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General usage

I can't log in to an eresource. Why not?

Some eresources are only available to use in the Library. These are flagged with the Library icon. 

To access other eresources outside the Library (flagged with the Library and card icon), you must be a New South Wales resident, agree to the eresource access conditions and:

  • hold an active State Library of NSW card (join now), or;
  • be registered as a State Library of NSW member, using a library card from a participating NSW public library.

Already a member of your public library? Use your public library card to register as a member of the State Library

I have an active State Library card, but I can't log in to an eresource. Why not?

Try clearing your cookies and cache and restarting your browser.

If you are still having problems accessing an eresource, please Ask a Librarian by telephone, online chat or online form.

Please include the following information:

  • the eresource you are trying to access
  • your Library card number
  • your contact details

I have an active public library card, but I can't log in to an eresource. Why not?

Try clearing your cookies and cache and restarting your browser.

If you are still having problems accessing an eresource, please contact your local library.

Why can't I access all eresources from home, such as Findmypast?

Use of eresources is governed by licence agreements between the publishers and the Library. Some eresources are only available to use in the Library. These are flagged with the Library icon.

If you can’t visit the Library, you can order copies of some material.


ebooks

How do I find ebooks?

The State Library has thousands of ebooks covering many subject areas in a number of different ebook collections, including

You can also search for ebooks from Ebook Central (ProQuest)  in the Library's catalogue in the same manner as print books. When you find an ebook in the Library's catalogue, you can read the ebook via the "Read Online" link beside each ebook listed in your search results, or via the blue "Read Online" button on the full record page

Where can I read ebooks?

You can read ebooks from library computers and outside of the Library. If outside of the Library, you will be asked to log in with your Library card number.

How do I read ebooks online?

Both the Ebook Central (ProQuest) Online Reader and the Ebook Collection (EBSCOhost) eBook Viewer are web based and compatible with most web browsers. No additional software is required to read online.

How do I download ebooks?

Ebooks or individual chapters can be downloaded to your own computer for reading offline. You will find a download button on the "Download" tab in the Ebook Central (ProQuest) Online Reader and a “Full Download” icon in the Ebook Collection (EBSCOhost).

To download and read ebooks from either collection, you must have Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) installed on your computer. Please ensure you have this free software installed before downloading an ebook.

Once an ebook is downloaded it will be accessible for up to three weeks.

If you are working on a Library computer, you can only read ebooks online via the Online Reader or eBook Viewer

More information:

What is Adobe Digital Editions and why do I need it?

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) was designed specifically for reading ebooks. In order to download and read ebooks offline, you must first have ADE installed. You can download this software from the ADE website.

For detailed instructions on how to use Digital Editions please refer to the ADE Help Pages. Please also check the ADE system requirements.

Can I read ebooks on portable devices?

Downloaded ebooks can be transferred to any portable ebook reader that supports Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). There is a list of compatible devices on the Adobe website.

All portable devices with modern browser support can access Ebook Central (ProQuest) and Ebook Collection (EBSCOhost) to read ebooks online via the web.

Please note that Ebook Central ebooks cannot be downloaded to a Kindle.

Can I print or copy from an ebook?

You can print up to 20% and copy up to 5% of each Ebook Central (ProQuest) ebook, and up to 100 pages of each Ebook Collection (EBSCOhost) ebook (with some publisher-specified limits for individual titles). These limits apply to both online ebooks and downloaded ebooks.

Buttons to print and copy from an ebook are located at the top of the Ebook Central (ProQuest) Online Reader and the Ebook Collection (EBSCOhost) Collection Viewer. Printing and copying can only be done using these buttons.

The printing and copying limits are managed by each ebook platform.

Remaining print and copy balances can be viewed for each ebook on the Details tab in the Ebook Central (ProQuest) Online Reader and by choosing the print, copy or save button when viewing a book in the Ebook Collection (EBSCOhost).

Why can't I print properly?

Ebook printing problems are usually related to Adobe Reader preferences and/or browser settings.

If you're experiencing problems printing, please ensure:

  • You have Adobe Reader installed.
  • Your Adobe Reader JavaScript Preferences have Acrobat Javascript enabled.
  • Your Adobe Reader Internet Preferences are set to "Open PDF in Browser".
  • Your web browser has JavaScript enabled.