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Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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FAQ: E-books

Please go to ebooks: overview & troubleshooting page for more information.

How do I download Ebrary e-books? 

You may download up to 10 entire documents at a time using Adobe Digital Editions, a free software program for Windows and Mac. The ebooks will be acessible for 14 days in your devices. Here are are the instructions from the Ebrary website:

To install and activate Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. Download Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Follow the instructions for installation and activation.

To download a entire document to your computer:

  1. Click on the Download button in the search results or QuickView. You may be prompted to sign in.
  2. Select the option to Download the entire document.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Choose whether to Open with Adobe Digital Editions or Save file to open later.
  5. Click OK.

You may open the document with Adobe Digital Editions and utilize features including organizing the library, using bookshelves, transferring documents to supported devices, navigating documents, searching text, creating bookmarks, printing, returning the document early, and more. Note: Any notes or highlights created in Adobe Digital Editions won't be synced with your online bookshelf.

To transfer document(s) to an eReader:

  1. Connect your supported device to your computer and launch Adobe Digital Editions. You may be prompted to create or enter your Adobe ID.
  2. Adobe Digital Editions automatically detects your device and may offer to authorize the device with your Adobe ID.
  3. The device now appears as a new bookshelf in the library. Drag and drop the downloaded document(s) you wish to transfer.

To transfer document(s) to an iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad):

  1. Download a compatible reading app (such as Bluefire Reader) from the App Store onto your iOS device.
  2. Connect your device to your computer, open iTunes, and sync your device.
  3. Click on the Apps tab and scroll down to File Sharing.
  4. Click on Add, navigate to your My Digital Editions folder, and select the PDF file(s) of the document(s) you'd like to transfer. Make sure you don't select the .acsm file(s).
  5. Re-sync your device.

You should now be able to read the document on your iOS device. You may need to authorize the device with your Adobe ID.

To return a document early:

  1. In Adobe Digital Editions, click on the arrow icon on the document you wish to return early.
  2. Select Returned Borrowed Item.
  3. Click OK.
  4. You may also wish to Delete Item from your library by clicking on the same arrow.

Documents that are downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions automatically expire at the end of the pre-designated period and are rendered unusable.


FAQ: Hardware

  • Can I view DVDs or videos in the library? 
    Current SUA students and employees may use the TV and DVD player in the group study rooms on the 3rd floor to view media material. External DVD drives are available for check out at the IT Helpdesk.
  • Do you have a microfilm reader? 
    There are two microfilm readers in the library. You will find one on the 1st floor printer room, and the other one is located on the 2nd floor. Please see a library staff at the Circulation Desk if you have any questions.

FAQ: Borrowing & Returning

  • Can you just tell me who has the book? 
    Library staff follow very strict privacy guidelines. We do not give out any information about our borrowers.
  • How many library items can I check out? 
    There is no limit to how many items you can check out. However, the overdue fine is 25 cents per day per item. Please consider that you must return everything on time to avoid large amount of fines.
  • What if I want an item that someone else has checked out? 
    A hold can be placed on a title that is checked out by another patron. To do this online, click the “Request” link on top of the specific title record in the library catalog. A hold request also may be made by contacting the library or in person at the Circulation Desk. Once the item is returned and ready for check out, you will receive an email notification. The item will be held at the Circulation Desk for 3 days, and after that, it will be shelved back on the stacks for others to use.
  • Where do I return books when the library is closed? 
    They can be returned from outside to a return box, located between the library front entrance and 24-hour room entrance.

How the books are organized

Call #



General Works









C, D

World History

E, F

American History




Environmental Sciences




Social Sciences






Political Science






History of Edu.


Theory of Edu.




Art & Architecture






Chinese & Japanese


Literature (General)


French & Spanish


English Lit.


American Lit.




Sciences & Math




Medicine & Health








Military Science


Naval Science


Library Science

See Library of Congress Classification for more information. 


FAQ: Searching

  • How are the library books organized?
    We follow the Library of Congress Classification system. Find the subject you are interested in and browse the book stacks. It is a great way to find perfect resources that you may miss when you only use the catalog to search.
  • How do I get lists of videos or audio materials?
    Advanced search will give you lists of any specific material types in the collection. Type in the wildcard “*” in the search box and under Material Type, choose “Sound Record” for music, “Spoken Records” for audio books, “Video/Visual” for videos. The film list by title and by production year is also available.
  • Where do I find novels and fiction books?
    They are shelved in our Circulating Collection on the 3rd floor, call number PN - PZ sections. We encourage you to go up there and browse the books. In addition, new acquisitions are briefly displayed at the entrance. More leisure readings are by the daily newspapers on the 2nd/main floor of the library.
  • Where do I find books in foreign languages?
    Because our focus is to support the foreign language classes, we actively purchase titles in Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. They are shelved in our Circulating Collection on the 3rd floor, call number PL (Chinese and Japanese) and PQ (French and Spanish). We are also purchasing more novels in those languages and placing them by the daily newspapers on the 2nd/main floor of the library.
  • How can I find print magazines or journals? Can I check them out?
    Print periodicals are located on the 1st floor of the Ikeda Library. They are shelved by call number, and you can get the exact location by doing a title search with "Periodicals" chosen as the location. Only SUA faculty members may check out the periodicals at the Circulation Desk. Copiers are available for all patrons to make copies.
  • How do I access the SUA MA theses and Undergraduate capstones?
    The SUA MA theses/projects approved by the Graduate School office are available on the 1st floor of the library. You may simply borrow them just as other circulating books. Undergraduate capstones are on reserve at the Circulation Desk. They are only accessible to SUA students who have the signed request form. They may be checked out for 4 hours.

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