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E-books and E-book Collections: ProQuest Ebook Central

ProQuest Ebook Central

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  • 150,000+ books from academic and university presses. 

  • Interdisciplinary

  • Includes many custom tools.


Books are available for a borrowing period of 7-21 days, depending on agreements with the publisher or copyright holder. 

Use free Adobe Digital Editions software (desktop computers and handheld devices).  For handheld devices, other DRM-enabled e-readers can also be used. Download to the Kindle is limited to standard image-PDF format, one chapter or page range (up to 60 pages) at a time. 

  • When you click to download a ProQuest Central title, you will be prompted to sign in with your myNortheastern username and password. 

  • Stable links to books and book chapters are available. Leganto Reading List software is the easiest way for instructors to manage library course readings in Canvas.

Borrowing limits

Some books are available online only and cannot be downloaded. This is always the case with titles that have a single copy.

Some books have 3-user limits. In this case, 2 users may download the book at a time, and the third copy will remain available for online use only.  It can be used by one person at a time, but it cannot be "borrowed" for multiple days at a time. This allows for maximum sharing and availability.


PDF Downloads

Usually a limited number of pages or a chapter may be downloaded as a PDF with no restrictions or digital rights management.  This limit resets every 24 hours, so you can download a chapter or similar number of pages per day for personal use, until you've accumulated the entire book. While cumbersome, this allows unlimited accumulation, in a way that is intended to prevent piracy. 


Proquest guide to e-books