Q. How do I access the McLean Library's eBooks?

I'm a PHS member, and I know I have access to thousands of terrific eBooks on gardening, but I've never done this before. How do I do this?


 Go to McLean Library page on website:

  • At PHSonline home menu, go to For Gardeners =>PHS McLean Library=> takes you to library page. (you may want to bookmark this page)  Or, simply Google phs mclean library.

On McLean Library page, you can either 

Either way, once you are on the ProQuest Ebook Central sign-in page, you will be prompted to sign in. Do this by entering your membership number printed on your membership card. Can't find your card? See contact information at the end of this answer.

That is all you need to access the eBook database. Once there, use search terms to bring up results. 

You can read and search the books online, which is what most users do with this system, because most users do not read gardening books cover to cover. You can also download chapters to read or, if you wish,  download the entire book and borrow for designated period ranging from 7-21 days. 

Here is a 3 minute YouTube tutorial from our vendor on accessing eBooks

eBook help here  (this is available once you sign in with your membership number). 

I'm happy to set up an appointment with you to walk you through this process over the phone. 

Janet Evans

PHS McLean Library

Can't find your card? Not sure if you are a PHS member?

Contact me mcleanlibrary@pennhort.org  or phone 215-988-8782 - be sure to leave message with email address and phone number.

Or contact the helpful PHS Information Services staff phs-info@pennhort.org and you will be given your your membership number.



  • Last Updated Jan 14, 2021
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  • Answered By Janet Evans

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