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Accessing eBooks

This guide provides information on accessing ebooks in a variety of disciplines.


ABC-CLIO ebooks are purely web-based and cannot be downloaded. However, they can be used by mobile devices, and any number of patrons can use them at the same time without an issue.

You may freely select portions of the ebooks at ABC-CLIO to print.  When viewing a page, select the print option, then choose a range of pages to print out.

EBSCO eBooks

Upon accessing the Ebscohost Ebooks database, click the Sign In button in the upper right corner. Select Create a New Account. You will need to set up an account for many Ebsco features such as search alerts and storing articles in folders for later use.  You will also need it to download ebooks from this platform, although most of our Ebscohost Ebooks cannot be downloaded.

Gale eBooks

To view all Gale Virtual Reference Library ebooks available to Nimitz LIbrary's patrons, please click here.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Ebooks can be viewed in discrete chapters. Each chapter can be downloaded as a pdf file, but you should not download many or all of the chapters of any one book. Systematic downloading will be considered a violation of the terms of use for Nimitz Library's purchases and subscriptions of digital content.

Project MUSE

Project MUSE has partnered with not-for-profit scholarly presses to provide journals and books on their platform for free.  More than 50 publishers have chosen to temporarily make content freely available directly from the Project MUSE website.  You can access more than 15,000 books, and over 230 journal titles through this current initiative.

ProQuest Ebook Central

ProQuest Ebook Central (formerly ebrary) is multidisciplinary. In order to create an account, click the Sign In link. 

Upon selecting your ebook, you should see a Detail Page. The detail page also indicates whether or not a book may be fully downloaded. However, even if the full book cannot be downloaded, you should still be able to print to PDF a local copy of a portion of the ebook. Ebook Central sets limits on how many pages may be copied or printed at a time.  

Off-Site Access

Links in middle column work ONLY if you are CURRENTLY logged in to the VPN (for faculty) or VMware (for midshipmen).  These procedures allow access to Nimitz Library resources from off the Yard. 

Open Access eBooks - No Connection Required

Navy Digital Library