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Horticulture Library Consortium E-books: First Time Users

Members of the Chicago Botanic Garden may borrow books online. Here's how to do it.

How to Sign In

To sign in to the e-book system, type CBG followed by your membership number. Then click "Sign In."

For example: If your membership number is 123456, then type CBG123456 and click "Sign In."

Sign in to Ebook Central

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Simple Search

To perform a simple search, type keywords in the search box. Look for the Search box at the top of the page, or the Search link in the global navigation.

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By default, results are sorted with the most relevant at the top. Therefore, the title searched for is shown first.

The keyword is highlighted in the search results, and there’s a short description to give you a bit more information about the book, including whether it is currently “Available,” “Available on request,” or “In use.”

Chapter Results provide the top chapters from the most relevant books.


You can refine your searching by using search filters such as Year Published, Subject, Language, and Author.

Click on the desired title for more information.


This title can be read online or downloaded and checked out for 7 days (downloads require free third-party software). Chapters are available to download without any loan period or expiration.

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Book Details

At a glance you can see:

  • How many copies are available at your institution
  • If the title is currently available
  • If the title is available for full title download
  • PDF chapter downloads
  • Copy and print allowances
  • View chapter page range and page count details
  • Pages remaining for PDF chapter printing/download
  • The Table of Contents and expandable book description
  • Full set of bibliographic data, including series and edition, expandable to include full bibliographic details

If you choose to work with a book, you may do the following:

  • Read online
  • Download the full book
  • Add to bookshelf
  • Share link to book
  • Cite the book

For select books, your institution may offer five (5) minutes of reading before you need to request longer use at no charge to you. Simply click the Request button, fill out the quick form, and submit to your librarian for approval.

From the Table of Contents you may do the following:

  • Read online or download book chapters and subsections in PDF
  • Expand parts and chapters to access subsections

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This guide provided by CBHL