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Getting Started with eReaders

Getting Started with e-Readers

You can borrow eBooks from your library and transfer them to compatible eReaders using free Adobe® Digital Editions (ADE) software on your Windows® or Mac® computer.

STEP 1

Connect your eReader to your computer.

STEP 2

Install Adobe Digital Edtions (ADE) on your computer (get it from www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions.html).

STEP 3

On your computer, open your library's OverDrive website and borrow an eBook. Find the website using overdrive.com/libraries

STEP 4

From your Checkouts page, select a download format for your borrowed eBook. For the best experience, we recommend EPUB or Open EPUB. 

Downloaded eBooks open in Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). If prompted, authorize your computer with a free Adobe ID or Overdrive account (this is required to download protected eBooks.)

STEP 5

To transfer an eBook to your eReader, drag and drop it from your ADE library into your eReader, which should appear on the left under "Devices." 

Once you've transferred a library eBook, you can read it on your device just like any other book.

Getting Started with OverDrive on a Computer

Getting Started with OverDrive on a Computer

Use these steps to borrow and enjoy digital titles from your library on your Windows® or Mac® computer.

Note: If you're using a Chromebook™ or Windows 8 and up, you can use the Overdrive app to borrow and enjoy digital titles from your library. See our "Getting started with the Overdrive app" guide below for more help.

Step 1

Find your library's Overdrive website on overdrive.com/libraries

Step 2

Sign into your library's OverDrive website and borrow a title. You'll need a valid library card to complete this step.

Step 3

Borrowed titles will appear on your Checkouts page on your library's OverDrive website. From here, you can:

  • Read, watch, or listen to titles right in your browser
  • Download eBooks, then read them using free Adobe Digital Editions software or transfer them to supported eReaders
  • Download audiobooks, then listen to them using Overdrive's free desktop app for Windows or Mac or transfer them to supported MP3 players
  • Send Kindle Books (U.S only) to your Kindle device or Kindle reading app

Note: Digital formats and titles vary by library, and some enjoyment options may not be available for every title.

Getting Started with the Overdrive App

Getting Started with the Overdrive App

You can use the free Overdrive app to borrow and enjoy digital titles from your library.

Note: The OverDrive app is available for Android™, Chromebook™, iOS(R) (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), Kindle Fire® tablets, Kobo® tablets, NOOK® tablets, Windows® 8 and up, and Windows Phone®. OverDrive also has a desktop app for Windows and Mac®, which is covered in our "Getting started with OverDrive on a computer" guide.

Step 1

Install the OverDrive app from your device's app store or from app.overdrive.com

Step 2

If prompted, sign into the OveDrive app.

Note: To determine which app sign-in option is best for you, especially if you're under 13, visit help.overdrive.com.

Step 3

Find and save your library's OverDrive collection in the OverDrive app.

Step 4

Open your library's OverDrive collection, sign in, and borrow a title. You'll need a valid library card to complete this step.

Step 5

Borrowed titles will appear on your Checkouts page on your library's OverDrive website. From here, you can:

  • Add titles to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
  • Read, watch, or listen to titles right in your browser (without adding them to the app)
  • Send Kindle Books (U.S. only) to your Kindle device or Kindle reading app

Note: Digital formats and titles vary by library and some enjoyment options may not be available for every title or in every version of the app.

Getting Started with Kindle® eReaders

Getting Started with Kindle® eReaders

You can borrow Kindle Books from your library and deliver them wirelessly to your Kindle eReader. 

If you have a Kindle Fire, please use our "Getting started with the OverDrive app" guide.

Note: Kindle Books are currently available for U.S. libraries only. 

Step 1

Use a computer, tablet, or smartphone to open your library's OverDrive website. Find it using overdrive.com/libraries.

Step 2

On your library's Overdrive website, use the search filters to find and borrow an eBook that's available in the Kindle Book format.

Step 3

From your Checkouts page, select the Kindle Book format for your borrowed eBook. You'll be taken to Amazon's website to complete your checkout.

Step 4

On Amazon's website, follow the on-screen prompts to "Get library book" and wirelessly deliver it to your Kindle eReader. You'll need to sign into (or create) an Amazon account to complete this process.

NOTE: Your Kindle eReader must have a Wi-Fi Internet connection to download library Kindle Books from Amazon. If you don't have a Wi-Fi connection, you will need to transfer the Kindle Book to your Kindle eReader via USB.

Once you deliver a library Kindle Book to your Kindle eReader, it works like any other Kindle Book.

 
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