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E-Books at the University of Dayton

How to find and access e-books (and print books) at the University of Dayton.

How to place holds or get access when content is unavailable

If you come across an e-book that is not immediately available, or if it's entirely outside UD's collections, then you have a couple options to obtain a copy:

  1. If the e-book is listed as unavailable within EBSCO's eBook Collection (because all copies are already in use), then chances are you can place a hold on the e-book and gain access once it becomes available again

  2. If UD does not have access to the e-book you want, then you might be able to request a print copy of the entire book (or a PDF of an individual chapter) through our OhioLINK lending program or through our free Interlibrary Loan Service

  3. If both UD and OhioLINK do not have access, then you can request that UD Libraries purchase the e-book (note: this last option only applies if you're a UD faculty or staff member)

Placing holds in EBSCO's eBook Collection

A unique feature of EBSCO's eBook Collection is the ability to place holds on titles when they are unavailable due to user limits. To place a hold on one of UD's EBSCO e-books, please use the following instructions:

  • When books are already in use, the "PDF Full Text" link (circled in the first screenshot below) will bring up a pop-up screen with a message of "Sorry, this eBook is in use. Currently, [?] other users are in the hold queue for this eBook," and there will be a link to "Sign In / Create Account" to place a hold on the title (as pictured in the second screenshot below)
  • To place the hold, click on the link circled here labelled "Sign In / Create Account"
  • Selecting this link will take you to the following page, where you will have the option to either sign up for a new account or sign in with your existing credentials. Note: this account can use any username/email and password; it does not need to be the same as your UD credentials.
  • Once you've successfully signed in, the dark blue "Place Hold" link will appear. Click this link to complete the hold request, as pictured here:
  • To confirm that your hold has been successfully placed, the screen will update with a green success message, as pictured here:
  • As mentioned in the screenshot above, you will receive an email once your hold is available to check out. The email will provide a convenient link to access the e-book once it's available, as pictured here:
email confirmation for hold in EBSCO
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