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Research Toolkit: Downloading E-Books

Research toolkit to help you learn how to find the information you need.

The Bailey Library provides students and faculty access to 145,000 e-books, the majority of which are licensed from Ebook Central. These e-books are readable on a web browser, while many are downloadable on most computing devices and e-readers. The download limit is 10 e-books at a time for up to 21 days.

To download an Ebook Central e-book to your PC/Mac/laptop:

  1. Install the free Adobe Digital Editions reader from http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html on your computer.
  2. Point your computer browser to the Bailey Library’s Ebook Central site, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/washtenaw-ebooks.
  3. Search for an e-book and click Full Download.
  4. Follow screen instructions to log in with your WCC netID and password, and click full download.
  5. Choose Laptop/Desktop.
  6. Download your book and Save the file.
  7. Open Adobe Digital Editions. Click File & Add to Library. Then open the ebook file as Adobe Content Server Message from your computer’s Downloads folder.
  8. Read the e-book on the Adobe Digital Editions reader on your computer.

To download an Ebook Central e-book to your iPad or Android device:

  1. Download the free Bluefire reader app from the App store or Google Play on your iPad or Android device.
  2. Open the Bluefire reader on your device and follow the instructions to create a free Adobe ID to authorize the use of the reader.
  3. Point your device browser to the Bailey Library’s Ebook Central site, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/washtenaw-ebooks.
  4. Search for an e-book and click Full Download.
  5. Follow screen instructions to log in with your WCC netID and password, and click full download.
  6. Choose iOS or Android.
  7. Download your book.
  8. Read the e-book in the Bluefire reader on your device.

Different devices with the same Adobe ID account can download and access the same e-book.

If you have any questions, please contact the Bailey Library at libs1@wccnet.edu or 973-3431.