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How to Find Books: E-Books


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For e-books, try the EBL Ebook Collection.

The library now has over 15,000 e-books as part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance's Demand Driven Acquisitions Project. Access to EBL is limited to current students, staff, and faculty of Willamette.

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EBSCOhost eBooks is a collection of over 4,700 online books with subject strengths in reference, computer science and the Northwest. 

It also includes books from regional university presses and Choice Outstanding Academic Titles.

Note: At this time the only way to read the EBSCOhost e-books is in their viewer.

EBL Ebook Collection

The EBL Ebook Collection offers titles in a wide variety of subjects and features content from hundreds of publishers.

Why do I see a WU login screen even though I'm on campus?

Because EBL is licensed for current students, staff, and faculty of Willamette, we need to confirm your status regardless of whether you are on or off campus.

Do I need special software to read e-books online?

EBL can be accessed using a standard Internet browser. The Safari browser is recommended for Mac users. EBL provides e-books in Adobe PDF format, so in order to view EBL books online, you will need the correct version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer. EBL works best with Adobe Acrobat version 9 or later.

Can I download e-books to my phone, e-book reader, or tablet?

Yes, whenever the download button appears in a book you are using, you can download the book for up to 7 days. If you are not finished using the book when your time expires, you will be prompted to download the book again.

Downloading the EBL book enables you to access the book offline and tranfer it to a device that supports Adobe Digital Editions. See: Adobe Digital Editions list of compatible devices:

Older Kindles are not compatible with Adobe Digital Editions and EBL; but EBL books can be downloaded on the Kindle Fire.

Can I print from EBL?

Yes, but because of copyright, there are restrictions as to how much of the book you can print or copy. Printing from EBL is restricted to approximately 20% of the total pages of the ebook, per user. Copying and pasting content is restricted to approximately 5% of the total pages of the ebook, per user. EBL will display a message if the limit is reached.

What if I still need help?

For additional help using EBL, contact the a reference librarian, or contact Bill Kelm for additional trouble shooting assitance at or 503-375-5332. 

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