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Library Course Reserves: Required Materials: Ebooks

General Notes on Ebooks

  • Some ebooks are only available under a one-user-at-a-time license.
  • Whenever possible, we acquire multiple-user or unlimited-user ebooks.
  • Keep in mind not all print books are available electronically as ebooks. Some titles that are available as ebooks for personal use (such as Kindle) cannot be purchased under a library license.
  • Publisher permissions around how many pages can be printed, emailed or saved vary by book.  This information is displayed at the top of the landing page for each book.

Returning Ebooks

  • Please see our FAQ page for more information about returning ebooks.

Single-user Ebooks

How can you tell whether an ebook is available for unlimited users, multiple users, or only one user at a time? Go to the catalog record for the ebook. If an ebook is available only for a limited number of users at a time, this information will be listed under the Concurrent User Level section.

Screenshot demonstrating the Concurrent User Level section of an ebook in the online catalog: Limited User Access (1 Copies Available)

Loan Periods for Ebooks

Ebooks with limited user licenses have loan periods that depend on the platform.

  • EBSCO: the load period is currently 3 hours.
  • ProQuest: the user can choose 1 day, 7 days, 14 days, or 21 days to check out an ebook.
  • HathiTrust: times out after 1 hour; if you need it for longer, this will be renewed.
  • Internet Archive: the loan period is 1 hour. These items are not owned by Smith and they cannot be found using Discover. You will need to create a free Internet Archive account to borrow Internet Archive ebook copies (see the terms of use).

I’m Getting This Error—What’s Happening?

Screenshot of View eBook Full Text error

Please try again after about an hour. It looks like someone is using the resource at the moment.