No, ADE is not really suited for use in an institutional environment - and especially so in one with roaming desktops.
thanks for your reply Jim
do you know of another product that will read epub files that may work in our enviroment
Do the books you are looking to use have DRM or not?
sorry for the delay
The library is OverDrive I do not think they use DRM.
hmm... While Overdrive does offer the occasional book without DRM, the vast majority of their business (public libraries) definitely uses DRM.
If there is no DRM involved, then either ADE 1.8 (which doesn't force activation until you try to use a DRM book) in public beta on labs.adobe.com, FBReader, or Stanza may work for you.
If the books have DRM, and you can't have the computer have all the books (authorize to an institutional account), then what you describe won't work.
Thank you for all your help
I will look at these apps and also double check with the overdrive rep.
If I find a work around i'll let you know.