Book Club Perks from MEL

Did you know your whole book club or classroom or neighborhood could download the same title from MEL's eBook collection AT THE SAME TIME?

Yes, you read that correctly, there is a whole collection of eBooks available that have no limit to the number of patrons that can borrow them simultaneously!

How Do I access these books?

The first step is looking at the extensive list of eBook resources available through MEL. We have listed them below and each collection's title is linked to the corresponding database. Explore! 

eBook Academic Collection 

Thousands of titles ranging from literary criticism to health, mathematics, sports, and religion. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook Business Collection 

A key resource for academic and business school libraries. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook High School Collection 

For high school students and educators. There is a selection of teacher resources and titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook K-8 Collection 

Titles that support K-8 students across all subject areas. Also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators including Common Core alignment. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook Public Library Collection 

Large collection of reference books featuring titles for both adults and kids. Covers a wide variety of topics from self-help and fitness to cooking and personal finance. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

Want to seach all the databases with one click?

eBook Full Ebsco Collection 

200,000 plus titles. Includes: Biography Reference eBook Collection, Consumer Health Reference eBook Collection, eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost), eBook Business Collection (EBSCOhost), eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), eBook High School Collection (EBSCOhost), eBook K-8 Collection (EBSCOhost), eBook Public Library Collection (EBSCOhost), Literary Reference eBook Collection, MAS Reference eBook Collection, MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection, Middle Search Reference eBook Collection, Primary Search Reference eBook Collection, Science Reference eBook Collection

Now what?

You can search each database using the search bar at the top. Or, you can explore featured content and browse by category from the clickable menu on the left hand side.

When you have found something you would like to borrow, you will need to sign in. Click "sign in" on the blue tab at the top of the page. There is a red arrow pointing to it in the picture below. 

When you click "sign in" it will bring you to a sign in page. If this is your first time borrowing an Ebsco eBook, you will need to create an account. You can choose to use your Google Account or below the sign in button there is an option to "Create one now," indicated with a yellow arrow in the picture below. You only need to go though this process one time. The login you create will be good for loggng in to any of the collections. 

Now that you have an account, sign in and you can save any book you are interested in to your folder. This will store that title for you until you are ready to check it out.

Saving books to your folder is a good way to compile a list of books you are interested in, so you can easily find them when you are ready to check out, or next time you sign in to Ebsco.

Check out

The first thing you will need to do is download Overdrive or Adobe Digital Editions to your mobile device. The app must be on the device and logged in or synced to your account before you download the book.

To be honest, Overdrive is much simpler to use and you may already have it downloaded on your device if you take ebooks out of ELPL. If this is your first time using Overdrive, you will need your library card to login. If you choose to use Adobe Digital Editions, you will need to create an Adobe ID to use and connect your Adobe ID to the Adobe Digital Editions app. For additional help with this step, please view the Downloading Ebsco eBooks to your mobile device video tutorial.

When you are ready to take a book out, click "Full Download"

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A window will pop up. Select EPUB and make sure to check the box next to I have Adobe Digital Editions or equivalent installed - even if you are using Overdrive.

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The file will download to your device and if you have Overdrive, it will ask you if you would like to use Overdrive or may even open the Overdrive app for you and confirm that you wish to open the ebook. If you are using Adobe Digital Editions, you will need to copy the file to the Adobe Digital Editions app or find the downloaded ebook file and indicate that it should be opened in Adobe Digital Editions.

If you have trouble with this step, you can re-download the book and try again.

For further help with downloading Ebsco eBooks, please visit their help page. Ebsco eBooks are a resources provided by MEL.org

Happy reading!

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