Skip to main content
Lund University

eBooks @ Lund University Libraries: Ebook Central (ProQuest)

ation för bibliotekarier

ProQuest erbjuder från och med 2018 DRM-fria e-böcker på Ebook Central-plattformen. DRM-fri innebär i detta fall att böckerna inte kräver någon speciell inloggning (förutom CAS utanför LU-campus) eller någon särskild programvara för att kunna läsas. Böckerna kan laddas ner både per kapitel eller som hel bok. Det finns heller inte några restriktioner vad gäller nerladdning, utskrifter, kopiera/klistra in, och böckerna är tillgängliga på alla bärbara enheter (iPad, laptops, tablets etc) som stödjer PDF och EPUB-formatet. Biblioteken kan köpa dessa böcker titel-för-titel, via prenumeration, eller via olika förvärvsmodeller (t ex DDA, ATO, GOBI, LibCentral). Det är också möjligt att uppgradera redan köpta böcker med ’perpetual access’ till DRM-fria versioner. LUB äger redan ett antal eböcker på Ebook Central som är DRM-fria och har även valt att uppgradera köpta titlar, se lista över LU:s köpta böcker som är DRM-fria längre ner på sidan.

Ebook Central is the new resource from ProQuest that integrates ebrary and EBL Ebook Library into a new platform with a new interface and new functionality. Lund University have access to 2649 ebooks (January 2020) on Ebook Central. Ebook availability is displayed at the bottom of each record, Available means that you can access the book. If a book has limited user access and all available copies are in use the status will change to In use. Most of the books have multiple-user access, but a small number of books have a limited number of either 1 or 3 simultaneous user access. To find out if the book has limited access go to the Book detail page by clicking on the icon Table of Content and more on the right-hand side of the record. In the Availability box you will find information about access, number of days for check-out, printing and copying:

Please note that the eBook Central platform has a timeout and if you are idle for 15 minutes your session will timeout automatically and you will see a blank page with this message: "You have been timed out due to inactivity. To continue, please refresh this page." Just reload the page in the web browser to continue reading the book.

The Bookshelf is your personal account that can be used to save downloaded books, recently viewed books, notes and highlights. You need to be signed in to use your Bookshelf, please note that your Student Account or LUCAT-ID cannot be used for this. To create your own Bookshelf click on the link in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

In the Result List of LUBsearch and ePublications there is a link to 'Terms of Use' where you will find information about the number of simultaneous users and the terms of use for downloading and printing for each individual ebook:

Information on downloading

  • The number of days you can borrow/download an ebook differs depending on the number of simultaneous users. Books with an unlimited number of users can be borrowed for 1-3 days, books with a limited number of users can only be borrowed for 1 day.
  • Ebooks can be downloaded to laptops, desktops, tablets and phones (iOS and Android).
  • The download screen recognizes the device you are using.
  • We recommend that you choose the EPUB format when downloading to tablets and phones since this format is re-sizeable.
  • For a full ebook download to a Laptop/Desktop you will need Adobe Digital Editions
  • If you would like to transfer the downloaded ebook to another device a Adobe ID (free) is required.
  • You can download the book as a full ebook download, as a chapter, a page or a range of pages in PDF.
  • Chapters are DRM-free and can be downloaded to PDF from the Ebook Central Reader. A chapter download does not expire. Please note that pages included in your Chapter Download are counted as part of your overall print allowances.
  • In your Bookshelf, under Downloads & Loans, you can se the number of days and hours until each book expires.
  • URL's to pages in ebooks can be copied and shared with other users at Lund University (but not outside).
  • Please Note that you are not allowed to print out a complete ebook.

Before using Ebook Central for the first time, we recommend that you take a look at the training videos on YouTube.


Name Ebook Central
Publisher/Provider ProQuest
Subjects included All Academic subjects
Type of resource Platform with ebooks in fulltext
Fulltext format PDF, EPUB
Accessibility Via IP address
Login authentication required Yes, you will be prompted to login via LU's Central Authentication Service (CAS) with a Student Account or LUCAT-ID both on and off LU-campus.
Number of concurrent users Most of the books have multiple-user access, but a small number of books have a limited number of either 1 or 3 simultaneous user access.
Download required No
Must be borrowed Yes
Number of days for download Books with an unlimited number of users can be downloaded for 1-3 days. Books with a limited number of users can be downloaded for 1 day. It is not necessary to return an ebook as access will be denied when the number of days you have chosen are over.
Download and read offline Yes, ebooks can be downloaded to tablets and phones and read offline. For more info on downloading, please see General information.
Download to a portable device Yes, for more info please se General information.
Copying Copying is restricted by DRM, you may copy up to 20% of a book.
Printing Printing is restricted by DRM, you may print up to 40% of a book.
Text to speech No, Ebook Central doesn't have an integrated text-to-speech function but the TTS software TorTalk is compatible. You can also use accessibility mode, in which pages of books are presented as text rather than images. If you use a screen reader such as JAWS, NVDA or VoiceOver instructions to turn on accessibility mode are available for reading when you enter the page.
Export references Yes
Export formats Citation styles: APA, Chicago/Turabian - Notes-Bibliography, Chicago/Turabian - Author-Date, Harvard, MLA, or Vancouver
How do I suggest a purchase Students and staff: Please contact your faculty library.
Librarians: Se Förvärv av elektroniska resurser för mer info.
Restrictions Walk-in users: Due to license agreement terms Ebook Central require a student or staff login (LUCAT/Student ID) via the Central Authentication Service (CAS) even when you are on LU-campus. Because of this, these ebooks are not available for walk-in users.
Interlibrary loan / Fjärrlån No, ILL or any distribution of copies in either print or electronic form is not allowed.      
Text and Data Mining (TDM)  
Miscellaneous Watch training videos for Ebook Central on YouTube or check out the ProQuest libguide