Unfortunately there is no way to "recall" or queue for e-books. If demand for a title is high, an additional copy may be purchased and/or the loan period may be reduced to allow greater access to the e-book.
McMaster is part of OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries), a consortium which has licensed e-book software from ebrary. Over the next several years, OCUL will be developing an integrated e-book "platform" on Scholars Portal which will provide, among other things:
- a single interface ("look and feel") for e-books from multiple publishers (including purchased and subscription e-books)
- print-on-demand e-books
e-book standards and technologies are still evolving. Stay tuned!
It depends on the e-book supplier. For example, all EBSCOhost e-books (fomerly netLibrary) limit access to one user at a time. Other vendors allow unlimited or multiple concurrent users. Please check eBooks@Mac for usage limitations (Notes column).
Yes, and no. Some of our e-books can be downloaded, but they will only be available for a limited time. Providing unlimited downloads would mean we were distributing free copies of copyrighted e-books, which is illegal. Most of our e-books are "tethered" to the Internet and their copyright is "protected" by the publishers, using some form of "digital rights management" (DRM). The e-books Mac Libraries provide our community can be read on multiple computers by authorized McMaster users (using either your MAC ID or an on-campus staff computer to logon). This model contrasts with, for example, Amazon, which sells individual copies of e-books to customers, which can be downloaded to a handheld electronic device or to a dedicated e-book reader.
Yes. Publishers aim to provide e-books on standard operating systems (i.e.. PC;Macintosh) and web browsers (i..e. Internet Explorer; Firefox). If we discover problems, we contact publishers and work with them to solve technical issues.
How do I get a 5 minute preview?
- click on the "Link to online resource" link
- log in with your MAC ID and you'll go to the Ebook Library page
- on the left, under "Loan Options", click the "CLICK HERE TO BROWSE" button, or the "EBL Read Online" button
How do I request a loan?
It is important that you use the link contained in the approval e-mail to access the book. Please note that these links are very long and often run across multiple lines in the e-mail. The link should begin with http://libaccess.lib.mcmaster.ca and end with ^u.
Unfortunately, no. For more information on what can be requested through Interlibrary Loan, visit this page.