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Partial/Chapter Downloading

  • Most library ebooks allow downloading chapters or portions of the ebook as PDFs with no additional software or restrictions. For the example book below (The Calculus Story) access the ebook by clicking on the "Online access may be available" or "Full text available at" links from OneSearch.

The ebook record showing how it is in full-text.


  • You will see either "Read Online" in your browser or "Download PDF Chapter."
    • Click "Read Online" to be able to read the entire book in your browser.
    • Click "Download PDF Chapter" which allows you to download up to 84 pages of the ebook as a PDF.*

An image of an eBooks detailed page where it shows how you can read the book.

Important Note: 

*The maximum number of pages that can be printed/downloaded as a PDF varies widely - not all ebooks allow downloading up to 84 pages as a PDF. There are some ebooks that allow very little printing / PDF-downloading, and some that allow hundreds of pages to be downloaded.

Full / Offline Downloading

Many (but not all) Library ebooks can be downloaded and read offline in their entirety.  Some ebooks are simple and only require you to click download to do this.  However, there are certain ebooks that are Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected ebooks that limit downloading or require 3rd party software for downloading and offline reading. In most of these cases, the following will be required to download and read a DRM-protected ebook:

  • An Adobe ID (you must personally create this; it is not tied to your CSUSM network account)

Adobe Sign In screen

Adobe Create an Account Screen

You will need Adobe Digital Editions screenshot

Adobe Digital Editions Installers page

Adobe Digital Editions Authorize Your Computer

  • Now you can download a book in its entirety.  For example, to download The Calculus Story click the "Download Book" button. 

Click the Download Book button to download book

  • Click on the type of device you are using.

When downloading a book a screen appears that asks "What device are you using?"

  • You will be taken to a screen that says "You will need Adobe Digital Editions."  If you haven't downloaded it yet, click "Get Adobe Digital Editions."  If you already have it, click "Done with this Step."

"You will need Adobe Digital Editions" screenshot with arrow pointing to "Done with this Step."

  • Choose your Loan Length and choose if you want EPUB or PDF as your download option.

When downloading a book a screen appears to allow you to choose length of loan and PDF or EPUB.

  • Once you click "Download" the book will open in Adobe Digital Editions.

The book now appears in Adobe Digital Editions.