Answered By: Elizabeth Gillespie
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2018     Views: 37

Some eBooks purchased by the library are subject to a limit on the number of readers that can access the book at the same time.

This is due to how the eBooks are sold and licenced, and is similar to to having a specific number of copies of the printed book on the shelves. Different books on the same eBook platform can be subject to different simultaneous reader limits.

When you view an eBook, the eBook platform will display information about the number of copies available.

If no copies are available when you select the eBook, try again in 15 to 20 minutes, as one may have become available.  If the current reader stops using the eBook for a length of time, it will automatically be made available to other readers.  Some eBook platforms offer a ‘queue’ or alerting service to allow you to be notified when the eBook does become available.

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