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eBooks at ACU

This guide explains: what eBooks are, which ones ACU Library subscribes to and how to access, print and download them.

Ebrary @ACU Library

ebrary logo

You will find Ebrary eBooks either individually when you are in Library Search or you can access and browse the Ebrary collection.

When you access Ebrary off campus, you'll be prompted to login with your ACU username and password.

Ebrary eBooks can be read online or downloaded.

You can download on student public computers as ADE is loaded onto the computers. You can also download onto your personal computer, mobile devices or supported eReaders.

Create an Ebrary account

You must create an Ebrary user account before you can:

  • highlight and annotate documents
  • save documents and annotations to your personal bookshelf
  • create folders on the bookshelf to organise your research

To create an account:

  • select the ebrary sign in button link in the top right hand corner
  • select Create an Account
  • complete the form and select Create New Account

Ebrary on mobile

Use the Bluefire eReader app (details below) to look at Ebrary books on your mobile. Use it to:

  • search and read eBooks online
  • download eBooks directly to your device
  • copy and paste excerpts from eBooks
  • read previously downloaded eBooks offline
  • return downloaded eBooks

Bluefire eReader App

Bluefire is a popular free application (app) for users wanting to read library books on the iPad.

The epubbook blog has useful advice and instructions:

1. First, download the Bluefire Reader app from iTunes (available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch).

2. Activate Bluefire with your Adobe ID; start the app and on the “Library” page click the “Info” icon, located at the bottom. Here you will see the button for activating your Bluefire reader.

3. Next, visit the Library online, checkout an eBook, and click the download link – when asked to save or open, select “Open with Digital Editions”.

4. Using iTunes transfer the book to the Bluefire app;

  • Connect your iPad to a computer and start iTunes.
  • Select your device (iPad/iPhone) and click on the “Apps” tab.
  • Scroll down to the “File Sharing” section and click the “Bluefire Reader” icon in the Apps section.
  • Click the “Add…” button.

5. Browse to where Adobe Digital Editions has stored your eBook. By default they will be saved to one of these locations;

On Windows: your-home-directory/Documents/My Digital Editions
On OSX: your-home-directory/Documents/Digital Editions

6. The EPUB book will then transfer to Bluefire -- then start reading.

Download an Ebrary ebook

1Download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) and follow the instructions for installation and creating your Adobe ID. ADE is the free software used to read eBooks from Ebrary.

2: In Ebrary, click the Download button: 

ebrary download button

3: Sign In to your Ebrary account. If you have not already created an account with Ebrary, click the Sign in link in the top right hand corner of the screen: 

ebrary sign in button

** Please note this account is your own Ebrary account.

4: Once logged in you are able to download a PDF of a chapter or a range of pages. You can also download the entire document for 14 days.


The general allowance for both printing and copying from Ebrary is a maximum of 60 pages per book.

There are some books by certain publishers who set a more restrictive limit, which will be indicated when you try to print.

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