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Your OverDrive digital library is a website that allows students 24/7 online access to a digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video. You select from a vast catalog of hundreds of thousands of titles. Students browse your collection and check out titles online, and read in the browser with OverDrive Read, read on a Kindle device or within Kindle apps (U.S. only), or download to a wide variety of devices.

OverDrive provides free real-time, custom reports permitting school personnel to track usage of the collection.

OverDrive provides free support services to ensure that your staff is well acquainted with your School Download Library. We provide staff training via web conferencing in a number of topic areas, collection development assistance and promotional/marketing support. Simply call your Account Specialist for more information.

About the collection

OverDrive offers more than 350,000 digital titles for children and young adults. This K-12 catalog covers virtually all subjects and includes popular and educational titles. Plus, we add titles daily.

OverDrive sends out a weekly email newsletter called ContentWire to update our library partners on new titles that are available in our catalog.

OverDrive allows your school to create its own custom digital collection. Your team will be able to browse OverDrive’s extensive catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video and select titles based on your school’s collection development goals.

Most OverDrive titles are circulated based on a one-copy/one-user lending model similar to the way physical books are loaned from your school library. If your custom digital collection contains one copy of a specific title, then only one student can check out that specific title at a time; if it contains more than one copy, then that number of students can check out that title (same as physical). We also offer a model called Simultaneous Use, which allows titles from some publishers to be offered for unlimited simultaneous use.

Only titles purchased from OverDrive are licensed to be included in your OverDrive collection.

You must subscribe to an OverDrive-powered service to provide OverDrive’s titles.

We provide a variety of MARC record and metadata options through our collection development portal, OverDrive Marketplace (formerly Content Reserve). Raw metadata records are available in spreadsheet format for free for many titles. For complete metadata pricing, please check the MARC tab in your OverDrive Marketplace (formerly Content Reserve) account.

An eBook is the digital version of a printed book (text on a screen) and an audiobook is the spoken word digital recording of a book.

Mechanics of lending eBooks

Your library will determine the number of titles a student can check out at a time.

At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically ‘expire’ and return to the collection. OverDrive’s eBooks and MP3 audiobooks can be returned early. WMA audiobooks remain assigned to a student’s account until the end of the lending period.

Titles cannot be renewed, but the student can check them out again if they are available.

The lending period is determined by your library and can be for a period of 7, 14, or 21 days. Your library can select one lending period for titles in your digital lending library.

If all copies of a title are checked out of your digital collection, other students may place a hold on this title. The number of titles that a student may place holds on is determined by your library.

To place a hold, your student can select the ‘+ Waitlist’ link and enter his or her library card. When the title becomes available for checkout, the student will receive an email with instructions. The item will be held for a number of days, determined by your library, after the student receives email notice that the title is available. If he or she does not check out the item during that period of time, the student will forfeit his or her turn and the next student in line will be notified, or it will be returned to the digital collection.

Reading the titles on Computers & Devices

To use OverDrive’s titles, your students will need to install two free software applications on their computers; the OverDrive Media Console (for audiobooks, music and video) and Adobe Digital Editions (for eBooks). For Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad, BlackBerry, and Windows Phones, just OverDrive Media Console (audiobooks and eBooks).

All eBook titles allow students to place bookmarks and make notes. Printing and copy/paste are permissions that are set by the publisher and varies by title. Many titles (especially study aids) do have the ability to print pages and copy/paste text.

Students can read eBooks on a variety of devices, including PC and Mac® computers, the Apple iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® touch, Android™, and many eBook readers such as Sony® Reader, Barnes & Noble NOOK™, Kobo eReader, and Amazon® Kindle® (US schools and libraries only). To view a full list of compatible devices, visit our Device Resource Center.

Yes. Nearly all OverDrive audiobooks can be transferred to an iPod/iPhone/iPad. eBooks in the EPUB format can be downloaded directly to iPhone and iPad (as well as Android phones and tablets, BlackBerry, and Windows Phones).

Yes. OverDrive has created apps to use eBooks and audiobooks on Android™, Blackberry®, iPhone®, iPad™ and Windows® Phone.

Yes. About 50 percent of our audiobook titles can be burned to a CD.


OverDrive can send authentication requests to your existing integrated library system database via SIP2, RPA, XML, EZProxy, or similar protocol (additional costs may apply). If none of these options are suitable, we can also authenticate your students with an OverDrive-developed tool called Library Card Manager.

Library Card Manager is an OverDrive-powered authentication system that allows your library to upload a list of library card or student ID numbers. Library Card Manager is included free with the digital library.