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Finding and accessing eBooks available through University of Melbourne subscriptions and online.

eBook Formats

You can read all eBooks online via their link from the library catalogue, Discovery or databases, and you will usually have the option to download them as well. 

The read online and download options appear in different positions on the screen, depending on the provider/publisher of the eBook.  E.g. EBL shows this option in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

Most of our eBooks are downloaded as either standard PDF files or are controlled by a Digital Rights Management program.

Standard PDF files - there are a range of Programs and Apps that wil read PDF files, such as:

ADE locked files - These files have Digital Rights Management (DRM) and can only be opened with Programs or Apps that are compatible with ADE, such as:

You will need to set up an Adobe ID to use ADE files.

Please note, that as Adobe Digital Editions is designed for personal use, it is not available on Library student computers.

Downloading EBL eBooks? You need Adobe Digital Editions

Get Adobe Digital Editions

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions by visiting and clicking 'download now' in the top right-hand side of the screen.
  2. Click 'launch' to activate the Adobe Digital Editions installer.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts from the Setup Assistant wizard, and create a free Adobe ID account if you don't have one.
  4. Use your  email address and set a password to login to Adobe Digital Editions (via the wizard or the member login page).
  5. 'Activate' Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.
  6. Click 'finish' to close the wizard.  You can also close the Adobe Digital Editions 'library' which has opened, as you only need this software to be loaded on your computer to download ebooks for the set period of 3 or 7 days.

Can't remember your Adobe ID or password? Follow the instructions here for Forgotten ID or Forgotten Password.

    eBooks are restricted

    Please note Hawthorn students, or anyone with a blue Approved Borrower card, do not have access to ebooks, even from public access terminals.