Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020     Views: 234

The SLU library has several suppliers of e-books, and usage might vary.

Normally it is only possible to read and download e-books if you are connected to the SLU network, either on campus, or via VPN. Read more about accessing electronic resources from home via VPN here.

All e-books can always be read online.

Some e-books are available in PDF format and can be downloaded without logging in, often both as a complete book and on chapter level.

Other e-books have what’s called DRM protection. DRM stands for ´Digital Rights Management´ and usually means that there are limits to how much you can print and for how long you can download the e-book.

Here's how it works the first time you want to borrow and download an e-book with DRM protection:

Make sure you are connected to SLU's network, either on campus or via VPN.

Search for the e-book in Primo, click on "Full text available".


If the e-book is on EBSCO eBooks, Dawsonera or Ebook Central, it has DRM protection. Normally you need to create an account on the site before you can start downloading.

Via computer: you download a link file (.ascm) that can be opened with the Adobe Digital Editions program. The program can be downloaded here: 

Via mobile / tablet: You download a link file (.ascm) that can be opened in an app. Most providers recommend the Adobe Digital Editions app, but there are others, such as Kortext.

To use the program or app, you must first authorize it with an Adobe ID. If you don't already have an ID, you can create one here:

If the link you downloaded does not open automatically, choose to open it with the program or app. The e-book is downloaded and placed in your bookshelf.  There is information on the e-book cover that tells you how long it can be used. When the loan period has expired, the e-book is still visible, but cannot be opened. You can go into Primo and download it again.


You only need to use Adobe ID to authorize the program or app the first time you want to download an e-book with DRM protection - once it's done, the authorization remains.