PDF Files and Adobe Reader

PDF files

Most materials in the Library's Digital Collections, and some documents on the Library's Web site are Adobe PDF files. PDF (portable document format) is modeled after the PostScript language and is device and resolution independent.

Adobe Reader

Forms and publications in the PDF format can be viewed, navigated and printed from a workstation using Adobe Acrobat Reader software, which is freely available from Adobe Systems, Inc. Versions of Acrobat Reader run on Windows, Mac, Unix/Linux and mobile systems. You can download the various versions directly from Adobe, which should always have the latest versions of Acrobat Reader. (The Adobe ReaderExterrnal link icon download page has options for selecting different versions of the reader.)

If you have an alternative PDF reader, it should also be able to open these files.


If you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer but are having trouble opening PDFs, please see the following pages:

Last Updated: July 5, 2017