EBL – Ebook Library Relaunched as ProQuest Ebook Central!



The EBL Ebook Library platform has now been relaunched as ProQuest Ebook Central.  The new platform has the same great scholarly ebook content but with a streamlined interface and improved functionality.

Where can I access ProQuest Ebook Central?

You can access Ebook Central in the same way as before; just go to our A-Z Online Resources page via the Library intranet and look for ProQuest Ebook Central.  *Remember, it is important to access resources using the authenticated links provided on the Library intranet pages.  If you don’t use these links, you may struggle to get to the full-text, especially if you are off-campus*

Ebooks on the go!

Ebook Central is designed with mobile in mind. Access the site from your tablet or phone, and download ebooks for offline reading.

What Can I do in Ebook Central?

Use Ebook Central to quickly and easily find relevant ebooks and chapters; read online; search within the ebook; and highlight, take notes and bookmark pages in your online copy, stored on your bookshelf for you.  You can also share your research with others, download ebooks and chapters to your laptop or mobile device, and more.

Where can I find more about Ebook Central?

Watch how-to videos

Read help guides and information

Quick start guide

Click on the Help button (question mark icon) from the top right of the Ebook Central platform.  This will take you to a comprehensive help section covering topics such as searching; downloading; reading online; and saving items to your bookshelf:


Key Features of Ebook Central

  • Streamlined search and advanced search options
  • Ebook Central Reader – the default view includes an expandable table of contents, a robust search within feature, relevancy ranked search terms by chapter, and a navigation tool bar in the content pane
  • Quickly return to the home screen by clicking the Ebook Central logo in the top left of the screen
  • Easily start a new search from wherever you are in Ebook Central – just look for the search box at the top of the screen, or the search link from the top right options
  • Search terms are highlighted in the results list, there’s a short description about the book and the status is clearly marked (Available = full-text available, Available on Request = 5 minute preview available and the option to request it for purchase)
  • Simple to use filters allow you to easily refine your search by Year Published, Subject, Author etc.
  • Ebooks can be downloaded (full book (if allowed) or specific chapter), read online, or added to your bookshelf.  In addition, you can easily share a link to the book and export the citation directly to RefWorks
  • Easily view print and copy allowances

More Details

  • See more about Read Online functionality here
  • See more about Book Annotations here
  • Find out about Accessibility here

Results Screen:

Ebook Central results list

If you need any further help or information on using Ebook Central, just let us know!

Contact us: library@abertay.ac.uk


Problems accessing EBL eBooks from Summon using IE – RESOLVED

The issues with EBL eBooks and Internet Explorer generating error messages both on and off-campus have now been resolved.

If you have any further problems accessing eBooks (or with any other resources) please let us know. You can contact us via Twitter, Facebook, Email, or by phone on (01382) 308833.

Thanks for your patience with this and apologies for any inconvenience it may have caused.

Problems accessing EBL eBooks from Summon using IE

There are currently issues accessing EBL eBooks when linking out from Summon using Internet Explorer both on and off-campus.

This issue is browser-specific so switching to Google Chrome (available on all university PCs) or Firefox will rectify the problem.  You won’t get an error if you have already authenticated during the current session.

If you are accessing EBL eBooks via the Library Catalogue or directly from the EBL platform, you will not encounter these error messages.

On-campus IE is generating a 500 internal server error:500error

And off-campus, IE is generating this message:


An error occurred while processing your request. Please report the details of this error to the IS Service Desk using the Incident Report Form

This service requires cookies. Please ensure that they are enabled and try your going back to your desired resource and trying to login again.

Use of your browser’s back button may cause specific errors that can be resolved by going back to your desired resource and trying to login again.

If you think you were sent here in error, please contact technical support.

If you encounter this problem, please use a different browser.  There is also a ‘Report a Problem’ option on the right- hand side of the 360 Link screen (where the red arrow is above) – please use this to send details to the Library for further investigation.

This issue has been reported to the vendor and is being worked on as a priority.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you wish to report this or any other resource problems, please email library@abertay.ac.uk