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How to download eBooks

Khalifa University Library has an extensive collection of ebooks from different publishers. You are able to download PDF version of ebooks from most of the publishers platform directly. In case of EBSCO (EBSCO ebook platform)  and Proquest  (eBook Central), you need to follow additional procedures for downloading the full ebook.. 

1. Create a personal account in the EBSCOhost platform. ( For downloading EBSCO eBooks)

2. Create a Personal account in Ebook Central Platform ( For downloading Proquest- Ebook Central eBook)

3. Create an Adobe ID at

4. For Desktops and Laptops: Download Adobe Digital Edition Software, which is free of cost and log in using your Adobe ID

5. For Mobile Phones: Download Bluefire reader from Google Play or Apple Store.

Specific instructions for each platform are given below

Please note: You can download chapters or certain pages without these requirements. Please go to the print option and select PDF option as printer name. In most cases you can print 30 to 100 pages depends on publisher's permission.

Downloading eBook Central (Proquest ebooks)

Click Download button and follow the procedures.


Downloading EBSCO eBooks

  1. Click the Download icon for the eBook you would like to download.

    downloading an ebook

    If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you are prompted to do so.

  2. Select a Download duration from the drop-down menu and confirm that you have Adobe® Digital Editions or equivalent reader software installed. (If you are on a tablet device, you must confirm that you have Bluefire Reader or an equivalent app installed.)

    Note: For some titles, you may see the option to select either the PDF or ePub format for an eBook.

    select ebook format

  3. Click the Download button.

    The eBook is added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface.

  4. Select to Open or Save the file from the resulting dialog box.

    If you Open the file, your eBook is opened with Adobe® Digital Editions.

    If you Save the file, the eBook is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe® Digital Editions at a later time.

  5. When a downloaded eBook is opened, it is displayed in Adobe® Digital Editions.


  • If when trying to download an eBook to Digital Editions you receive the following error message, E_AUTH_BAD_DEVICE_KEY_OR_PKCS12, you may need to completely remove any authorization using ctrl-shift-D to Adobe Digital Editions (cmd-shift-D if on Mac). Then restart Digital Editions, and reauthorize with your Adobe ID.

  • When downloading an eBook using the Chrome browser, the download will not automatically open but appears in the download bar at the bottom of the browser as URLLink.acsm. Click the download in the bar and select Open to open the eBook or select Always open files of this type to automatically open future EBSCO eBooks downloads in ADE.

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