Using E-Books Purchased by the Library



Using an eBooks in a Course

Each eBook collection has different DRM rules; use their help pages to find out how Digital Rights Management applies in each individual case.

Many eBooks are have an unlimited or simultaneous user status. This means that the book can be accessed by multiple users simultaneously. There’s no longer a need to order multiple copies of a single title to add to the reserve shelf. Some titles are still single-user, which means that only one user at a time can access the title. This is a decision by publishers, and many are moving to unlimited models.


What You Can Do

Digital Rights Management- DRM is any technology that inhibits uses of digital content that is not desired or intended by the content provider. Digital locks are placed in accordance with DRM, to ensure that use of the digital content is in keeping with the DRM policies. Three main DRM schemes are used for eBooks:- Adobe, Apple  and Marlin Trust Management Organization (MTMO) other more specific DRM schemes exist for Adobe and Microsoft readers.

DRM is of concern to library users because e-book publishers differ in how much they will let you print, copy, and download. When using digital material in class and for research librarians, faculty and students must be aware of the limitations imposed by DRM.

HOWEVER! There are ways to manage these usage limits, and the library can help you find and use the titles and chapters you need while staying safely in compliance with DRM.