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What is EBL and how can I use it?

Last Updated: Jan 06, 2017  |  371 Views
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EBL is a web-based e-book lending platform. Records for thousands of online academic books published 2011 to present are the Hopkins catalog, Catalyst. They appear as an online opton with this link: You can read them on- and off-line. NOTE: EBL does not work with certain versions of Internet Explorer.

Can I read EBL e-books on portable devices?

Downloaded EBL e-books can be transferred to any portable device that supports Adobe Digital Editions (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.

What if I want to read an EBL book offline?

When you click on Download, you’ll see a note saying that Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is required to read all EBL e-book downloads.  A link to download the software is provided.

What is the loan period?

Between 1 to 7 days, with the maximum being a 7 day loan period.

Can more than one person read the same EBL book at the same time?

Yes!  There is no limit to how many people can "borrow" the same book simultaneously.

Are there fines for overdue EBL books?

No.  When your time expires, you simply can’t access the book (even if you’ve downloaded it for reading offline) unless you initiate a new loan.

When the “loan period” has expired, will I be notified?

No.  If you want to continue reading the book, you simply initiate a new loan.

Can I print or copy books?

Printing and copying is governed by copyright, and usually limited to 10% of a book.  You will see a message letting you know how many pages you can print or copy.

Is there a way to keep track of the books I’ve used?

Yes.  Once you have accessed EBL, click on Bookshelf to see the books that you’ve borrowed or accessed.  You will also see all the books you have access from your ADE interface.
Is there a way to organize the titles I’ve used (or might want to use)?

Yes.  From the EBL interface, click on My Collections to create personalized folders. Before opening the Read Online option, click on the Add to Collection link to add a book to your collection folders.
Can I make notes in books and save the notes?

Yes, in the Online Reader (but not in ADE), your notes will be saved indefinitely. To access them, connect to EBL, click on Bookshelf, then the book detail view, and then click on Bookmarks.  Or, go to a particular book where you made notes, and click on the Notes tab. Important:  Notes added to Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) viewer will disappear once your loan expires. 

Can I add highlighting to an EBL book?

Yes, you can block the text and right click to choose Highlight.

Is there a list of participating publishers?

Yes. Click on Advanced Search and go to Publisher.  The drop-down menu lists all the publishers.

What publication years are covered?

The JHU Libraries’ arrangement with EBL includes books published in 2011 and later. 

How often does EBL add new book titles to the JHU catalog?

New titles are added monthly.

If I want to browse or search just EBL books, how can I do that?

There’s an entry in Databases A-Z for EBL. When you click on the EBL link, you’ll be prompted to enter your JHED login and password, regardless of whether you are on-  or off-campus.  If you want to browse or search, look for the search box.  You can choose Category and browse by broad subject, or Advanced for many other search options. Remember, EBL does not work with certain versions of Internet Explorer. 

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