On June 26, 2021, Ebook Central will be offline and all Ebook Central holdings will be unavailable to users for approximately eight (8) hours for a scheduled maintenance. This extended maintenance time is due to significant changes being made to position the Ebook Central platform for continued growth and improved scalability.
Who is affected by this scheduled maintenance?
All Ebook Central customers globally will be affected.
When is the scheduled maintenance? How long will it last?
Ebook Central will be offline 2:00pm UTC to 10:00pm UTC on Saturday, June 26, 2021. If the maintenance ends early, access will be restored sooner. You can stay up to date with progress by visiting our support page here: https://status.proquest.com.
Why is this scheduled maintenance happening?
To meet the global demands of our customers, Ebook Central is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is the world's most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. This is a positive move and will help us continue to provide the best user and customer experience possible.
Why is this scheduled maintenance so long?
The infrastructure maintenance planned for this window includes significant changes to position the Ebook Central platform for continued growth and improved scalability.
Where can I go for updates during this scheduled maintenance?
What can I do to inform my users?
We’re alerting Ebook Central users through our social media channels and through messages on the Ebook Central platform home page to ensure your users are prepared.
You may want to post your own message. Here’s suggested language:
“On Saturday, June 26, 2021 2:00pm UTC to 10:00pm UTC, Ebook Central will be offline and ebooks will be unavailable. You may want to suggest for readers to download books or chapters in advance subject to availability for your institution. Download instructions are available here:
Full book download: https://support.proquest.com/articledetail?id=kA23r000000FVybCAG
Chapter download: https://support.proquest.com/articledetail?id=kA23r000000FWAqCA"
What is the user experience when EBC is offline temporarily?
When a user clicks to access Ebook Central, they will see a maintenance page rather than the normal product page. Here is a screenshot of what they will see:
Will I be able to access my Ebook Central holdings via LibCentral, Oasis, Rialto, Gobi, Alma?
Ebook Central holdings will be available for customers who use OASIS, Rialto, Gobi and Alma. However, Ebook Central holdings will be unavailable through LibCentral.
Will I be able to purchase Ebook Central titles during this scheduled maintenance?
New Ebook Central purchases – DDA, upgrades, firm orders, etc. – made through OASIS and Rialto will be accepted and processed when the maintenance is over. However, ordering Ebook Central titles through LibCentral – including DDA auto-purchases – will be unavailable during this time.
What do I do if a user needs a book?
If you anticipate needing an ebook during this time, download the ebook chapter or full book (if download is available) prior to the maintenance window for use offline. Download instructions are available here:
Ebook Central: Print or download a chapter or page range - how-to, limits
Ebook Central: Full-Download – how to download a book for offline reading on a computer
This time doesn't work for me, is there anything I can do?
We apologize for this inconvenience. The scheduled maintenance was set at a time when global Ebook Central usage is at its lowest. However, we understand this date may not work for all customers. If you have specific concerns about the time and date selected, contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to June 26, 2021.
Will anything change or look different after the maintenance is completed?
Ebook Central’s user experience will remain the same after maintenance is completed.
Will this affect my holdings?
No changes are being made to your Ebook Central holdings. Your experience will be the same.
Will I need to update links or tags in my MARC Records?
No, your links and tags will not change.
If I use an FTP server to retrieve my MARC records, DDA titles etc., should I expect anything to change?
If you are using one of the FTP sites listed below as part of your workflow, they will also be offline during the maintenance window. However, all your files will remain unchanged. Older files may not appear until a few hours after the maintenance has completed.
Do I need to add new IP addresses to my firewall?
Yes, the IP address to which these host names resolve will change. The new IP address range will be 18.104.22.168/25. Add this range to your firewall.
Will I need to make any changes to my EZproxy configuration?