Ebook Library (EBL)

EBL logoState Library of Western Australia (SLWA) members who are residents of WA can borrow ebooks from the Ebook Library (EBL), The collection has over 200,000 titles, which are primarily non-fiction and covering a wide range of subjects.

EBL titles can be accessed via the State Library’s online catalogue or on our website

Learn about EBL and all its functions here.


A collection of over 200,000 non-fiction ebooks you can read online, or download and read offline on a mobile device.

Subjects include travel, cooking, sport and much more
WHO CAN USE EBL EBOOK LIBRARY Registered members of the State Library who are WA residents can access EBL. You will need your SLWA mylibrary card and proof that you are a WA resident to log in even if you are in the Library.
HOW TO ACCESS EBL LIBRARYAccess via the SLWA online catalogue or on the SLWA website.
UNKNOWN ERROR If you receive an “unknown error” message when trying to login to EBL, this may mean that your SLWA membership has expired or you have not provided proof of Western Australian residency or you have an overdue loan from the library. Please contact Client Services staff on 08 9427 3111 for assistance.
DOWNLOAD ERROR MESSAGEWhen trying to download a title from EBL, you encounter this error message  Activation Server error – code E_ADEPT_REQUEST_EXPIRED, you should check that the clock and time on your computer is set correctly to Perth time UTC +08:00 Perth.
Delete the ACSM file you tried to open and try downloading the title again.
NUMBER OF LOANS 7 items per week
LOANS Choose either a 1 day or 7 day loan. Print and copy functionality will be enabled.

A personal Bookshelf will also be created.
UNAVAILABLE STATUS Publishers from time to time remove books from the EBL collection.  At the end of each month we receive notification of books that have been removed during the month. As we only update our EBL catalogue records at the beginning of each month there is sometimes a gap and you will see this message. 
READING ONLINE Read an EBL book online for 5 minutes after which you will be asked to 'Continue reading'.

Select Yes (create a loan) or No (return to catalogue).

Accessing ebooks online via the EBL Online Reader is recommended. Additional software is required to download for offline reading – see below.
DOWNLOADING FOR OFFLINE READING Click on the Download tab in the side menu.

Choose format (if applicable) and click the Download button.

Download option is not available when using the public PCs in the State Library.
SOFTWARE REQUIRED FOR DOWNLOADING & PRINTING Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) – for reading ebooks offline on your personal computer (available for free).

Bluefire Reader app – for reading ebooks offline on iOS and Android mobile devices (available for free).
BOOKSHELF Displays details of your current loans and recently accessed titles.

Create your own reading list using the My Collections button
NOTE TAKING Notes can be created in the Online Reader by selecting the 'notes' tab in the side menu.

Once created notes are saved indefinitely.

Access your notes by clicking on the Bookmarks button in the Bookshelf view.

Notes can be downloaded and exported.

You can copy and paste text from the ebook into your notes
NAVIGATING To view an ebook select the title and click on the Read Online button.

Use the left and right arrow keys << >> on the toolbar to move through the pages of the book.

Use the contents list to move to the selected section.

Click on the Search tab in the side menu to search for keywords in the ebook.
PRINTING Printing is restricted to 20% of each title’s content.

Click on the Details tab in the side menu to view print/copy balances for each title.

Click on the Print button on the toolbar. Click print current page or enter a print [page] range.
COPYING Copying is restricted to 5% of each title.

Click the copy button on the toolbar. Highlight the text you wish to copy. Use Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste.
REFERENCING & CITING EBL supports referencing in Endnote and Refworks.
HELP Ask a Librarian

Help is available in EBL from the Help/Feedback links.
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Page last updated: Thursday 4 August 2016

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