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Get Started with Overdrive   Tags: audiobooks, download, ebooks, overdrive  

A Beginning User's Guide to our Overdrive download service.
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Here's how to get started: 

How to find a title to borrow:

From the homepage, there will be several ways for you to find a title to enjoy.

Select a cover image from any of the lists.

Click a link from the Menu.

Search for something you want.  

Hint**  Use the Advanced Search to find ebooks that you can read from your browser.  Choose Overdrive READ  from the Format drop-down menu.

You will be able to quickly tell which titles are available and which ones you can place on hold by the format icon in the top-right corner of a cover image. If a title isn't available, the icon will be greyed out. 

How borrowing works

Borrowing and reading titles will be much easier. It will only take a few seconds to find a title and start reading. Accessing any borrowed title from your Bookshelf will only require a few clicks or taps. 

eBooks: Click Borrow then Go to Bookshelf (you may be prompted to sign in) to read the title in your browser or download. 

Additional formats (your library may offer audiobooks, video, or music):

Select the title you want, click (or tap) Borrow, then download it from your Bookshelf

Note: To download additional formats, you'll need to installOverDrive Media Console or Adobe Digital Editions.


I can read eBooks from my browser now?

OverDrive Read is a new in-browser-eBook reader. It will work just like any eBook reading app, except you don't need to activate or install extra software. YAY!!

Interested in learning more? Check out the Overdrive Read Help site.

Other New Features:

  • From your Account page, you will be able to view your HoldsLists (Wish List, Rated titles, and Recommendations for you), and change your lending period(s) from the Settings page
  • You can click the ribbon for a title to add or remove it from your Wish List.

The Menu bar will be available from any page—just click the icon to expand or collapse it.

You will be able to drill down search results by subject, rating, language, and more.

Note: If you're using Internet Explorer 7, you may need to download the Google Chrome Frame Plug-in. It's free and only takes moments to install.


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