small menu that pops up.

At the resulting window, choose either Command+C (Mac) or Control+C (Windows) to copy the text. Ebook Central also provides you with the citation information for the text you've selected.

To cite a book, choose the Cite icon on the top right of the screen.

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How do I add books to my bookshelf?

Adding books to your bookshelf will make them easier for you to find in the future. Click the Bookshelf icon on the right-hand side of the screen.

When you want to access this title later, just log into Ebook Central and select your bookshelf.

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Why is this book listed as Not Available?

Most titles in Ebook Central can be read by multiple students at the same time, but some titles are Single Use Titles, which means that they can only be viewed by one student at a time.

If you try to access a Single Use book while another student is currently viewing it, you will see the following message, which lets you know that another student is viewing the book:

The title will become available again once the student reading it exits the screen or leaves the screen idle. Check back periodically to see whether it is available yet or not.

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