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E-Book Collections: Access & Use Limits

Information on finding and using e-books at the UW Libraries

Platforms & specifications

This matrix is intended for librarians helping UW patrons with e-book access questions and concerns. Where possible, the Platform column links to the user guide.

Platform Users Concurrent users Downloads Offline reading Usage limits Returns Printing e-reader software Course reserves
ClinicalKey All users
(walk-ins OK)*
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required Requires individual user account registration None Yes
EBSCOhost All users
(walk-ins OK)
Sometimes Usually allowed Whole book download/offline reading requires Adobe Digital Editions*; single chapter downloads do not

Checkout / download limits apply; but if session is closed & reopened, the single chapter download limit count resets

Not required 100 pages maximum; varies by publisher Bluefire Reader or Adobe Digital Editions for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire (More Kindle Fire info here) No, but Canvas link OK
JSTOR All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required No restrictions Web browser & PDF viewer only Yes
Knovel All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed Knovel ToGo None Not required Restricted to 20% Web browser & PDF viewer only No, but Canvas link OK
Project Muse All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required No restrictions Web browser & PDF viewer only Yes

ProQuest Ebook Central

(combined former EBL/ebrary platform)

All users (walk-ins OK for online reading only) Sometimes

Usually

allowed

Whole book download/offline reading requires Adobe Digital Editions*; single chapter downloads do not Checkout / download limits apply; but after 24 hours, the single chapter download limit count resets Not required Restricted to 20-40% of each book during a 24 hour period, then count resets Bluefire Reader or Adobe Digital Editions for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire (More Kindle Fire info here) No, but Canvas link OK
Safari/O'Reilly Current UW Only Yes Allowed only via the O’Reilly app Allowed only via the O’Reilly app None Not required Single pages only O'Reilly app for IOS, Android No, but Canvas link OK
Springer All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required No restrictions SpringerLink app for iOS, Android  Yes
Taylor & Francis All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required No restrictions Web browser & PDF viewer No, but Canvas link OK
Wiley All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required No restrictions Web browser & PDF viewer Yes

 

 * Walk-in users are those without a current UW i.d. who can access eBook resources from the public terminals only. No remote access.