Last Updated: Dec 21, 2017

Ebook Central is a paid subscription providing access to thousands of full-text ebooks on many topics. NPS users can access these ebooks on a desktop/laptop, or with mobile apps for Android and Apple products.

You can find these books either through the Ebook Central site or by searching the library.

Using the Ebook Central platform:

First, sign in with your NPS credentials.

Recommendation: Read Online is the best choice because you can save to your bookshelf and take annotations which you can retrieve later.
If you choose Full Download you won't be able to save your annotations, and it won't be saved to your Bookshelf.


Read the book online using the Ebook Central Reader in your browser

Use Bookshelf Bookshelf to save and access your books online. No downloading.

  • Bookshelf allows you to maintain online access to the whole book and your annotations. No downloading.
  • You need an Internet connection.
  • Sign in
  • Once you annotate, highlight, or bookmark, the system will automatically save into your Bookshelf.
  • Bookshelf features: Download & Loans list, Recently Viewed, Annotations, Folder Organization, Sharing, Emailing, Exporting, Citing
  • Tip: We sometimes lose access to a small fraction of books due to actions beyond our control. If you're worried about losing your notes, make sure to export them. The exported file is a simple text file, but it will at least have the page numbers associated with your notes. Highlighted text does not export.
  • See the Bookshelf video (2:28)

Download a chapter Chapter download   or Print to PDF Print to PDF

  • These both do the same thing -- open as PDFs.
  • You can keep chapter downloads for as long as you wish.
  • Each book has limits to the number of pages you can download.
  • The limit refreshes every 24 hours.
  • How to Download video (3:12)

Full Download of the whole book  Book download

  • You can download the whole book for up to 21 days.
  • When on your own device, install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) (free). The sole function of ADE is to manage the check out period.
  • Tip: Make annotations in the Ebook Central Reader NOT in Adobe Digital Editions! Notes in ADE will disappear when the book is checked in.
  • On iOS and Android devices, get the Bluefire Reader app (free) and an Adobe ID (free).
  • How to read on Kindle Fire
  • ‚ÄčHow to Download video (3:12)


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