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ebooks at Hope College: ebooks FAQ and Searching

A guide for using Hope's ebook collections

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I view Hope's ebooks?

You can view Hope's ebooks directly on your computer's browser, both on campus and off.  Viewing most titles off campus requires logging into your Hope account.  Ebooks are viewed directly within the vendor's platform or in a downloadable format (e.g. PDF, EPUB).

Do I have to be online to view Hope's ebooks?

Many ebook vendors allow you to download their titles for a limited "check out" period, usually using Adobe Digital Editions.  Some also allow for full or partial downloads as PDFs.  In order to use this functionality, you may need to register for a personal account with the ebook vendor and download the appropriate software.

Can I view Hope ebooks on my portable device?

Most of Hope's ebooks can be viewed on many portable devices.  Generally speaking, they are more likely to be usable on tablets and smartphones, rather than Nooks, Kindles, and other dedicated e-readers.

Can I print ebooks?

The printing allowances vary from vendor to vendor.  Most of the vendors have a limit that allows you to print a specific number of chapters or a maximum of a certain number of pages.  Some vendors, like Springer, allow you to print as many PDF chapters as you need.  However, be Green and print as little as possible!

Searching for ebooks

Search for ebooks using The MightyFind or HopeCat.

The MightyFind

Limit search results to just ebooks.


Look for the ebook icon in search results:  

Or use HopeCat's Advanced Search and limit results to Material Type "eBook".

Research/Instruction Librarians

Access Troubles or Questions?

If you are experiencing issues with accessing an ebook or have general questions about ebooks, please contact the Van Wylen Library (see above).