eBooks: FAQ

Research & Instructional Design

Frequently Asked Questions about eBooks

Is the library only purchasing ebooks now?
No, the library still purchases most books in print. When you request a book for purchase, we will ask you if you would prefer print or electronic.

Can I print or copy pages from ebooks?
Printing and copying of ebooks is controlled by the publisher and complies with copyright law. A message will indicate the number of total pages allowed. Printing is typically limited to 60 pages.

Is there a loan period for ebooks?
Downloaded ebook files will expire once the loan period ends (usually 14 days). If you read online, there is no loan period.

Can more than one person read an ebook at the same time?
Most ebooks can be read online by an unlimited number of people.

Do I have to download an ebook to read it?
No! You can read ebooks on any computer using most browsers.

Can I read ebooks on my own desktop or laptop?
Yes, you can read ebooks with your web browser. If you want to read an ebook offline you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions software, create an Adobe account, and authorize your device.

Can I read ebooks on my iPad, iPhone or Android device?
Yes, to download an ebook to your device you need to install the Bluefire Reader app, create an Adobe account, and authorize your device.

Can I put ebooks and ebook chapters on reserve or link them to my Blackboard course?
Yes, please contact the Circulation Department for more information.

Can I use my Kindle to read the library ebooks?
Depends on what kind of Kindle you have. Only the Kindle Fire is compatible with our ebook subscriptions.

Does the library have popular ebooks and audio books?
Our ebook collections tend to have more scholarly than popular books. Audiobooks and popular ebooks are available at the Kirkland Town Library.


  • 24/7 access
  • full-text searching
  • text enlargement and text-to-speech features
  • read on any computer using most browsers
  • access to many important primary sources usually not found in small college libraries


  • Must create accounts for each ebook system and install free software or an app
  • Publishers impose varying limits on printing, copying and downloading text enlargement and text-to-speech features
  • Inconsistent reading experiences and features due to different systems (e.g., Proquest, EBSCO) and formats (e.g., epub, pdf, azw)
  • Ebook editions may be different from the those required by a professor


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Last updated: June 16, 2017

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