Last Updated: Dec 10, 2019

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:

  • Sign in 
  • We highly recommend that you Read Online and Add to Your Bookshelf
    • If you choose "Download Book" it's more complicated, and you can't keep the book or any notes you may have taken past the 21 day period.
    • If you choose Download PDF Chapter, you have to wait a full 24 hours before downloading the next set of pages.


How to read the book online

How to use the Bookshelf feature 

  • Bookshelf allows you to maintain online access to the whole book and your annotations. No downloading necessary.
  • 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.
  • See the Bookshelf video (2:28)

Note: 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.

If you want access to the whole book, you'll have to download it a chapter at a time, waiting the 24 hour period in between downloads.

Download a chapter or Print to PDF 

  • These both do the same thing, and they both have limits (generally a chapter or 10% of the book)
  • You can keep chapter downloads for as long as you wish.
  • There is a 24-hour waiting period for the download limit to refresh.
  • How to Download video (3:12)

Full Download of the whole book for 21 days  

  • You can download the whole book for up to 21 days.
  • When on your own device, you'll need to install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) (free). The sole function of ADE is to manage the check out period.
  • Note: If you take notes in Adobe Digital Editions, they 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
  • How to Download video (3:12)


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