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Services for UMBC Staff

UMBC User Access to eBooks

The UMBC Library purchases ebooks which are not available on the open web. For more information on ebooks, see our eBooks at UMBC guide.

  • Access to these purchased titles is through UMBC's online catalogs.
    • You do not need to change your online catalog search strategies to find UMBC ebooks in your search results.
    • You can read ebooks on public computers on the UMBC campus, however you cannot download ebooks using public computers.
    • You can download ebooks only to your personal PC or laptop.
    • Ebooks downloaded to computers can then be further downloaded to ereaders for easier reading. See each provider's Supported Devices for more details.
    • Downloading ebooks to a laptop or desktop can facilitate use on ereaders and is necessary when format conversion is required to read an ebook on an ereader.
  • Restrictions by publishers limit access to these materials.
    • UMBC books are accessible by UMBC faculty, students and staff, both from on and off campus
    • in-library-only access is available for non-UMBC users
  • Other USMAI (University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions) libraries also purchase ebooks.
    • each campus purchases titles for their users only
    • UMBC users cannot borrow or access from off campus ebooks owned by another USMAI library
    • in-library-only access is usually available for non-affiliate users. Check with those libraries to determine what is allowed.

Using eBooks

  • UMBC ebooks are not device-dependent. They may be read on typical PC and Mac desktop computers, laptops, and a wide range of handheld devices.
  • Users do not need ebook readers for UMBC ebooks, but most ebook readers will read UMBC ebooks.
  • Normal formats for UMBC ebooks are PDF, HTML, or EPUB.

For more information on ebooks, see our eBooks at UMBC guide.