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Lansing Community College Library

E-Books: Use E-Books

Find and use e-books from the Library.

General Tips

Library e-books work well on computers and laptops. They might not work as well on some smartphones and tablets.

Library e-books often don't allow you to print or copy pages (some allow a limited amount of copying/printing). 

Some e-books can be temporarily downloaded to your device and some can only be read online.

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ProQuest E-Book Central

LCC Library provides access to e-books from many different databases. However, many library e-books come from ProQuest E-Book Central. Below are some tips for using these e-books.

Accessibility Mode

Here are instructions for turning on accessibility mode for screen readers.

Licenses

ProQuest Central e-books in LCC's collection are licensed for different numbers of users. Some e-books can only be used by one person at a time and other books allow for multiple people to read at the same time. The first page about the e-book will say which type of e-book you are using, as well as how many pages you are allowed to print or download from the e-book.

Single User E-Books

Only 1 person can read the book at a time. If you get a message that the e-book is being read by another person, you will need to try to login again later. When that person logs out of the book or is timed out of the book for inactivity, a different person will be able to access the book. You can read single user e-books online, but won't be able to download the entire book.

Three User E-Books

Up to 3 people at a time can read these titles. If you are the 4th person trying to access the book, you will need to try to login again later. When a person logs out of the book or is timed out of the book for inactivity, you will be able to access the book. You can read 3-user e-books online, but won't be able to download the entire book.

Unlimited E-Books or Multiple Copies E-Books

Any number of people can access a multiple user e-book and the book should never be busy. You will usually also be able to download the entire book to your computer for a limited amount of time: either one week or one day, depending on the title. If you haven't finished using the book, you can log back in and download the book again.

Number of Licences

If you are a faculty member and want to use an e-book for your class, you need to make sure it is licensed to be used by more than one person. Contact Fran Krempasky with questions about licensing.