Ebook Central is an ebook lending platform developed in collaboration with leading university and research libraries and with academic publishers. Offering content across all subject areas, Ebook Central features content from major publishers worldwide, including Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan, Cambridge University Press, Kluwer Academic, Springer and others. Ebook Central offers full-text search capability across the database.
While the USF STL (short term loan) limit is set at 25/day/user, the download limit is actually set across all Ebook Central customers under their Excessive Download Policy. This serves as a safeguard on the Ebook Central servers to identify systematic downloading and potential abuse. The system will flag a patron account if they have, in the past 30 days, downloaded: 1. Books from more than 15 categories AND more than 25 books in total, OR 2. More than 40 books, OR 3. Books from more than 20 categories. This restriction only applies to downloading. The patron is still able to read online. We are able to override a blocked patron account if the Library notifies Ebook Central that the patron is legitimate.
Note: A short term loan is charged for each day of a download. It is possible that someone could attempt to download four ebooks in a day with a loan period of one week and be blocked. 4x7= 28 loans.