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Using your digital library

GETTING STARTED
    Getting started with the OverDrive app

    You can use the OverDrive app to borrow and enjoy digital titles from the library. The OverDrive app is available for Android, Chromebooks, iOS, Fire tablets, and Windows 8/10.

    1. Install the OverDrive app from your device's app store or from app.overdrive.com.
    2. Open the app and follow the prompts to sign in.
    3. In the app, find and open the library’s digital collection. It will automatically be saved to your app library list so you can easily get back to it later.
    4. Sign into the digital collection and borrow a title.
    5. Go to your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection) to see your borrowed titles. From there, you can:
      • Select Read now with Kindle to send a Kindle Book (U.S. only) to your Kindle device or Kindle reading app.
      • Kindle button image
      • Add or Download titles to the OverDrive app. This will add the title to the app Bookshelf for easy access, and make it available for offline use (except streaming videos, which always require an internet connection).
      • EPUB eBook button image
      • Select Read (In your browser) to read eBooks in your web browser.
      • OverDrive Read button image
      • Select Listen (In your browser) to listen to audiobooks in your web browser.
      • OverDrive Listen button image
    Getting started on a computer
      To borrow and enjoy digital titles from the library on your Windows or Mac computer:
    1. Install the OverDrive app from your device's app store or from app.overdrive.com.
    2. Sign into the digital collection and borrow a title.
    3. Go to your Checkouts page (under your Account) to see your borrowed titles. From there, you can:
      • Select Read now with Kindle to send a Kindle Book (U.S. only) to your Kindle device or Kindle reading app.
      • Kindle button image
      • Select Read, Listen, or Play to enjoy a title right in your browser.
      • OverDrive Read button image
      • Download an eBook in EPUB or PDF format, then use free Adobe Digital Editions software to transfer it to a supported eReader.
      • EPUB eBook button image
      • (Windows only) Download an audiobook, then use OverDrive’s free desktop app to transfer it to a supported MP3 player.
      • MP3 Audiobook button image
BORROWING TITLES
    How do I find something to borrow?

    You can browse books on the library’s homepage, or select a collection featured under Menu (Menu icon image ).

    Or, use the search bar (Search icon image ) to search by title, author, or keyword. For more search options, select Advanced Search.

    Advanced search image
    How to tell the format and availability of a title

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

    Format icons image

    Titles that are available to borrow have filled-in icons. If all copies of a title are checked out, the icon is grayed out.

    Available and unavailable icon images
    How do I borrow titles?
    1. Move your mouse over a title (or tap it on a mobile device), then select Borrow. Borrow book button image Or, select more to see the title’s details page. From here, select Borrow to borrow the title. Details page borrown button image
    2. If prompted, sign in to continue.
    3. You can find borrowed titles on your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection).
    4. Account button image
    5. On your Checkouts page , you’ll find options for the titles you borrowed, like:
      • Read now with Kindle (U.S. only; send an eBook to a Kindle device or Kindle reading app)
      • Kindle button image
      • Read (In your browser) (read an eBook in your web browser using OverDrive Read)
      • OverDrive Read button image
      • Listen (In your browser) (listen to an audiobook in your web browser using OverDrive Listen)
      • OverDrive Listen button image
      • Play (play a streaming video in your web browser)
      • Streaming Video button image
      • Download or Add to app (available for most titles)
      • EPUB eBook button image
    How do I change how long I can borrow titles?

    In the library’s digital collection, go to Account > Settings to change how long you can borrow each type of title. When you change a lending period, it will only apply to new titles that you borrow, not titles that you already have checked out.

READING TITLES
    How do I download borrowed eBooks?

    Note: If you download an eBook, the Read now with Kindle option for that eBook will disappear.

    To download an eBook, follow these steps.

    First, install free software

    You'll need to install free software before you can download eBooks.

    Then, download eBooks

    1. Open the library's digital collection using the OverDrive app or your computer's web browser.
    2. Go to your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection). If prompted, sign in.
    3. Select Download or Add to app to download eBooks to the OverDrive app or Adobe Digital Editions.
      • If you're using the OverDrive app, you'll find your downloaded eBook on the app Bookshelf.
      • If you're using Adobe Digital Editions, you may need to "authorize" (sign into) it with a free OverDrive account or Adobe ID the first time you download an eBook.
      • Some eBooks come in more than one download format (like EPUB, Open EPUB, or PDF). All EPUB formats work in the OverDrive app, and all EPUB and PDF formats work in Adobe Digital Editions. Once you choose a format, you can't change it.
    How do I read borrowed eBooks in my web browser?

    From your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection), select Read (In your browser) to begin reading eBooks in your web browser right away using OverDrive Read.

    OverDrive Read button image

    OverDrive Read is a browser-based eBook reader that works on most computers, tablets, and mobile devices with up-to-date web browsers.

    OverDrive read layout image

    OverDrive Read has many features, like the ability to add bookmarks, search for terms, add notes and highlights, look up words, and adjust the font.

    What are some features of OverDrive Read?

    In OverDrive Read, you can:

    • Click or tap the right or left edges of the eBook to turn the pages.
    • Click or tap and hold a word to define it, make a note, or highlight some text.
    • OverDrive Read extras image
    • On larger screens, click or tap the bookmark icon to save a bookmark.
    • On smaller screens, tap the top-right corner of the screen to save a bookmark.
    • OverDrive Read bookmark image
    • Click or tap the middle of the screen to bring up the seek bar, which you can use to move backward or forward in the eBook. You'll also see chapter breaks, bookmarks, and highlights here.
    • OverDrive Read seek bar image
    • On a larger screen, use the display buttons at the top of the screen to switch between a one-page and two-page display. On a tablet or phone in landscape orientation, tap the middle of the screen first, then use the display buttons.
    • OverDrive Read display button image
    • Select OverDrive Read menu button image to open the menu. In the menu, you’ll find:
      • Search: Look for a word or phrase in the text.
      • Chapters: Browse the eBook's table of contents and quickly jump to chapters or sections.
      • Bookmarks: View the bookmarks, notes, and highlights you've placed in the eBook. Click one to return to that part of the text.
      • Reading Settings: Adjust the eBook's text size, lighting, and font (available for most eBooks).
      • Offline Access: Download an eBook in your browser so you can read it later without an internet connection.
        Note:Some titles, like read-alongs, are too large to completely download in your browser.
      • Tips & Secrets: Find advanced tips and tricks for using OverDrive Read.

    In a read-along eBook, you'll also see:

    • Narration: Start playback or adjust the volume and playback speed.
KINDLE BOOKS
    How do I find and borrow Kindle Books?

    To find a Kindle Book in the library’s digital collection, you can:

    • Run a search or open a collection, then select Kindle Book under the “Format” filter.
    • Kindle Book format filter image
    • Use the advanced search and choose Kindle Book in the “All formats” drop-down menu.
    • Advanced search Kindle image

    To confirm Kindle compatibility, go to the title’s details page, then check the available formats.

    Details page available foramts image

    Note: Some Kindle Books from the library (including many picture books, read-alongs, and graphic novels) aren’t supported on certain Kindle devices or reading apps. If a Kindle Book has device restrictions, you’ll see a Device Restrictions link under “Available formats.”

    Once you find an available Kindle Book, select Borrow.

    How do I send borrowed eBooks to my Kindle device or Kindle reading app?

    Once you borrow an available Kindle Book, you can send it to Kindle using the steps below.

    1. Go to your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection).
    2. Select Read now with Kindle. Kindle button image You’ll be taken to Amazon’s website to finish getting the eBook.
      • If you’re already signed into your Amazon account, verify the “Deliver to:” device and select Get Library Book.
      • If you’re not signed into your Amazon account, select Get Library Book and sign in.

    Once you deliver a library Kindle Book to your Kindle device or Kindle reading app, it works like any other Kindle Book.

    How do I return Kindle Books?
    1. On Amazon’s website, go to your “Manage Your Content and Devices” page.
    2. Find the title under the “Content” tab and select Manage kindle icon image.
    3. Select Return this book, then select Yes to confirm.
LISTENING TO TITLES
    How do I download borrowed audiobooks?

    On any computer or device, you can install free software to download audiobooks.

    On a mobile device:

    1. Install the free OverDrive app from your device’s app store or overdrive.com and follow the prompts to sign in.
    2. In the app, open the library's digital collection.
    3. Go to your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection). If prompted, sign in.
    4. Select Add to app or Download next to the audiobook.
    5. MP3 Audiobook add to app button image
    6. After the audiobook downloads, you can find it on your Bookshelf in the OverDrive app.

    On a Windows or Mac computer:

    1. Install OverDrive’s desktop app from overdrive.com.
    2. Open the library's digital collection in your web browser.
    3. Go to your Checkouts page (under your Account). If prompted, sign.
    4. Select Download next to the audiobook.
    5. Download MP3 Audiobook button image
    6. After the audiobook downloads, you can find it in your media library in the desktop app. From there, you can burn it to CD or transfer it to an MP3 player or iPod.
    How do I listen to borrowed audiobooks in my browser?

    From your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection), select Listen (In your browser) to listen to borrowed audiobooks in your browser using OverDrive Listen.

    OverDrive Listen button image

    You can use OverDrive Listen on most devices, as long as you have an active internet connection.

    OverDrive Listen layout image

    OverDrive Listen offers features like the ability to skip forward or backward in the audiobook, adjust playback speed, set a sleep timer, and add bookmarks, notes, and highlights.

    What are some features of OverDrive Listen?

    In OverDrive Listen, you can:

    • Swipe right on the book jacket to rewind, or swipe left on the book jacket to jump ahead. The farther you swipe, the further you jump.
      Note:This feature is only available in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.
    • Click or tap on the book jacket to show the skip and play buttons and hide the timeline.
    • Use OverDrive Listen bookmark image to add bookmarks, highlights, and notes to an audiobook.
    • Click or tap OverDrive Listen play speed image to switch between common playback speeds. Drag down on the button to select a more precise speed.
    • Click or tap OverDrive Listen sleep timer image to set a 30-minute sleep timer (by default). Drag down on the button to select a different sleep timer and make it your default.
    • Click or tap OverDrive Listen bookmark image to add a bookmark.
    • Hold OverDrive Listen bookmark image while audio is playing to record a highlight. When you release OverDrive Listen bookmark image, the highlighter colors will appear. You can also make a note on a highlighted passage or a bookmark.
WATCHING TITLES
    How do I watch streaming videos?

    Videos are streaming only and can't be downloaded, so you'll need an internet connection to watch them.

    Note: Streaming videos can consume a lot of data, so we recommend streaming over a Wi-Fi connection.

    Once you borrow a streaming video, go to your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection) and select the Play button to watch the video right in your web browser.

    Streaming Video button image

    Or, if you’re using the OverDrive app, select the Add to app button to add the video to the app Bookshelf and play it from there (as long as you have an internet connection).

RETURNING TITLES
    Do I need to return titles when I’m done with them?

    No, your borrowed titles are automatically returned on their due date.

    If you’d like to return a title early to make room for more checkouts, you can do so from the app or software you used to download it, or from your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection).

    How do I return titles from my app or software?

    You can return titles using the app or software you used to download them:

    Amazon (for Kindle Books):

    1. On Amazon’s website, go to your “Manage Your Content and Devices” page.
    2. Find the title under the “Content” tab and select Manage kindle icon image.
    3. Select Return this book, then select Yes to confirm.

    OverDrive app:

    • OverDrive for Android, iOS, and Chromebook: On your app Bookshelf, tap and hold the title, then select Return to library.
    • OverDrive for Windows 8/10: On your app Bookshelf, right-click or swipe down on the title, select Return/Delete from the bottom ribbon, then select Delete and return.
    • OverDrive for Windows (desktop): Select the audiobook you want to return, click Delete, then click Return/Delete.

    Adobe Digital Editions (for eBooks transferred to eReaders):

    1. Connect your eReader to your computer.
    2. Open Adobe Digital Editions and select Library.
    3. Click your device under “Devices.”
    4. Right-click (Command-click on a Mac) on the eBook, then click Return Borrowed Item.
    How do I return titles from my Checkouts page?

    You can return any title right from the library’s digital collection. Just select the Return Title button below the title on your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection).

    Return title button image
RENEWING TITLES
    How do I renew titles?

    When you renew a digital title, it lets you borrow the title again right after your current checkout expires.

    You can renew a title starting three days before it expires, as long as there are no holds on it. If the title has holds, you can't renew it, but you can request it again.

    Follow these steps to renew a digital title:

    1. On the library Checkouts page, select the Renew link next to the title you'd like to renew.
      Note: This link appears three days before the title is supposed to expire.
    2. Renew title link image
    3. Enter and confirm your email address, then click Renew. A copy of the title will be placed on hold for you, so you can borrow it again right after your current checkout expires.
    4. You can tell that you’ve successfully renewed a title when you see a checkmark and the word Renewed next to that title on your Checkouts page.
    5. Renewed title link image
    6. As soon as your current checkout expires, you'll receive an email notification and have three days to borrow the title.

    Please note that if you downloaded the title to your computer or device, you’ll need to re-download it from your Checkouts page when you renew it. If you renewed a Kindle Book, you’ll need to return it from your Amazon account before resending the eBook from your Checkouts page to your Kindle.

    Why do I see “Request Again” for a title I borrowed?

    If a title that you've borrowed has holds, you won't be able to renew it. Instead, you can use the Request Again link to place a hold on it, so that you can borrow the title again as soon as it's available.

    Follow these steps to request a title again:

    1. On your Checkouts page, select the Request Again link next to the title you'd like to borrow again.
      Note: This link appears three days before the title is supposed to expire.
    2. Request again link image
    3. Enter and confirm your email address, then click Place a Hold.
    4. You can tell that you’ve successfully requested a title when you see a checkmark and the word Requested next to that title on your Checkouts page.
    5. Request title image
    6. Once the title becomes available, you'll receive an email notification and have three days to borrow it.
PLACING HOLDS
    How do I put an unavailable title on hold?

    If a title isn’t available, you’ll see a Place a Hold button instead of a Borrow button. Follow the steps below to place a hold and be notified when the title is available for you to borrow.

    1. Move your mouse over the title (or tap it on a mobile device), then select Place a Hold. Place a hold button image
      Or, select more to see the title’s details page, then select Place a Hold.
    2. Details page place a hold button image
    3. If prompted, sign in to continue.
    4. Enter and confirm your email address, then click Place a Hold.
    5. Once the title becomes available, you’ll receive an email notification and have three days to borrow it.

    You can see your holds on your Holds page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection).

    How do I borrow an available hold?
    1. In the library’s digital collection, click or tap Account.
    2. Account button image
    3. Select your Holds page.
    4. Account hold section image
    5. Select the Borrow button next to your available hold.
    What is the “suspend hold” feature?

    Suspending a hold lets you choose a window of time where you'll continue moving up a 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 soon because you're in the middle of reading another book.

    To suspend a hold:

    1. In the library’s digital collection, click or tap Account.
    2. Account button image
    3. Select your Holds page.
    4. Account hold section image
    5. Select Suspend hold in the “Options” menu next to the title.
    6. Suspend hold link image
    7. Choose the number of days you’d like to suspend your hold, then select Submit.
    How do I change my email address for hold notifications?

    Follow the steps below to change your email address for hold notifications.

    Note:You need to update your notification email address individually for current holds. Once you update any title's hold notification email, the new email address becomes the default for future holds.

    1. In the library’s digital collection, click or tap Account.
    2. Account button image
    3. Select your Holds page.
    4. Account hold section image
    5. SelectEdit email addressfrom the Options drop-down menu next to the title that needs a new email address for your hold notification.
    6. Edit email address link image
    7. Enter and confirm your new email address, then select Update.
    How do I remove a hold?

    If you no longer want a title you have on hold, you can remove the hold:

    1. In the library’s digital collection, click or tap Account.
    2. Account button image
    3. Select your Holds page.
    4. Account hold section image
    5. Select Remove hold in the “Options” menu next to the title.
    6. Remove hold link image
OTHER SITE FEATURES
    How do I recommend titles?

    You can browse through titles that the library doesn’t own yet, then recommend them for purchase.

    1. After you run a search, select Additional Titles to Recommend in the search filters.
    2. Additional Titles to Recommend link image
    3. Once you select the filter, the site will run your search again, adding titles the library doesn’t own yet into your results. Then, you can sort and filter your results to find exactly what you’re looking for.
    4. To figure out which titles you can recommend, look for the recommend icon.
    5. Recommend icon book image
    6. To recommend a title, mouse over it (or tap it, on a mobile device) and select the Recommend.
    7. Book hover recommend button image
    8. Enter your email address and click or tap Recommend this title.
    9. Recommend this title button image

    Once you’ve recommended a title, its button will change to Recommended.
    To see all the titles you’ve recommended, open the library’s digital collection and go to Account > Lists > Titles you recommended.

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

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

    To add a title to your wish list, mouse over the title (or tap it on a mobile device) and select the ribbon in the bottom-left corner.

    Wishlist ribbon button image

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

    Wish list book cover icon image

    You can find your complete wish list in the library’s digital collection under Account > Lists > Wish list.

    You can see how many titles from your wish list are available to borrow in the “My Account” box in your Account. Click or tap the number next to “Wish list items available” to view and borrow your available wish list items.

    Wish list items available image
    How do I rate titles?

    To rate a title, click or tap the stars on your Checkouts page (under your Account in the library’s digital collection) or on a title’s details page. To remove your rating, click or tap the X next to the stars.

    Star rating image

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

    How do I change my display and content settings?

    Under your Account > Settings in the library’s digital collection, you can set options for:

    • Lending periods: Set a default lending period for each format offered in the collection (this may include eBook, audiobook, and video).
    • Maturity level(s): Select the range of content you’d like to see while browsing (for example, Juvenile to General Adult).
    • Cover images: Select Yes to show mature adult covers, or No to replace them with basic covers.
    • High contrast: This makes the site high contrast to help visually impaired users.
    • Dyslexic font: This changes the font on this site to help users with dyslexia.

    Note: You can’t use both high contrast and dyslexic font at the same time.

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