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E-Books at Iowa State University

This guide provides an overview of the library's e-book providers.

Downloading & Mobile Devices

The ability to download e-books and access e-books via mobile devices varies greatly. Here is some additional information for some of the e-book publishers/packages:


  • Entire books cannot be downloaded.
  • You must create an AccessEngineering personal account to print a section of a book.
  • Device compatibility: AccessEngineering is optimized to work on any mobile device with a browser.

ACLS Humanities E-book


ebrary Academic Complete

  • You will need an ebrary account in order to download. A maximum of 60 pages from a book can be downloaded and saved as a PDF. Some books can be downloaded in their entirety and are available from 7-14 days in Adobe Digital Editions format. You will need to download Adobe Digital Editions (no charge).
  • Device compatibility: Android, ipad, iphone, ipod touch, Kindle, Nook
  • Overview of download options:


  • You will need to register an individual account with EBSCOhost to download books.
  • Click the Download (Offline) link for the eBook you would like to download.
  • If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you are prompted to do so.
  • Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.
  • Select to Open or Save the file from the resulting dialog box.
  • When a downloaded eBook is opened, it is displayed in Adobe® Digital Editions.
  • More information:

Gale Virtual Reference Library


  • Individual book chapters can be downloaded as PDF.

Oxford Scholarship Online

  • Entire books cannot be downloaded.
  • Each chapter is a PDF document which may be printed or saved. NOTE: There are restrictions to the amount of content that can be downloaded or printed. You can print up to a single chapter or download from each Oxford Scholarship Online title or download an individual chapter, or up to 5% of the pages of any title, whichever is the greater.
  • The Oxford Scholarship Online website is “fully mobile optimized.”

Safari Books Online

  • Individual pages can be printed.
  • Mobile device access is not available.

Science Direct (Elsevier)


Wiley Online Library

  • Individual book chapters can be downloaded as PDF.

Your Librarian

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Kris Stacy-Bates
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Iowa State University

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