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ProQuest’s Ebook Central platform includes titles from hundreds of academic publishers. From a single interface, researchers can access over 810,000 ebooks and 1,350 imprints from more than 650 publishers. On average, 100,000 newly published titles are added each year from leading publishers to help libraries build dynamic collections that meet the unique needs of their community of researchers.

Getting started

ProQuest Ebook Central (formerly Ebrary) is a collection of electronic books in a wide range of subject areas. Access is available from all campus computers. FULafia faculty, staff, and students can also access this resource from off-campus. All books in ProQuest Ebook Central can be read online. Some are available to download and read offline. Unlike most of our other ebook providers, some ProQuest Ebook Central books are limited to a specific number of readers at once. If all copies are in use, you’ll get an error message that says “All copies are currently in use. Please check back later, or search for another book.”

Full Download

Some of our ProQuest Ebook Central ebooks are available to download and read offline.  For these titles, the book page will say “Available for Full Download”.  To download a title, you need to log in with a ProQuest account (your access.caltech credentials will not work).  If you haven’t created an account, please see the box below that describes how to create an account.

Full download requires either Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader (depending on whether you want to download to a computer or an iOS or Android device.  Full downloads are time-limited.

Creating an account

By creating an Ebook Central account, you can

  • Download chapters of the book to your computer as a PDF
  • Save documents, notes, and highlights to your personal bookshelf
  • Add books to your bookshelf to save for future use
  • Create folders to organize your research

If you already had an ebrary account, that username and password will work in Ebook Central.

To create your Ebook Central account:

  1. Click on the “Sign In” button in the upper right corner.
  2. On the Sign In page, click on Join Ebook Central.
  3. Complete the form and then click on Create Account.

Your Personal Bookshelf

If you have an Ebook Central account, you can store documents that you are interested in on your personal bookshelf that only you can view. The bookshelf is your workspace where you can organize your research. You can also create folders to organize your documents and annotations.

NOTE: You must first create an account to use the Bookshelf. See the box above for more details.


1. Conduct a search

2. Select a book that would like to save by clicking on the cover image or title. The onscreen reader will provide access to the full text of the book.

3. To save the book to your bookshelf, click on the Add to Bookshelf link on the left side of the screen.


1. To view the books on your bookshelf, click on the Bookshelf tab near the top right of the screen.

2. Your folders will be listed on the left side of the screen. The contents of the folders will be listed on the right side of the screen. To add a new folder, click on the Add Folder link on the left. To place books in folders, simply drag your books from the right side to a folder on the left.

Exporting Citations to EndNote®

Exporting single references from Ebook Central:

From the book details page, click on the Cite Book link on the left side and then click EndNote/Citavi. This will export a .action file. This filetype might not be associated with EndNote, so if the EndNote application doesn’t open automatically, double-click the downloaded file and choose EndNote as the application to open it with.

Exporting multiple references from Ebook Central:
  1. Sign in to Ebook Central.
  2. Add the references you want to export to your Bookshelf.
  3. You can do this from the search results list or from the details page for a specific book.
  4. Select the Bookshelf link at the top. Create a folder for the references you have saved to your bookshelf, or put them in an existing folder.  You must put your references in a folder in order to export them to EndNote.
  5. Click on the folder name to view its contents. Click the Cite Folder icon to the upper right of the list of books and change the setting for EXPORT AS to Endnote/Citavi.
  6. As when exporting a single book, you may need to associate the .action file downloaded with EndNote.

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