Vital Source Student Resources

When you go into your book for the first time, you will see this banner at the top of the book: “Want to download books to read offline? Just finish configuring your account.” Click on the banner and when the prompt for a bookshelf account appears, choose “no.” You will then be taken to a screen that will allow you to create your Bookshelf ID.
Ask Vital Source Help Desk to change it for you.
Please follow the steps below to reset your password:

  • Click on this link:
  • You will be taken to the password retrieval form.
  • Enter in the email address you used when you setup your Bookshelf account.
  • You will receive an email that has a link in it. Click on the link to log you into your profile page. (Note: This link is only valid for 24 hours and once it has been used it cannot be used again.)
  • Once you are logged into your profile page change your password and re-enter the new password in the confirmation field.
  • Once you’ve updated your password click the save button to save your new password.

For more details, visit VitalSource Support Website

You can update your Bookshelf account information by going to and signing in with your username and password. Go to My Account and choose My Account. You can update your email address, name, password, and security question.
You’ll see an expiration date the first time you access your content. That’s because that date is for drop/add. Once you pass drop/add and you are still enrolled in your class, your content will get an updated expiration. And if you decide that this course isn’t for you, you will no longer have access and you won’t have to pay for the book.
Go to the side navigation pane and click on All Titles. If you see a green cover with an exclamation mark double click to start the download.   If you don’t see your book you might have made multiple accounts. Check the account you used to sign into the bookshelf by going to Accounts > My account. If your account is correct, go to Accounts > Update Book List. Check All Titles again for your book. If none of these resolves your issue, contact support for assistance.
  • Go to to download the latest version of the bookshelf
  • If prompted, please save the file to your desktop. Double click to launch. If you chose to Run then you’ll automatically go to the setup menu
  • Please follow the on screen instructions to download your bookshelf

If you to and view our tutorials!

  • Go to and get the latest version of the bookshelf
  • Double click to open the .DMG file
  • Once you open the file, you’ll get a mounted disk image (looks like a white memory card reader). Double click to open
  • Drag the bookshelf icon to the applications folder as directed in the dialogue box
  • When you’ve installed the bookshelf, be sure to eject the mounted file from your finder
  • Make sure you meet the minimum specs of iOS 5.0 or later
  • Go to the App Store on your device and search for VitalSource
  • Tap on the “Free” button to begin the install. You may need to sign in with your Apple ID
  • Once the application has downloaded to your screen, please tap it. Sign in with your VitalSource email address and password
  • Make sure you are running 2.2 (Froyo) or higher. To locate your version of Android, tap on Settings and tap on About Tablet/Phone. Your version will be listed under Android Version.
  • Go to the Google Play market and download the application.
  • Once it has downloaded to your screen, please tap on it. Sign in with your email address and password
If you receive a machine authorization limit message, please go to and use the “deauthorization tool.”
Please go to and sign in with your username and password. Go to My Account and choose My Account. You can update your email address, name, password, and security question. If you have forgotten your password, please click on the Forgot your password link. A password reset email will be sent to account registered with VitalSource.
If you are receiving an error message when you try to download your book, please try the following:

If the above does not resolve your issue, please contact our help desk.