ProQuest Ebook Central (formerly Ebrary) is a collection of electronic books in a wide range of subject areas. Access is available from all campus computers. Caltech faculty, staff, and students can also access this resource from off campus.
All books in ProQuest Ebook Central can be read online. Some are available to download and read offline.
Unlike most of our other ebook providers, most ProQuest Ebook Central books are limited to a specific number of readers at once (typically 1 or 3). If all copies are in use, you'll get an error message that says "All copies are currently in use. Please check back later, or search for another book."
Some of our ProQuest Ebook Central ebooks are available to download and read offline. For these titles the book page will say "Available for Full Download". To download a title, you need to log in with a ProQuest account (your access.caltech credentials will not work). If you haven't created an account, please see the box below that describes how to create an account.
Full download requires either Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader (depending on whether you want to download to a computer or an iOS or Android device. Full downloads are time limited.
By creating an Ebook Central account, you can
If you already had an ebrary account, that username and password will work in Ebook Central.
To create your Ebook Central account:
If you have an Ebook Central account, you can store documents that you are interested in on your personal bookshelf that only you can view. The bookshelf is your workspace where can organize your research. You can also create folders to organize your documents and annotations. ebrary helps you keep track of which folders your work is in and which items are not categorized.
NOTE: You must first create an account to use the Bookshelf. See the box above for more details.
ADDING BOOKS TO YOUR BOOKSHELF
1. Conduct a search
2. Select a book that would like to save by clicking on the cover image or title.The onscreen reader will provide access to the full text of the book.
3. To save the book to your bookshelf, click on the Add to Bookshelf link on the left side of the screen.
VIEWING YOUR BOOKSHELF & CREATING FOLDERS
1. To view the books on your bookshelf, click on the Bookshelf tab near the top right of the screen.
2.Your folders will be listed on the left side of the screen. The contents of the folders will be listed on the right side of the screen. To add a new folder, click on the Add Folder link on the left. To place books in folders, simply drag your books from the right side to a folder on the left.
Exporting single references from Ebook Central:
From the book details page, click on the Cite Book link on the left side and then click EndNote/Citavi. This will export a .action file. This filetype might not be associated with EndNote, so if the EndNote application doesn't open automatically, double-click the downloaded file and choose EndNote as the application to open it with.
Exporting multiple references from Ebook Central: