eBooks on EBSCOhost

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Find books on all subject through EBSCO eBooks.  These are books purchased by the Trent Library and made available on the EBSCO platform. 

All titles from EBSCO eBooks have been added to TOPCAT, so you can find them with any general search of our library catalogue. In "Advanced Search" you can limit your results to e-books by restricting a search to those with a location of "E-Book".

You can also connect to EBSCO eBooks directly to:

  • search for books using the search engine, or
  • browse through the list of titles by clicking "eBooks" from the blue banner at the top of the page.

Many of these books were purchased in conjunction with COOL (Consortium of Ontario Libraries). Because the COOL group includes University, College, School, and Public libraries, the books included in the collection cover a broad range of subjects and reading levels, and include titles that would not otherwise be found in a University Library (eg. children's books). Select research materials accordingly.

Find a link to EBSCO eBooks on our E-Resouces page, in our Databases A-Z, and in TOPCAT.

Single User Limitation

Many EBSCO eBooks are restricted to one user at a time. There is an automatic inactivity timeout, so that books not being used are released back to the system.

  • When you access the full text of a book on your computer you must keep it active; otherwise it will be returned to the system after 30 minutes of inactivity .
  • Titles that are unavailable because they're in use by someone become available again after 30 inactive minutes. There is no option for forcing books to be returned - they need to time out.


The maximum checkout period for these books is 3 days.  Some books don't permit checkout at all.


Click "eBook Full Text" to open and view the book.

When you have a book open, a toolbar offers tools to:

  • search within the book,
  • make notes (you need to create an account to save these notes),
  • look up a word in a dictionary,
  • print or email up to 60 pages per book, and
  • place the book citation (and link to it) in a folder for later reference.

Click here to see a Flash video on how to use eBooks on EBSCO.

Mobile App

EBSCO has released an app for EBSCO eBooks available through the Trent Library.  The app is compatible with Android and iOS devices as well as Kindle Fire and Nook.

How to download EBSCO eBooks to mobile devices using the EBSCO eBooks app:

  1. Download the EBSCO eBooks app from Google Play or iTunes.
  2. Find the Trent University Library and sign in to access our collection.
  3. Search and browse for titles you're interested in.
  4. Download an EBSCO eBook by clicking on the "Download" link on the search result page or from within the detailed record.
  5. Select your preferred checkout period (up to 3 days) and click "Checkout & Download".
  6. The title automatically opens in the EBSCO eBooks app.
  7. Begin reading the title in the app, bookmark your place for later, and return it to the library's collection when finished.

In order for EBSCO eBooks to be read on a mobile device you must register the app with your free Adobe ID. eBooks can be read in a in a PDF or EPUB format.


Adobe Acrobat is needed to read files. If books open a page at a time in Adobe Acrobat, you'll need to adjust the settings in your browser or in Adobe software, to make files open in the browser window.

  • If you're using the default setting in Firefox, change it to open .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) files within the browser: select "Tools", "Options", "Applications", "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)". See our help page.
  • To change the settings in the Adobe software, see the EBSCO help page.

If you see the download offline option you can download and virtually checkout the item for a limited number of hours or days. After the checkout period the items is no longer accessible on your computer so you would need to download it again. To download items you need the following.


See the Scholars Portal guide for Mobile Ebooks.


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Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

To find a link back to a particular citation, click on "Permalink" on the right-hand side of the screen and copy the link provided. It looks like this:

Example: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=137815&site=ehost-live

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:

Final: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=137815&site=ehost-live