Ebooks: using our ebook collection

Help for Library users of ebook platforms available at the State Library

View ebook

To search for ebooks see tips on our Finding ebooks page.  Any items with digital content will have an Available online link. The ebook catalogue record's Access Online section includes a link to this instructional guide and a link to view online.

If the 'Available' message says ProQuest Ebook Central, follow these instructions. Otherwise see our EBSCO page.

 

Anyone can access ProQuest ebooks using one of our catalogue & database PCs within the Library.

If you are a State Library Victoria member with a verified Victorian address you can:

  • read an ebook online
  • save ebook sections as a PDF or copy text
  • download an ebook to use offline on your device for up to 7 days (depends on title)

If you're outside the Library you'll need to log in with your valid library barcode and accept the conditions of access to start reading online.

NOTE: wherever possible we try to provide multi-user access to ebooks. However some titles only have a single user license. If someone else is using this title, you will encounter a "0 copies available" message. Try again later.

ProQuest Ebook Central database

ProQuest logo

Connect to ProQuest ebook titles through the State Library catalogue.

You can also browse and search across the full text of all ProQuest Ebook Central ebooks by visiting the database.

See ProQuest's guides for detailed help and troubleshooting:

Reading & downloading an ebook from ProQuest Ebook Central

Once you click View ebookyou will be prompted to log in with your valid library barcode and accept the conditions of access.

If you experience any issues logging in or need to renew your membership please contact us

NOTE: if you use a VPN you may not be able to access ProQuest ebooks. Turn off VPN or change your IP address back to Australia to continue.

The ebook Detail Page will open in ProQuest.

screenshot of ebook detail page

 

Read Online is often a quick and easy option. The ProQuest online reader includes useful tools to read and annotate the ebook.

You can also copy pages as text or save to PDF (within the limits set by the publisher). You can keep text or PDF files forever. If you have reached the maximum number of pages to copy/save, try again later - the allowance resets each day.

Download full ebook to read offline on your compatible device - PC, iOS, android or supported ereader (not Kindle).

Reading online is often a quicker and easier option than downloading. The ProQuest online reader includes useful tools to read and annotate the ebook.

You can also copy pages as text or save to PDF (within the limits set by the publisher). You can keep text or PDF files forever. If you have reached the maximum number of pages to copy/save, try again later - the allowance resets each day.

If you are using one of our PCs within the Library you can read online without signing in. You can copy/save pages to a USB. However you will not be able to save any annotations you make while reading the ebook online unless you sign in first.

The ProQuest online ebook reader allows you to:

  • scroll, jump to a page or chapter, and search within the book's text
  • annotate pages with comments, highlighting or bookmarks. These can be stored for future reference if you are logged in with your Library account
  • export a citation or share a link to the ebook (note: each user will need to login if they are outside the Library)

screenshot of ebook reader

Click on Download Book to "borrow" a copy on your device. The downloaded file will expire at the end of your loan. You can reborrow the ebook to continue reading.

You will need:

1. a  compatible device. Includes desktop computers, iOS/Android mobile devices, and most ereaders (not Kindle. Check your device's support page for details).

2. free, basic software to read Adobe DRM (Digital Rights Management) files. Use Adobe Digital Editions or your favorite compatible ebook reader app.

Follow the three steps, then find your downloaded file (check downloads folder) and click to open. This should happen automatically on mobile devices.