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eBook Collection Development

Acquiring eBooks Has Never Been Easier—or More Affordable

With no markups and no fees on any title, EBSCO eBooks is a cost-effective option for any library. Libraries also have several convenient options for building or growing their eBook collections with EBSCO eBooks. Choose from an ownership model, a subscription model, a short-term loan model, or any combination.


The most popular model for buying eBook and audiobook titles is an ownership model. EBSCO offers flexible ownership options based on the number of simultaneous users that you want to establish for each title purchased. No matter which option you choose, the titles you purchase are owned in perpetuity—patrons can always access the title.

Unlimited User (UU)
By purchasing eBooks with unlimited simultaneous user access, patrons will never experience turn-aways or holds for titles in high demand.

Three User (3U)
A great option for new and popular titles in high demand.

One User (1U)
Provide patrons access to titles, one user at a time.

Concurrent Access Model (CAM)
EBSCO’s concurrent access model enables libraries to buy one copy of an ebook and lend it simultaneously to multiple patrons on an unlimited concurrent access basis all for the price of one book.

Note: GOBI and OASIS customers also have the flexibility to buy ebooks and select from a single user (1U) or multi-user (3U or UU) ownership model.


For a percentage of the cost of a one user model, you can offer access to an eBook or audiobook title through a short-term loan. Short-term loan is a great option for libraries that need to fulfill a patron title request but do not wish to purchase the title outright. This rental option can also help libraries avoid turn-aways for titles with high check-out probability (such as a new release or an assigned reading title).

Short-term loan titles are available for one day, seven days, fourteen days or twenty-eight days.


Select from large collections of titles in high-interest subject areas, updated monthly.

eBook Subscriptions
These eBook packages are offered on an annual subscription basis with unlimited simultaneous user access at a fraction of the cost of purchase. Subscription packages include a large number of titles across a broad range of subject areas, with new titles added frequently (at no additional cost). New collections will be offered on an annual basis.

Audiobook Subscriptions
EBSCO, in partnership with leading audio publishers, offers an audiobook subscription program that allows libraries to subscribe to a growing collection of unabridged audiobooks for an annual fee with additional titles added at no additional cost. The annual subscription fee is based on library type and circulation or population served. Titles are delivered to users on an unlimited simultaneous access model. See sample collections.


EBSCO provides discounts to member libraries of consortia purchasing eBook or audiobook titles. Advantages of buying titles as a consortium member include:

  • Libraries can customize their collection with titles that best suit their users’ needs
  • Libraries can own their own copy of the title
  • Discounts apply based on the number of consortium that purchase
patron driven acquisition