OverDrive FAQ

Quick list of OverDrive features

  • Check out period: you can choose 7-, 14-, or 21-day checkouts.
  • Maximum number of items checked out at one time = 5.
  • Allows eBook downloads (requires software for most devices).
  • Allows transfer to a number of portable devices.
  • Able to place reserves on up to 5 titles that are checked out.
  • No renewals.
  • eBooks are automatically returned, but you can return them early.
  • Can place up to 7 titles in your cart before you decide which ones to checkout. Once you add a title to your cart, it will remain there for 30 minutes before it is automatically removed.

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How do I find OverDrive ebooks?

All OverDrive titles are listed in our catalog, so you can search for your favorite title, author or subject in the catalog. OverDrive also allows you to browse their collections. If you want to browse, go directly to OverDrive.

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What do I need to get started?

To get started, you'll need your library card and PIN, a computer with Internet access, and, for devices other than a Kindle, free software.

Software requirements for Kindles:

No additional software is required.

Software requirements for ebooks on computers and ereaders (other than Kindle):

Adobe Digital Editions is required. You will have to activate your copy of Adobe Reader before downloading your ebook.

Software requirements for ebooks on smartphones and iPads:

OverDrive Media Console is required. You can find it in your app store.

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How long does it take to download an Overdrive file?

Download times will vary with the length of the book and the speed of your Internet connection.

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How do I return the downloaded files?

You do not have to do anything to return your ebooks. When the loan period ends, the files become unplayable and are automatically considered returned. eBooks can be returned before the loan period expires if you would like to do so. To return an ebook early on a Kindle:

  • Login to your Amazon.com account
  • Click on "Manage Your Kindle."
  • Click on the "Action" menu for the book you wish to return.
  • Click on "Return this book."
To return an ebook early on an ereader other than a Kindle:
  • Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer
  • In the "Library View," click on the book you want to return
  • Click the triangular button next to the title to open the Item Options window
  • Click on "Return Borrowed Item"
To return an ebook early using the OverDrive Media Console App:
  • Open the app on your device.
  • Tap on the red circl next to the book you wish to return.
  • Tap on "Return and Delete."
Please note that you can return EPUB eBooks early (not PDF eBooks.)

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What happens to the ebooks after the checkout period ends?

After the checkout period expires, the file is automatically checked back in. You don't need to do anything. A copy of the ebook will remain on your computer and any device if you have transferred it. The copy will not open or play after the checkout period ends. You can delete the copy just like you would delete a file from your computer.

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Can I return my ebooks early?

You can delete the files from your computer at any time, but they will still be considered "checked out" to you for the entire check out period. You can return eBooks early, usingthe instructions above.

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Which devices can I use with OverDrive eBooks?

OverDrive offers several eBook formats: Kindle, EPUB and PDF. Mot devices are copmpatible with at least one of these formats. Here is a printable list of devices compatible with OverDrive that explains which eReaders work with OverDrive ebooks.

For the most up-to-date information, check the compatibility list on the OverDrive website.

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Can I download digital books at the library?

At this time, if you are using a Kindle or the OverDrive Media Console app, you can download from the library or anywhere else with Internet access. Devices using Adobe Digital Editions do require a dedicated computer so it's best to try that from home or work.

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