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Aug. 27 - Dec. 22, 2015

Mon 8 AM - 10 PM
Tue 8 AM - 10 PM
Wed 8 AM - 10 PM
Thu 8 AM - 10 PM*
Fri 8 AM - 7 PM*
Sat 10 AM - 6 PM*
Sun 12 PM - 5 PM*
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*Library & Quiet Study
CLOSED Nov. 26 - 29


eBook Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I access ebooks from the Library?

There are two ways to access ebooks from the Library website. eBooks can be accessed through the Library Catalog. eBooks can also be accessed through the Library eBooks page. Here, patrons can browse the ebook databases.

2. Do I need special software to download ebooks?

Two eBook databases require Adobe Digital Edition, Ebrary and Ebscohost. However, Ebrary ebooks allow for the creation of image PDFs similar to their page printing limit. All other BMCC owned ebook database collections, such as Ovid, Springer, and Palgrave, offer a PDF download.

3. Where can I get Adobe Digital Edition?

Patrons can download the Adobe Digital Edition from the link provided on the ebooks page or download here. The software is free.

4. How can I access ebooks from off campus?

Patrons need to log on using their BMCC wireless username and password in order to access and download ebooks. The off campus instructions for the Library's electronic resources can be found here.

5. Can I print ebooks?

Yes, permissions vary from ebook vendor to vendor, but usually printing from ebooks is allowable and printing limit on the pages can be found here.

6. Can I check out ebooks?

Patrons may choose to view any ebook within the BMCC ebook collection, without checking it out, by clicking on the ebook link. eBooks in the Ebscohost ebook database and Ebrary ebook database may be checked out for 7 days and 14 days, respectively. Patrons must create a MyEbscohost account to check out an ebook from the Ebscohost ebook database. Patrons need to log on using their BMCC wireless username and password in order to checkout ebooks from the Ebrary ebook database while on and off campus.

7. How can I return ebooks if I checked out certain ebook on my device?

When the loan period is over, the ebook is checked in automatically and is available for others to use.

8. How can I get access to an ebook if it is already checked out to someone?

In the case of Ebscohost, there is a limit to the number of simultaneously checked out ebooks. If someone else has already checked out an ebook title from the Ebscohost ebook database, a patron may still access the ebook's table of contents and opt for an e-mail notification for its checkout availability.

9. How can I access an ebook if the title link, or URL link, is not working in the Library Catalog, either on or off campus?

If an ebook title link is not working in the Library Catalog, try to access the title in the appropriate ebook database on the eBooks page. Please report the dead link to the Library.

10. Can I borrow an e-reader from library?

Yes, patrons can checkout e-readers for 7 days from the Library's Periodical Desk using their library-activated BMCC ID card.

11. How can I transfer ebooks to an e-reader device?

Patrons can download and transfer ebooks to their e-reader device. Detailed instructions specific to an ebook collection are available on the Library's Handouts page.

*For more information on ebooks see the eBook Access Information Chart.