Answered By: Research Support
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017     Views: 286

Technically, you can download NetLibrary books on the EBSCOhost platform.

In practice, it's not worth doing because the loan period is only for one hour. This is because EbscoHost NetLibrary books were purchased as part of a consortial agreement where these titles are shared among several institutions.  We cannot have longer loan periods because of simultaneous use restrictions - when the book is being used at Dartmouth, it can't be accessed at other institutions.

So what are the available options other than reading the ebook online?

For many titles, you can save or print the pages you need for off-line use.

In the full descriptive record for the book you will see the following fields that specify how many pages you can print, copy, and paste into a document for off-line use:

Publisher Permissions:
Print/Save 100 pages
Copy/Paste Allowed

When you open the ebook, you will see a menu the top of the page that will allow you to save or print pages up to the maximum specified in the record.

If you do decide to download a NetLIbrary book despite the one hour loan period, follow these instructions:

  1. Log into EBSCOhost using the "Sign In" link on the blue menu banner.
    If you don't have an account, you will need to create one. Please note that this is separate from the Dartmouth system, so it does not use your Net ID.  In order to protect your Dartmouth password, create a different user name and password.
  2. Download the EBSCO ebook app from Google Play (Android) or the App Store (Mac IOS), depending on your mobile device. If you wish to access the ebook on your computer, download and install Adobe Digital Editions.

If you do encounter problems or have further questions, use the Ask a Librarian page to chat or contact us via email.

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