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Borrowing titles
     

    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 school 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, text difficulty, format, and more.

      The advanced search also lets you search only for titles that are 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, periodical, 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 see the title’s details page. From here, select Borrow to borrow the title.

        Note: Magazines and newspapers work a little differently than other digital titles, and have a Send to NOOK app button instead of a Borrow button. Click here for more information about how magazines and newspapers work.

      3. If you aren't already signed in to your digital library, a sign-in page will appear. Sign in to continue.
      4. Borrowed titles appear on your Checkouts page, under your Account.
      5. On your Checkouts page, you’ll find options for enjoying the titles you borrowed, like:
     

    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. When you change a lending period, it will only apply to new titles that you borrow, not titles that you already have checked out.

     

    How can I see the titles I’ve previously borrowed?

    • Your History & notes page (located under your Account) lists all the titles you’ve borrowed since January 1, 2016. Your History & notes page also contains links to any notes and highlights that you’ve made in OverDrive Read eBooks (which you can see even after the eBooks expire).

    • Your History & notes page may contain additional information, like:
      • Links to the title’s details page and the author(s), so you can borrow the same title again or search for other titles by the same author
      • Reading level information for the title
      • Your star rating for the title (or the ability to rate it, if you haven’t yet)
      • The month and year you first borrowed the title
      • How many times you’ve borrowed the title
Reading titles
     

    How do I read borrowed eBooks in my browser?

    • From your Checkouts page select Read (when available) to begin reading borrowed eBooks immediately using OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.

      Note: When you select Read, most eBooks will open in OverDrive Read, but some specially formatted eBooks (like graphic novels and books that read right-to-left or top-to-bottom) will open in MediaDo Reader instead.

     

    How do I download borrowed eBooks?

    • On tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks, and Windows 8 or 10:

      If you’re using a tablet, smartphone, Chromebook, or Windows 8 or 10 computer that’s compatible with the free OverDrive app, we recommend installing the app and using it to find and save this website, browse and borrow titles, and download EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to your device.

      See our help articles about the OverDrive app for step-by-step instructions on how to use the app.

      Note: When you install the OverDrive app, you may be prompted to create a free OverDrive account. Learn more about OverDrive accounts here.

      On any computer or device:

      On any computer or device, you can use the following instructions to install software and download eBooks from your digital library.

      1. Use the links on our Software page to install the free software you need to download eBooks. This will be Adobe Digital Editions for Windows and Mac computers, and the OverDrive app for tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks, and Windows 8 or 10 computers and tablets.


        For more help with these programs, see our help articles about Adobe Digital Editions or the OverDrive app.

      2. Note: When you install the OverDrive app, you may be prompted to create a free OverDrive account. Learn more about OverDrive accounts here.

      3. Once the software you need is installed, return to your Checkouts page (under your Account) and select the Download (or Add to app) button next to the eBook.
      4. If the eBook is available in multiple formats, select a format from the drop-down menu, then select the Confirm link at the bottom of the drop-down menu (the exact wording of this link will change based on the format you choose).

        Note: Once selected, your download format cannot be changed. However, you'll still be able to select Read to read most eBooks in your browser.

      5. Once you’ve selected Download/Add to app button or the Confirm link:
        • 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 (like EPUB or PDF) will open automatically in Adobe Digital Editions or in the OverDrive app, as appropriate.
        • In some cases, you may be prompted to authorize your computer or mobile device with a free Adobe ID the first time you open a downloaded eBook. Learn more about Adobe IDs here.
     

    How do magazines and newspapers work?

    • To read magazines or newspapers from your digital library (which come in the NOOK periodical format), you’ll need the free NOOK reading app (available for Android, iOS, and Windows 8 or 10) or a NOOK tablet. You can find a link to download the NOOK reading app on our Software page.

      When you find a magazine or newspaper that you want to read, you’ll notice that it has a Send to NOOK app button instead of a Borrow button. Select Send to NOOK app and follow the prompts to send the periodical to your NOOK reading app or NOOK tablet.

      Click here for more detailed instructions on how to get NOOK periodicals from your digital library.

     

    What is OverDrive Read?

    • With OverDrive Read, you can read borrowed eBooks 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.
      Plus, any notes and highlights you make in an OverDrive Read eBook will be saved in the History & notes section of your Account, so you can see them even after the eBook expires.

      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 (download) an OverDrive Read eBook and read it offline.

      Note: Some eBooks (especially those with a lot of pictures) can be too large to completely cache in your browser. In those cases, you’ll only be able to save a portion of the book for offline reading. Narration for read-along eBooks always requires an internet connection.

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

     

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

     

    How do I see my notes and highlights after an eBook expires?

    • You can see notes and highlights for eBooks that you opened and read in OverDrive Read , even if you don’t have it checked out any more (you won’t be able to see notes from other formats, like EPUB or Kindle Book).

      To see notes and highlights you made in an OverDrive Read eBook, go to your History & notes page (under your Account). There, you’ll find a Notes & highlights link next to each OverDrive Read eBook you’ve borrowed.

      Click the Notes & highlights link to see any passages you highlighted, any notes you wrote, and the colors of the highlights.

      Note: You might only see a portion of the passage you highlighted, depending on the length of the passage.

      You can filter your notes and highlights to see a certain highlight color or only highlights with notes.

      To find a word or phrase within your notes and/or the passages you highlighted, type the word or phrase in the Filter box.

      To access your notes and highlights when you aren’t at this site, select the Export option near the top of the Notes & highlights page.

     

    A “Notes & highlights” page says I made notes in multiple versions of an eBook. What does that mean?

    • You may see a message on an eBook’s Notes & highlights page saying that, after the first time you made notes and highlights, the title was replaced with at least one new version or edition. This means that the publisher updated the eBook since the last time you borrowed it, and the updated version is the one currently available to borrow from your school’s collection.

      When opening an updated eBook in OverDrive Read, you won’t see any of the notes, highlights, or bookmarks you made in earlier versions. However, you can see your notes and highlights from all versions of an eBook on its Notes & highlights page (found on your History & notes page, under your Account).

     

    What is MediaDo Reader?

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

      MediaDo Reader is specially designed to handle graphic novels and content that reads right-to-left or top-to-bottom.

      MediaDo Reader also has its own set of features, like the ability to change how many pages are displayed at a time.

      Click here for more information about getting started with MediaDo Reader.

Listening to titles
     

    How do I listen to borrowed audiobooks in my browser?

    • From your Checkouts page select Listen (when available) to begin listening to borrowed audiobooks immediately in your browser using OverDrive Listen.

     

    How do I download borrowed audiobooks?

    • On tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks, and Windows 8 or 10:

      If you’re using a tablet, smartphone, Chromebook, or Windows 8 or 10 computer that’s compatible with the free OverDrive app, we recommend installing the app and using it to find and save this website, browse and borrow titles, and download EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to your device.

      See our help articles about the OverDrive app for step-by-step instructions on how to use the app.

      Note: When you install the OverDrive app, you may be prompted to create a free OverDrive account. Learn more about OverDrive accounts here.

      On any computer or device:

      On any computer or device, you can use the following instructions to install software and download audiobooks from your digital library.

      1. Use the links on our Software page to install the free OverDrive app on your computer or device.


        For more help with these programs, see our help articles about the OverDrive app.

      2. Note: When you install the OverDrive app, you may be prompted to create a free OverDrive account. Learn more about OverDrive accounts here.

      3. Once the OverDrive app is installed, return to your Checkouts page (under your Account) and select the Download (or Add to app) button next to the audiobook.
      4. Downloaded audiobooks will open automatically in the OverDrive app.
     

    What is OverDrive Listen?

    • With OverDrive Listen, you can listen to borrowed audiobooks right in your browser with a single click—no software or downloads required.

      This is because OverDrive Listen is a browser-based audiobook player that works on many computers, tablets, and mobile devices. All you need is a compatible web browser and an active internet connection.

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

      As long as you use the same device and browser, you can return to an OverDrive Listen audiobook at any time during your lending period, and your bookmarks, notes, highlights, and place will be saved.

Watching titles
     

    How do I watch streaming videos?

    • Once you borrow a streaming video, select the Play button on your Checkouts page to begin watching the video right in your web browser.

      Or, if you’re using a compatible version of the OverDrive app, select the Add to app button on your Checkouts page to add the video to the OverDrive app and play it from there.

      Click here for more information about streaming videos.

Returning titles
     

    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 (which includes adding it to the OverDrive app using the Add to app button), you can return it right from your digital library website. Just select the Return Title button below the title on your Checkouts page (located under your Account).

      If you have downloaded the title, its Return Title button will disappear from your Checkouts page, 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.

Renewing titles
     

    How do I renew titles?

    • Renewing digital titles works a little differently than renewing physical books from the library. When you renew a digital title, it doesn't extend your lending period; instead, it lets you borrow the title again immediately after your current checkout expires.

      The Renew option becomes available three days before a title is set to expire and appears next to the title on your Checkouts page (under your Account). If the title already has holds, you can't renew it, but you can request it again.

      Follow these steps to renew a digital title:

      1. On your Checkouts page, select the Renew link next to the title you'd like to renew.
        Note: This link does not appear until three days before the title is supposed to expire.
      2. If you’ve never renewed a title or placed a hold before, you’ll be asked to enter your date of birth.

      3. If you’re over 13 years old:
        You’ll be prompted to enter and confirm your email address, then click Renew. If you want the title to be automatically borrowed again for you as soon as your current checkout expires (instead of being held for you on your Holds page), make sure that "Automatically borrow this title at the time of renewal" is selected. If you’re under 13 years old:
        A copy of the title will be placed on hold for you, so you can borrow it again immediately once 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. You can also see which titles you've scheduled to renew on your Holds page.
      5. If you’re over 13 years old:
        As soon as your current checkout expires, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to access the title again. You'll either be instructed to find the title on your Checkouts page (if you had it automatically borrowed for you) or to borrow the title again from your Holds page.

        If you’re under 13 years old:
        As soon as your current checkout expires, you’ll see a notification next to the Account icon on this website, which means that the title is available for you to borrow again from your Holds page:
      6. Once the title becomes available for you to borrow again, you'll only have 3 days to borrow it before your renewal is cancelled, so please check this site frequently to make sure you don’t miss any notifications.

        Please note that renewing a title does not mean that it is automatically re-downloaded to your computer or device. If you would like to re-download your renewed title, you will have to go back to your Checkouts page and select Download (or Add to app) again.

     

    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 feature to join the title's holds list, so that you can borrow it again as soon as it's available.

      The Request Again option becomes available three days before the title is set to expire and appears next to the title on your Checkouts page (under your Account). If the title doesn't have any holds, you'll see a link to renew it instead.

      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 does not appear until three days before the title is supposed to expire.
      2. If you’ve never requested a title or placed a hold before, you’ll be asked to enter your date of birth.

      3. 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 again for you as soon as it’s available (instead of being held for you on your Holds page), make sure that "Automatically borrow this title when it becomes available" is selected. If you’re under 13 years old:
        A copy of the title will be placed on hold for you, so you can borrow it again as soon as it’s available.

      4. You can tell that you’ve successfully requested a title again when you see a checkmark and the word Requested next to that title on your Checkouts page. You can also see which titles you've requested on your Holds page.
      5. If you’re over 13 years old:
        As soon as the title is available, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to access it again. You'll either be instructed to find the title on your Checkouts page (if you had it automatically borrowed for you) or to borrow the title again from your Holds page.

        If you’re under 13 years old:
        When you see a notification next to the Account icon on this website, it means that the title is available for you to borrow again from your Holds page:
      6. Once the title becomes available, you'll only have 3 days to borrow it before your hold is cancelled, so please check this site frequently to make sure you don’t miss any notifications.

Placing holds
     

    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. Follow the steps below to join a title's holds list and be notified when it becomes available for you to borrow.

      Note: Magazines and newspapers can’t be placed on hold.

      1. Move your mouse over the title (or tap it on a mobile device), then select Place a Hold.
      2. Or, select more to see 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.
        Once a hold becomes available, you'll only have 3 days to borrow it before your hold is cancelled, so please check this site frequently to make sure you don’t miss any notifications.

     

    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 (under your Account > Holds).

      • 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.

Other site features
     

    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 school know which ones you’d like to be added to the collection.

      1. After you search for something in your school's digital library, click or tap the Add titles you can recommend button (you may have to scroll to the bottom of the page to see it). It looks like this:
        Didn't find what you're looking for?
        Once you select this button, the site will run your original search again, showing titles your school doesn’t own yet in your results. You can then continue to sort and filter your results to find exactly what you’re looking for.

      2. Note: Another way to add recommendable titles to your search results is by selecting Additional Titles to Recommend in the search filters (if available) or in the advanced search.

        Additional Titles to Recommend
      3. To figure out which titles you can recommend to your digital library, look for the recommend icon.
      4. To recommend a title, mouse over it (or tap it, on a mobile device) and select the Recommend button.
      5. When you select Recommend, you’ll be taken to a new page to complete your recommendation. If this is your first time recommending a title, you’ll be asked to enter your date of birth.
      6. To complete your recommendation, click Recommend this title

        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 Checkouts page (located under your Account), your History & notes page (also under your Account), 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 the look of this site, including turning on high contrast or dyslexic font?

    • Under your Account > Settings you can change the look of this site by choosing one of these settings:

      • Theme: This changes the overall look of your digital library, including the background colors. You can choose between the Fun, Standard, and Modern themes.
      • High contrast: This makes the site high contrast, and is designed to help visually impaired users.
      • Dyslexic font: This changes the words on this site to a font that’s designed to help dyslexic users.

      Please note that you can only turn on one of these settings (theme, high contrast, or dyslexic font) at a time.

OverDrive accounts and Adobe IDs
     

    What is an OverDrive account, and do I need one?

    • In most cases, when you install the OverDrive app, you’ll be asked to sign into the app with a free OverDrive account (create one here).

      An OverDrive account is required to use newer versions of the OverDrive app. OverDrive accounts come with lots of benefits, like the ability to download the same eBooks and audiobooks on multiple devices, sync your reading or listening progress between devices, and more.

      You can also use an OverDrive account to authorize Adobe Digital Editions (the free software that lets you download eBooks on your computer). If you do that, you’ll be able to download the same eBooks on your computer and in the OverDrive app.

      If you’re under the age of 13, you can’t sign up for your own OverDrive account. In those cases, you can select I am under 13 years old instead. This will allow you to download titles in the OverDrive app on one device, but you won’t get the other benefits of an OverDrive account (like the ability to download the same books and sync your progress and bookmarks on multiple devices). As an alternative, a parent or guardian can create an OverDrive account for you.

      Some older versions of OverDrive’s app don’t work with OverDrive accounts. In those cases, you’ll need to sign up for a free Adobe ID instead.

      Note: If you created an OverDrive account before September 2014, your OverDrive account may be tied to an Adobe ID. In these cases, if you want to read the same eBooks on multiple devices, you should sign into the OverDrive app with your OverDrive account when prompted, but use your Adobe ID to authorize computers or older versions of OverDrive’s app.

     

    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 in older versions of the OverDrive app or on a computer. To download the same eBooks on multiple computers or devices, each computer or device needs to be authorized with the same Adobe ID.

      If you need an Adobe ID, you’ll be prompted to enter one the first time you download a protected eBook using OverDrive’s app . If you don't have an Adobe ID, you can create one on Adobe's website.

      You can also use an Adobe ID to authorize Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your computer, though you can authorize ADE with an OverDrive account instead if you have one.

      You only need an Adobe ID if your device doesn’t work with an OverDrive account and if you want to download DRM-protected eBooks. You do not need an Adobe ID to read eBooks in your browser, or for audiobooks 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.

      Note: If you created an OverDrive account before September 2014, your OverDrive account may be tied to an Adobe ID. In these cases, if you want to read the same eBooks on multiple devices, you should sign into the OverDrive app with your OverDrive account when prompted, but use your Adobe ID to authorize computers or older versions of OverDrive’s app.

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