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This guide provides an overview of some of the more common ebook sites offered by the OWU Libraries and how to access them.

Accessing Databases

To access any of OWU's subscription databases, on campus or off campus, you will be prompted to login with your OWU credentials. 


This is the same login you use to access Blackboard and your OWU email.

Problems? Questions? Contact us!

Access Outside of the United States

For those not in the United States, you will need to install and login to the OWU Virtual Public Network (VPN) before attempting to access OWU ebooks, articles, and other subscription online resources. 

VPN installation instructions are here. If you have any questions or problems regarding the VPN, please contact the OWU Information Services Helpdesk

If you have questions or problems accessing online library resources, please contact us


Downloading Ebooks from Ebook Central

When you click to download a full book, highlight, or annotate pages, you will be prompted to log in with your OWU credentials (the same username and password you use to access myOWU and Blackboard). This will automatically create an account for you within EBC. With that account you can create bookshelves and notes, and be able to access that account off-campus just by logging in.

The first time you try to download a book or chapter you may be prompted to download software to allow you read the content on your device.


To download and read content from EBC on a laptop or desktop computer, you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions software. This is a free program and is different from Adobe Reader (the software used to read PDFs).

Mobile Devices

To download and read content from EBC on an iOS or Android device, you can download the free Adobe Digital Editions app or any reader app that can read Adobe DRM files. You will need to create a free Adobe ID to read Adobe Digital Edition files on mobile devices.

Read-Only and One-User Titles

Downloading has been disabled for some EBC titles that have been designated by the publisher for use by one person at a time. These titles are read-only.

A download is perceived as a virtual checkout, making the title unavailable to anyone else for 24 hours. However, if someone is simply reading it in EBC then that title is only inaccessible to others while that person has the ebook open. So to ensure greater access we have disabled the download option. 

If you are using a read-only, one-user title please make sure you close the book and log out of EBC once you have finished your work. This helps others gain access. 


Downloading EBSCO Ebooks

Accessing Safari O'Reilly Resources

Find a Safari title in CONSORT

Or in Summon...

Click on link: “Full text online” or “Connect to…”

If it's your first use or if you are off campus, you will be asked to select an institution from the list. Select Not Listed.

You will be asked for your email address.

Safari will recognize your email.



Then you will be asked for your OWU account login.

And then you will access your resource.

Subsequent use on campus will result in this message when you click on a Safari link.

You may then be asked for your OWU login if you haven’t already logged in to access other resources.

Off-Campus Access

When not on campus or the OWU network you will be asked for your email and OWU login, just as you were when you first accessed Safari on campus.

Safari Emails

After your first time logging into Safari, you will receive an email from them. It will tell you more about their content and the mobile app. You can opt out of these emails:

Have any questions about content or access? Please contact us!