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Electronic Book Collections: Introduction


A search in the UFV Library catalogue for almost any subject now brings up titles identified as "E-Book on the Internet". These are electronic versions of complete books or documents from a number of different sources, including EBSCOhost, Ebook Central - Proquest, Oxford Reference, Gale Virtual Reference, Sage, Canadian Electronic Library Publishers Collection, and Springerlink.

To view these titles, just click on the URL link in the catalogue record. From on campus, the titles will open on your computer screen.  From off campus,  most titles require authentication. (Off campus access details below). Please remember to turn off your popup blocker.

What is the Difference between a Subscription Collection and a Purchased one?

The content in a subscription package is likely to change. Usually user access is unlimited.

The content in a purchased collection in permanent and will not change. Access varies from 1 to unlimited concurrent users.

How Many Students Can Look at the Book at One Time?

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions is a free software program used to download and purchase digital content, read content online or offline, organize a custom library, make page annotations in content, and transfer DRM-protected content to other devices.

This software is necessary if you want to download UFV Library ebooks onto personal devices or a home computer. Adobe Digital Editions will automatically set "due dates" based on UFV licensing agreements, and your downloaded ebooks will be de-activated after the loan period. These loan periods are not the same as the ones for the UFV Library print collection.

You are required to create an account with Adobe in order to use Adobe Digital Editions.

Other ebook reader software is available, but will not necessarily work with the ebooks available through the UFV Library.


While it is necessary for some data to be communicated from individual ADE installations to Adobe servers in order to authenticate user access and set loan periods for borrowed DRM-protected ebooks, recently it has been discovered that the new Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 software scans the hard drives of personal computers and sends an extensive amount of private data back to Adobe servers.Initially, the data was sent unencrypted, but now the data is encrypted before transmission. However, this is still a serious privacy concern, and the matter has yet to be adequately addressed by Adobe.

For maximum privacy, it is recommended that you only download  Adobe Digital Editions 3.0.

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