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This guide will help you access the University of Calgary Library's eBook collections.

Ebook Central contains ebooks on all disciplines. Access the platform below.

This is an example of a detail page in the Ebook Central platform.

Here users can view bibliographic information, table of contents and jump to a specific chapter, view download availability, add the book to a personal bookshelf, share a link to the book, and create automatic citations in a variety of citation formats.

1. Book Details 6. Copy 11. Search Terms by Chapter and Page
2. Annotations Icon 7. Print 12. Zoom Options
3. Search Within Book 8. Add to Bookshelf 13. Go To Page
4. Book Download 9. Share Link 14. Previous/Next
5. Chapter Download 10. Cite 15. Settings

Benefits & Features

With an Ebook Central account, you can take advantage of the following features:

  • Download documents
  • Save documents and annotations to your personal bookshelf
  • Add notes, highlight and annotate documents
  • Create folders on the bookshelf to organize your research

To create an account

  1. Click the Sign In button in the upper right corner
  2. On the Sign In page, click Create Account
  3. Complete the form, and then click Create Account


Downloads require a guided 3 step process, and the device you are on is pre-selected for you.

You will need Adobe Digital Editions to download ebooks to your laptop or desktop. This free software is different from Adobe Reader.

Step 1: New Reader Downloads - Device

Step 2: New Reader Downloads - Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

Step 3: New Reader - Complete Download

Here is an example of a full title download in Adobe Digital Editions.

When on your mobile device, you will be guided through the 3 step download process for mobile.

Users can download a book for offline reading on either their tablet or phone (iOS and Android are supported) using the Bluefire Reader for mobile devices (freely available for iOS devices in the App Store and for Android devices in Google Play).

Step 1: New Reader Downloads - Select Mobile Device

Step 2: New Reader Handheld Device & Bluefire App

Step 3: New Reader - Complete Download

Here is an example of a full title download in Bluefire Reader (on Android)


Searching within an eBook is a powerful tool to access relevant information on your research topic. Once within the eBook, use the Search within book feature to locate relevant content.

Search Results

For a quick view of the distribution of the searched term in the book, you’ll see a list of chapters, similar to the table of contents. To the right of each chapter title, is a visual indication of the frequency of the search term in the chapter (more color, more hits).

To drill down, click the triangle to the left of the chapter heading; now you'll see every page that includes the searched term within the chapter, along with the number of hits.

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