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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

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

    Search

    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. Move your mouse over a title (or tap it on a mobile device), then select Borrow.
    2. Or, select more to view the title’s details page. From here, select Borrow to borrow the title.

    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 Bookshelf, under your Account.
    5. On your Bookshelf, you’ll find options for enjoying the titles you borrowed like Read (read an eBook in your browser using OverDrive Read ), Play (stream a video in your browser), and Download (available for eBooks, audiobooks, music, and some videos).
 

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

  • Select 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 OverDrive's 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 articles 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 articles 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 select Download next to the title.
    3. Select a format from the drop-down menu, then select 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.
 

+What is an Adobe ID, and do I need one?

  • An Adobe ID is a free user account that lets you download digitally protected (DRM) eBooks. To download the same eBooks on multiple devices, each device needs to be authorized with the same Adobe ID.

    You’ll be prompted to authorize your device with an Adobe ID when you try to download a protected eBook for the first time using OverDrive Media Console or Adobe Digital Editions. If you don't have an Adobe ID, you can create one on Adobe's website.

    You only need an Adobe ID if you want to download DRM-protected eBooks. You do not need an Adobe ID to read eBooks using OverDrive Read , or for audiobooks, music, or videos.

    Students under the age of 13 won’t be able to create their own Adobe IDs, but can have a parent or guardian create an Adobe ID on their behalf. Learn more about options for students under 13 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 for that title. You can join the title's holds list and be notified when it becomes available for you to borrow.

    1. Move your mouse over the title (or tap it on a mobile device), then select Place a Hold.
    2. Or, select more to view the title’s details page, then select Place a Hold.

    3. The first time you place a hold, you’ll be asked to enter your date of birth.

    4. If you’re over 13 years old:
      You’ll be prompted to enter and confirm your email address then click Place a Hold. If you want the title to be automatically borrowed for you as soon as it's available, make sure that "Automatically borrow this title when it becomes available" is selected.


      You’ll receive an email notification as soon as the title is available to borrow (or as soon as it’s automatically borrowed for you).

    5. If you’re under 13 years old:

      The title will be automatically placed on hold for you. When it becomes available for you to borrow, you'll see a notification next to the Account icon on this website.

 

+How do I borrow an available hold?

    1. Click or tap the Account icon.


    2. Select your Holds page.


    3. Select the Borrow button next to your available hold.


      If you’re over 13 years old, you can also have your holds borrowed automatically for you as soon as they become available.
 

+What is the “suspend hold” feature?

    • You’ll find the “suspend hold” feature in the Options menu next to each title you’ve placed on hold (on your Holds page under your Account).

    • Suspending a hold lets you choose a window of time where you'll continue making progress on the title's holds list, but the title won’t become available for you to borrow.

      For example, you might want to suspend your hold on a popular eBook if you’re getting near the top of its holds list, but you know you won’t be able to read it if it becomes available soon because you're in the middle of reading another book.

      For step-by-step instructions on how to suspend a hold, please see this help article.

 

+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 search for something in your school's digital library, you’ll see an option to view Additional Titles to Recommend in the search results filters.

      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. When you mouse over a title (or tap it on a mobile device) that your digital library doesn’t own yet, you’ll see a Recommend button.
      Recommend Button

    3. When you select Recommend, a popup window will appear. If this is your first time recommending a title, you’ll be asked to enter your date of birth.

    4. To complete your recommendation, click Recommend this title in the popup.

      Recommend Button

      Note: If you’re over 13 years old, you’ll also see an option to be placed on the holds list and receive an email if your school buys this title.

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

    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, mouse over the title (or tap it on a mobile device) and select the ribbon icon in the bottom-left corner.

    When a red ribbon appears on the cover, the title has been added to your wish list.

    Or, you can add a title to your wish list from the title’s details page by selecting Add to 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.

 

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