UMC subscribed ebook collections

The UMC Library subscribes to large eBook collections eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) and Ebook Central, each of which contain around 150,000 titles. These subscribed collections can be read online using a web browser and can also be downloaded for offline reading.

UMC students, staff, and faculty also have access to many ebooks through shared subscriptions with the other University of Minnesota libraries. These include ebooks from major publishers: Wiley Online Library, Science Direct, Brill E-Books among others. These ebooks are generally collections of essays or papers on a topic with each essay being a separate pdf formatted document. These documents can be read online using a reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader or saved to your computer for later reading.

All Minnesotans have access to an ebook collection called Ebooks Minnesota, which covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from our state's independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction. 

Reading eBooks online

You can read ebooks online using a standard web browser on your computer or a mobile device. On the larger screens this works well. These ebooks have many features that enhance the reading experience. Many of the books from our collections are searchable within the Library Catalog and can also be found in the UMC Library Database page eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) and Ebook Central.

It is also possible to download ebooks for offline reading. Because of the restrictions of copyright and licensing, there are some authorization requirements that must be done (just once) before you are able download to use books offline from our two largest eBook collections eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): and Ebook Central.

Downloading eBooks for offline use - Authorizing

You can download ebooks for offline use in two of our largest ebook collections eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): and Ebook Central. Both vendors require that you install Adobe Digital Editions to view and store the books offline.

To install Digital Editions follow the instructions on the Adobe Digital Editions website.

Authorizing Adobe Digital Editions After installation of Digital Editions, the Setup Assistant wizard prompts you to activate Adobe Digital Editions (you must be online during this process). During activation, you have the option to authorize your computer with an Adobe ID. If you don't have an Adobe ID, creating one is free and only takes a minute. The Adobe ID enables you to check out ebooks protected by digital rights management (DRM)

Getting an Adobe ID
To create an Adobe ID, fill in the form with your information.

Downloading eBooks to your computer

Both eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): and Ebook Central require a user account and to have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer.


- While on the campus network go to eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) and click the "Sign in" link on the upper right of a record. On the "Sign In to My EBSCOhost" page, click the "Create a new Account" link.
Fill in the information requested.


- Ebook Central requires that you login on their site using your UMC internet username and password. Your account is created when you login.


From UMC Library homepage and select UMC Library Database and scroll down and choose either Ebook Central or eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): Search and find a book you want to check out. While viewing the book online select the Download option. The download option will bring up the "Open With" dialog and Adobe Digital Editions will appear as the default option. It may take a few minutes to download the entire book.

Checkout period is usually 7 or 14 days which is generally set by the book publisher.