Loyola University Chicago Libraries

E-Books: EBL


What is EBL?
EBL is a web-based ebook lending platform containing thousands of online academic books which are available for reading on or offline.  You can find EBL e-books in our online catalog or via the EBL entry in the Research Databases list accessible from the Libraries' homepage.

Who can use EBL e-books?
Only current Loyola University students, faculty and staff can access EBL titles since it requires a current LUC username and password.

What is the loan period?
The loan period for online reading is 24 hours.  However, once you download a title to a device, you will have offline access to that book for 7 days.

Are there fines for overdue EBL books?
No. When your time expires, you simply cannot access the book (even if you have downloaded it for reading offline).  You may go into our catalog, find the book, and check it out again.  You can also log into EBL via the Research Databases list and look for the ebook in you Bookshelf.

When the “loan period” has expired, will I be notified?
No. You will simply no longer be able to access the e-book.

Is there a way to keep track of the books I have used?
Yes. Once you are logged into EBL, click on the Bookshelf to see the books that you have borrowed or accessed.

Is there a way to organize the titles I have used (or might want to use)?
Yes. In EBL click on My Collections to create folders to store titles by subject or any other category, even if you have not actually used or borrowed the titles.

Can I print or copy books?
Printing and copying is governed by copyright and is usually limited to 10% of a book. You will see a message letting you know how many pages you can print or copy for each title.

What if I want to read an EBL book offline?
You will need to download the EBL book to your device of choice (such as a desktop, laptop, or iPad).  When you click on the Download button, you’ll see a note saying that Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is required to read all EBL ebooks. A download link is provided if your device does not already have ADE.

Can I read EBL e-books on portable devices?
Downloaded EBL e-books can be transferred to any portable device that has ADE. A list of compatible devices is available on the ADE website. Portable devices with browser support (such as the iPhone/iPad) can also access EBL and Read Online via the free Bluefire app, which supports ADE. 

Is there a list of participating publishers?
Yes. Once in EBL, click on Advanced Search and go to Publisher. The drop-down menu lists all the publishers which work with EBL.

What publication years are covered?
Loyola Libraries currently has access to EBL e-books published from 2009 and later.  If you are looking for an e-book and you do not see it available, please contact Loyola Libraries with your request at http://libraries.luc.edu/purchase.

How often does EBL add new book titles to the catalog?
New titles are added monthly.

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