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How to Download an eBrary Book to a Personal Device

To download an entire eBrary document onto your computer, you need Adobe Digital Editions, a free software program.

You can read and annotate downloaded e-books offline on your computer or transfer them to supported devices.  For a list of supported devices, please visit:

I. We recommend setting up Adobe Digital Editions on your computer before you start downloading from eBrary.

Install Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down and click: “Download Adobe Digital Editions”.
  3. Follow the steps as prompted.

Create an Adobe account:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Create an Account”.
  3. Fill in at least the starred fields.
  4. Click “OK”.

II. Once you’ve set up Adobe Digital Editions, to download eBooks from eBrary…

  1. From your computer, go to the EU Library splash page.
  2. Log-in with your seven digit student ID number and password (last four of your SSN).
  3. Navigate to eBrary. It is located in the blue databases box, under eBooks.
  4. Find the book you want to download.
  5. Click the “Download” button in list mode or while viewing the document.
  6. Select the option to “Download the Entire Document”. Click OK.
  7. The number of days e-book will be readable is displayed. Click “Download”.
  8. (If you haven’t already done so, you’ll be prompted to install Adobe Digital Editions.)
  9. Once Adobe Digital Editions is installed, choose “Open with Adobe Digital Editions”.
  10. You’ll be prompted to sign in to your Adobe account; if you don’t already have one, click the button to create one.

III. To transfer an eBook from Adobe Digital Editions (on your computer) to a personal device…

  1. Connect your device via USB to your Windows or Macintosh computer.  Do this step before opening Adobe Digital Editions. Otherwise, the application can’t see it.
  2. Launch Adobe Digital Editions.
  3. Digital Editions automatically detects the presence of your device and offers to authorize it with your Adobe ID.
    1. If you have not authorized Digital Editions with your computer, you will need to complete that first.
    2. Both Digital Editions and the device must be authorized to be able to transfer protected content to and from the device.
    3. Only physical eReader devices can sync with Adobe Digital Editions.
    4. Your device appears on the left side within Adobe Digital Editions.
    5. Drag the eBook that you want to transfer to the picture of your device on the left.
    6. The eBook is now transferred to your eReader/eBook device. Hooray!

Limitations on full-document downloading:

Returning a downloaded e-book
You don’t need to return an eBrary downloaded e-book. Early returns of downloaded e-books are done through Adobe Digital Editions. After the designated access time (14 or 7 days), the .pdf file will remain on your computer or device, but it will become unreadable (think Mission Impossible’s self-destruct timer ticking away). However, you can go back onto eBrary and download a book again after it reverts to being unavailable at the 14-day point.

For additional help with Adobe Digital Editions, please visit:

For additional help with eBrary, please visit:

Additional questions? Ask your librarians!

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