All UST libraries' ebooks can be read through an internet browser, meaning you do not need an ereader to access them. However, in all cases you will be required to create a free, personal account with the hosting service of the ebook to take advantage of special features, like:
Though you can read most ebooks with just a few clicks of the mouse,
Because the experience can vary so greatly depending on the hosting service, when in doubt, it is best to to consult the HELP inside the service or ask us.
On this page you will find some basic help for our three biggest collections of ebooks. For questions about other hosting services, see their posted HELP or ask us.
For Ebook Central and Ebsco eBooks, you must have an Adobe account. This is a freely available account. You must install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer first in order to download and transfer some ebooks to a mobile device.
UST offers Adobe Digital Editions for your personal or public computer. On your St. Thomas work computer, it is available in Software Center (PC) and Self Service (Mac) to be installed without needing admin.
For mobile devices, you'll have to have Bluefire, available for Adroid and iOS.
If you wish to link to an ebook from Canvas, you'll have to create a persistent link.
Search CLICsearch and click PERMALINK to get the CLICsearch record, or go directly to the ebook and find the persistent link there.
Useful iPad apps to download include:
Because the e-book experience varies so widely depending on several different factors, your best bet when using e-books is to create an account and read the book in the browser. By that I mean, don't download the book. In general...
If you really need to download, use the HELP within the product. That's your best bet for getting help.
LIBRARIANS PLEASE NOTE: CLICsearch and the book will both have a note of the number of users. In the case of CLICsearch, there are times that the note will indicate a smaller number of users than the actual book. This is because we purchased the book for a limited number of users, but subscribe to it for unlimited use.
Example: Single user, downloadable, chapter PDFs
We have thousands of other ebooks not found in the collections above. These books tend to be easier to use with no restrictions for printing or downloading (DRM-free). For the most part: