Ebooks FAQ

Does Pfau Library have ebooks?

Yes, lots! More than 100,000.

How can I find them?

If you search the Pfau Library OneSearch, you’ll find all the books we own, whether it’s a hard-copy book or an ebook. Ebooks will be marked as electronic/online, and will include a link you can click on to begin reading the book.

What kinds of books are they?

Books for research and study in a wide variety of subjects taught at the university. Sorry, no bestsellers or popular fiction!

Do I need a special device to read them?

No. They are designed to be easily readable in any Web browser.

Can I download them to my ebook reader?

Maybe. It depends on (1) whether the provider of the ebook allows downloads, and (2) your technology comfort level. Generally, the downloadable books are in EPUB format and must first go to a computer with Adobe Digital Editions software installed and authorized, then be transferred from your computer to your ebook device.

It’s much easier to download just a limited portion of the ebook (usually one chapter, or up to a particular number of pages) as a regular old PDF file, which is yours to keep.

Are there limits on how many people can use an ebook?

Depends on the book! Most of our books allow for unlimited use. However, some ebook licenses allow only a limited number of simultaneous users; usually 1 or 3. If there’s a limit, you’ll see it noted in the Pfau Library OneSearch record for the book. View a sample ebook record.

Where can I find out more?

View our Library Guide on Ebooks at Pfau Library.

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