To borrow library ebooks you must have an Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) account. Download this free software for Apple, PC, and Windows-running devices at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions
You must set up ADE on your own computer, not shared Library computers. Once set up, your account can be synched to, and ebooks moved, between multiple devices.
BlueFire for iPhone, iPad, Android
Borrowing library ebooks on a mobile device requires BlueFire Reader synched to your Adobe Digital Editions account.
If you do not have a Smith or Five College Network ID, you may access EBL books on the following computers:
Click on the link to the ebook, then select Smith College.
All books accessed this way will be on a shared bookshelf.
EBL - Ebook Library (2005+)
A very large collection of ebooks, mostly scholarly, spanning the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
To Find Ebooks: (Requires login with your Smith or other Five College Network ID. If you do not have a Smith or Five College Network ID, see Public Users in the left sidebar on this page.)
To Read Online:
Click on the "Read Online (Available)" button; for most titles, you may read online for up to 10 minutes, after which you'll be prompted to request a loan
If you want to print or copy from the book, you'll also be prompted to request a loan
NOTE: Some titles only allow a 5-minute browse and are not available for loan; if you want to access the book for more than 5 minutes, click on the "Request purchase" button; you will receive an email notification when the book is accessible for use
Printing & Copying:
Reading Ebooks on Library Computers:
When using public computers on campus you are NOT able to download, however you can still read online and print.
To Borrow/Download for Offline Use on your Computer:
Requires Adobe Digital Editions (see left sidebar on this page).
To Borrow/Download for Offline Use on your Mobile Device:
See "Mobile Devices" in the left sidebar on this page.
Export citations to RefWorks and Zotero
In RefWorks: for a single title, use the Cite this Book link on the book's initial EBL page. For a group of books, create a Collection (described below), then click Manage Collections, then Cite Collections. In Zotero: click the book icon in the browser bar at the top of the page (the icon will be on the far right of where a website address appears). The citation will save automatically in Zotero.
The Bookshelf link in the upper menu bar displays all the books you've accessed. Use the My Collections link to create lists of books. Use Manage Collections to email lists or export them to a spreadsheet
While reading a book, click the Notes tab in the vertical menu bar. View your notes via the Bookmarks button on your Bookshelf.