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+How can I find something to borrow?

  • There are several ways to find titles in your digital library. You can simply browse to see what your library has to offer, or you can search for something specific.


    Browse titles on the homepage, or select a category from the Subjects, Collections, or Levels menus.


    Search quickly using the search bar. This is good for searching by title, author, or keyword.

    Select the advanced search link for more search options. This is good for searching by subject, reading level, format, and more.

    The advanced search also lets you search only titles that have copies currently available.


+What do the icons on the covers mean?

  • The icon in the corner of each title tells you whether it's an eBook, audiobook, music title, or video.

    This icon also tells you whether the title is available for you to borrow, or if all copies are currently checked out. Available titles have filled-in icons, and unavailable titles have grayed-out icons.


+How do I borrow titles?

    1. Click a title to view its details page.
    2. Select Borrow.
    3. If you aren't already signed in to your digital library, a sign-in page will appear. Sign in to continue.
    4. Borrowed books appear on your library Bookshelf, under your Account.
    5. From your library Bookshelf, there are two options for enjoying titles. You can read OverDrive Read eBooks in your browser, or you can download additional eBook, audiobook, music, and video formats using free software.

+How do I read borrowed eBooks in my browser with OverDrive Read?

  • Click Read (when available) to begin reading borrowed eBooks immediately using OverDrive Read.


+What is OverDrive Read?

  • With OverDrive Read, you can borrow eBooks and read them right in your browser with a single click—no software or downloads required.

    This is because OverDrive Read is a browser-based eBook reader that works on most computers, tablets, and mobile devices running web browsers with HTML5 support.

    OverDrive Read has many of the same features as popular eBook readers, like the ability to add bookmarks, search for terms, add notes and highlights, look up words, and change the font.

    As long as you have an active Internet connection, you can return to an OverDrive Read eBook at any time during your lending period and your place will be saved.

    You can also cache an OverDrive Read eBook and read offline.

    To enjoy all the benefits of OverDrive Read, we recommend using one of these compatible browsers or devices.

    Note: If you are using an older browser that does not support OverDrive Read, you can use OverDrive Read Basic instead, a reduced-feature version of OverDrive Read.


+How do I use the dictionary, notes, and highlights in OverDrive Read?


+How do I download borrowed titles?

  • If you’re using a mobile device or tablet that’s compatible with our free app, OverDrive Media Console, we recommend using the app to bookmark your digital library website, borrow titles, and download EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to your device. See our help resources about OverDrive Media Console for more information on how to use the app.

    You can also use the following instructions to install software and download titles from your digital library.

    1. Select the Help icon, then select the Software link to install software needed to download titles to your computer, tablet, or mobile device.

      See our help resources about Adobe Digital Editions (for computers) or OverDrive Media Console (for computers, tablets, and mobile devices) for more information.

    2. Once the software is installed, return to your Bookshelf (under your Account) and click Download next to the title.
    3. Select a format from the drop-down menu, then click Confirm & Download. The title's Return Title button disappears once you select a download format.

      Note: Once selected, your download format cannot be changed. However, you will still be able to read the title in OverDrive Read format, if offered.

      • Kindle Books (U.S. only) require you to complete checkout through Amazon's website. Follow the on-screen prompts to check out and send the title to your Kindle device or Kindle reading app.
      • Other download formats will open automatically in Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) or OverDrive Media Console (OMC), as appropriate.
      • The first time you open a downloaded eBook, you will be prompted to authorize your computer or mobile device with an Adobe ID. Create an Adobe ID here.

+How do I return titles when I'm done with them?

  • Your borrowed titles will automatically expire when they're due, which means you'll never be charged a late fee. You can also return titles yourself if you finish reading them early and want to make room for more checkouts.

    If you haven't downloaded a title yet, you can return it right from your digital library website. Just select the Return Title button next to the title on your Bookshelf.

    If you have downloaded the title, its Return Title button will disappear from your Bookshelf, but you may be able to return the title using the free software you used to download it. See our help article about returns for more details.


+How do I put an unavailable title on hold?

  • If a title is unavailable, you will see a Place a Hold button instead of a Borrow button on the title's details page. You can join the title's holds list and receive an email notification when it becomes available for you to check out.

    1. From the title's details page, click Place a Hold.
    2. First-time users will be prompted to enter their date of birth.

      Note: In compliance with U.S. COPPA laws, first-time users under the age of 13 will be prompted to enter a parent's email address so that parents can be notified about the collection of their child's email address. After entering a parent's email address, users will be allowed to place a hold.

    3. Enter and confirm your email address on the page that opens, then click Place a Hold.

+How do I recommend titles for my digital library?

  • Using this website, you can browse through titles that aren’t in your digital library yet. You can then make recommendations to let your digital library know what you’d like to be added to the collection.

    1. After you perform any search, you’ll see an option to view Additional Titles to Recommend in the filters to the left of your search results.

      Additional Titles to Recommend
      If you select Additional Titles to Recommend, titles that you can recommend to your digital library will be added to your search results. You can then continue to sort and filter your results to find exactly what you’re looking for.

    2. Once you find a title you’d like to recommend to your digital library, click the Recommend button. Recommend Button
    3. A popup window will appear. To complete your recommendation, click Recommend this title in the popup.

    Once you’ve recommended a title, its button will change to Recommended. You can only recommend each title once.

    Recommended Button

    You can see all of the titles you’ve recommended to your digital library under your Account > Lists > Titles you recommended.


+How do I make a list of titles I want to borrow later?

  • You can make a list of titles you want to borrow later using your wish list.

    To add a title to your wish list, click the title's bookmark on the search results or title details page. The bookmark will turn red and the title will be added to your wish list.

    You can find your complete wish list under your Account > Lists > Wish list.

    You can see how many titles from your wish list are currently available by looking at the “My Account” box that appears on any page under your Account. Click or tap the number next to “Wish list items available” to view and borrow your available wish list item(s).

    My Account box

+How do I rate titles?

  • You can share your opinion with others by rating titles that you liked or didn’t like.

    To rate a title, click or tap the stars that appear on your Bookshelf or on a title's details page. To remove your rating, click or tap the X next to the stars.

    Rate titles

    You can find your rated titles under your Account > Lists > Rated titles.


+How do I change how long I can borrow titles?

  • Go to your Account > Settings to change your default lending period for different kinds of titles. You can adjust these lending periods at any time.


+How do I change the look of my digital library?

  • Go to your Account > Settings to customize the look (theme) of your digital library website. You can choose between the Fun, Standard, and Modern themes.

    You will see this theme every time you log in to the site, and you can change your theme at any time.


+I need more help!

  • For more help with software and downloads, check out our OverDrive Help articles about OverDrive Media Console or Adobe Digital Editions.

    If you can't find what you need, please click the Support link under the Help icon to contact your digital library for more help.

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