Guide to using Ebsco ebooks, a growing collection of multidisciplinary titles

The National Library provides free access to hundreds of non-fiction ebooks through the Ebsco site. You can find all of these ebooks in the Catalogue, or you can browse the ebooks by going directly to Ebsco ebooks in eResources.

These ebooks can be viewed online on the Ebsco site or downloaded to view from your computer, tablet, smartphone or e-reader. Downloaded ebooks can be accessed on your device for 5 days and then access will automatically expire.

All Ebsco ebooks can be accessed from outside of the Library building if you have a National Library Card. If you live in Australia you can get a library card for free, online through our website.

Frequently asked questions

How do I find Ebsco ebooks?

All Ebsco ebooks that the Library has subscribed to are available via the Catalogue.

To search the Catalogue for ebooks only, add the word 'ebscohost' to the search box and limit your search 'Book'.

When I find an ebook, how do I view it?

When you find an ebook in the catalogue, there will be an 'Online Access' link. When you click this link you will be prompted to login with the User ID on your National Library card. After you enter these details and login, you will be redirected to the ebook.

Do I need any special software to read ebooks?

You do not need special software to view and read ebooks online through the Ebsco website. 

However, if you would like download an Ebsco ebook to view offline then you will need:

  • A (free) Ebsco account
  • A (free) Adobe ID
  • Software with a compatible ebook viewer:

Desktop: Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher
Apple and Android devices: Bluefire Reader is recommended
Kindle: PDFs can be created in the eBook Full Text view and transferred using Send To Kindle
Other eReaders: Patrons must download to a desktop computer and use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer ebooks to their eReader.

I can’t view an ebook – it says ‘Sorry, this eBook is in use.’

You will see this message if someone else is already using the ebook you want. It won’t become available until they are finished with it.