Ebook guide: Ebrary

Using Ebrary


To begin reading the book, click the “Read Online” button, or on the desired chapter link in the Table of Contents.

Some ebrary titles have limits on how many UniSA Library users can read them simultaneously. If the maximum number of users has been reached, you will be unable to read or download the title until a copy becomes available.


While reading, you can search within the ebook using the “Search within book” box or the magnifying glass icon in the panel to the left.


To download a complete book, you will need to sign in to a personal ebrary account. To create an account, use the link in the top right hand corner of the page. Once signed in, you can download by choosing the “Full Download” button on the book detail page or in the icons above the reader view.

All downloaded ebooks are protected with Adobe DRM. Please see our guide to Downloading ebooks for information on the software required to read DRM-protected books. Downloaded books have up to a 7 day loan period, and will need to be downloaded again when this period has expired.

You may also download sections of ebooks as DRM-free PDF files. These files have lower resolution and watermarks, and the allowances are the same as for printing (see below). Use the "Chapter Download" or "Print to PDF" icons above the reader view.


The copy and print limits on most ebrary books are based on a percentage of the number of pages in the book:

  • Online (per book, per user session)
    • Copy up to 15%
    • Print up to 30%
  • Downloaded
    • Copy and print up to 10%

Some publishers set more restrictive limits for copying and printing. The limits can be viewed on the book details page or tab.

Use the "Copy" and "Print to PDF" icons above the reader view.


To highlight text or add notes, you will need to sign in to a personal ebrary account. To create an account, use the link in the top right hand corner of the page. Once signed in, you can select text in the reader view and use the "Highlight" or "Add Note" icons.

Ebrary at a glance

Read online Yes
Download Yes, sections as PDF or whole book as Adobe DRM
Print Yes, with page limits on detail page
Highlight/annotate Yes, with sign in to a personal account
Personal account Yes, required to download books and highlight
DRM free Limited book sections only
Simultaneous access Some titles multiple users, some single user
Online help ebrary Support Centre

Ebrary: Downloading books