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eBook Authentication Options
June 04 2013 12:30 PM

We provide two levels of authenticated access for eBook customers. The first level is Account Authentication, which allows access to a customer's complete list of eBooks. The second level, eBook Authentication, allows approved users direct access to a specific eBook in a collection.

1. Account Authentication

eBook accounts can be set up using the following authentication options. Each customer account can be configured to allow multiple authentication options, providing access flexibility.

Username and Password

Each customer account can have one universal username and password that can be used to log in to eBooks. This username and password can be shared with students/patrons of your institution.

Referring URL

Referring URL authentication provides institutions with a simple way to identify users from a specific institution based on a URL and then automatically route them to their available authorized eBook content.

IP Authentication

IP-based authentication is designed to give users direct access to an institution's  eBook collection, bypassing username and password login. If an institution has a static IP address or range of IP addresses through which it connects to the Internet, IP authentication can provide easy and secure access to all authorized  eBook content and the full feature set of eBooks.


Any institution using EZproxy as its authentication system can utilize this same tool to authorize access to eBooks. After a simple setup process, users can view their authorized eBook content by using the same credentials that they use to log in to the EZproxy system.


With barcode authentication, patrons can log in via their library card number.

If your institution is interested in implementing any of these authentication options, please contact Technical Support to learn about specific setup requirements for each option.


2. eBook Authentication

Individual eBooks in a customer's collection can be accessed directly using the available built-in authentication options described below.

Direct URLs

Individual eBooks in a customer's account can be accessed using direct URLs. Each eBook includes a unique direct URL link that can be copied by approved users to quickly access a specific eBook. These links include embedded authentication information based on the customer account. The direct URLs can be shared with other users from the same account.

MARC Records

MARC records are available for all eBooks. These MARC records include a generic version of the direct URL for each eBook. When libraries choose to use MARC records for eBooks in their electronic card catalog, patrons will be able to click on the included direct URL to access a specific eBook. The authentication options will be verified behind the scenes and, if approved, the patron will be passed directly into the requested eBook.

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