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The purpose of this guide is to help you locate and use downloadable eBooks available from Albertsons Library.

Finding eBooks at Boise State University

How to Find eBooks in WorldCat LOCAL Catalog:

1. On
 the library's homepage, click on the Books, videos and more... icon. 

2. Enter the book title, author or keywords in the Search WorldCat Discovery box and click “Search” (see image below).

3. On the left side of the results page under “Format,” click on “eBook” to limit the results to all available eBooks.



Upon locating a desired book, click the title of the book to see more information, or click View eBook to go directly to the title.

(see example below).

Note: Only eBooks listed as “Boise State University Albertsons Library” are available for online access.



On the book information page, under "View eBook" there may be multiple links to access the title. 

     Note: eBook platforms (e.g. EBSCOhost, ProQuest, OverDrive) will vary depending on the availability of the eBook. 





eBook Citations

eBook Citations

Resources available to assist with citing electronic titles: 

Albertsons Library Citing Resources LibGuide

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL)

eBook example: Stoneman, R. (2008). Alexander the Great: A life in legend. Yale University Press.

                                                      (Source: APA Manual, 7th ed. via Purdue OWL, 2022)




How long can I use an eBook?

It varies depending on the eBook supplier. Please see the individual suppliers.  Some eBooks can be downloaded for a defined time, typically 7 days or 14 days.  Some have a 30-minute idle time limit meaning that you will be logged off if there is no activity for 30 minutes. Certain ebooks can only be used online and not downloaded. The browsing time for non-downloadable books is unlimited as long as an idle time is not detected or the book is not closed.

How do I share the link to an eBook? 

From the eBook record, click on the "Share" icon and "copy link". The link can be pasted and shared, or emailed from the library catalog. 

Is there a limit to the number of devices you can activate with Digital Editions using an Adobe ID? 

Yes, the limit is 6. For more troubleshooting information, check out Adobe's Digital Edition Learn & Support

Can I download eAudiobooks to my iPad? 

Yes! Choose from different eAudiobook collections in Overdrive and Alexander Street Audio Collection. For more troubleshooting information, check out OverDrive/Libby App Help.

I'm not affiliated with Boise State University. Can I use eBooks? 

Most eBook providers require Boise State affiliation to access them.  Inquire at the Reference Desk for assistance. 


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