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Reading, Downloading, and Printing Library E-books

ProQuest Ebook Central

Print and Download Options

Look under the Availability section of the e-book to see the limits of how many pages you can print, copy and download each day.

  • Remember that print/save allowances in ProQuest refresh every 24 hours.
  • You can also try clearing your cache and opening/closing the browser to reset it. 


Download Entire E-book

If this option is grayed out on the e-book, it is not available. 

Step 1 - Getting Started

Click on the Download Book button under the book cover of the e-book. 

  • If you haven't already logged in, it will prompt you to sign in with your Davenport University username and password. 
    • It will also ask you to select what device you are using.
    • And if it's your own computer or a public computer.

download button

Step 2  - Download Setup

You will need to download Adobe Digital Editions to read the e-book offline. 

  • Click on Get Adobe Digital Editions button to download.
  • If you have already downloaded Adobe Digital Editions, click on Done with this step


After you download Adobe Digital Editions

  • Select the number of days you want to check out the e-book.
  • Select the download format: PDF or EPUB.
  • It will download it into the Adobe Digital Reader on your computer.

Remember that you can only read this file through Adobe Digital Editions.


Step 3 - Reading E-book

  • Click on the e-book file ending with .ascm  in the download folder on your computer.  The e-book will open in Adobe Digital Editions Reader on your computer.
  • You can also click on the e-book located in  Bookshelves- All Items in the Adobe Digital Reader on your computer. 

If you selected PDF format:

  • The pages will appear one at a time by scrolling up and down.

If you selected EPUB format:

  • The e-book will appear in sections you navigate with the left & right arrows. 

The e-book will expire from your Adobe Digital Editions reader when the time is up. You can check it out again if you need more time. 

Download or Print a Chapter

After you click on the link to get into a chapter, look for the PDF or Printer icon on the toolbar at the top to download the chapter into a PDF or print the chapter..

print and download chapter icons


Or click on the Download PDF link next to the chapter name.

For more information take a look at the Chapter Download section of the Proquest guide. 

Download by Subsections of Chapters

There are limits placed on library e-books as to how many pages you can download at one time.
If the chapter you are trying to download exceeds that amount,

  • click on the show sub-sections link to download chapter sections instead. 
  • You will see a link that says What can I do? if this happens. 

Linking to a Specfic Chapter

To link to a specific chapter, click on the Read Online link next to the chapter and look for the paperclip icon at the top. Click on the paperclip and a box will open with the link you can copy and paste into a course shell. 


Timed Out Message

What do I do when ProQuest E-book Central says  You have been timed out due to inactivity. To continue, please refresh this page.

  • This means that E-book Central has detected the existence of a previous session that has timed out.

With Proquest E-books, they will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity. So when you try to return to the e-book, it will give you that message. Usually, refreshing the page will bring it back.

If that doesn't work, try the following:

  • Clear your cache.
  • Close and then open your browser. Try using Chrome or Firefox.
  • Then click the link to the e-book again. It should open up after that.

error message from ebook central