Last updated 4/1/2020 @ 10:30 am ET

NEW: Enjoy #HarryPotteratHome with unlimited access to ebook and audiobooks

As mentioned on March 13, due to COVID-19 we have been assembling no cost and low-cost digital book collections. Our goal is to supply catalogs of high-quality titles for readers of all ages.  This is the first of a series of alerts that will be issued.  We will update here and at OverDrive Marketplace as additional publishers confirm permissions and pricing for low or no cost collections.

This page with updated and new offers will be refreshed frequently so please check back. More information is also available from our social media sites and pages. Please follow OverDrive on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date.

To add any of these offers to your OverDrive collection, please visit Marketplace where we will also post all of the current content sales.

School partners can also visit this post for additional resources for your students.

Latest updates:

Enjoy #HarryPotteratHome with unlimited access to ebook and audiobooks

Previously announced:

HarperCollins adds 800 frontlist and 300 backlist titles to their CPC catalog. Hundreds of additional backlist titles will be added every week.

Updated marketing materials reflecting new Big Library Read start date are now available (See previous post regarding BLR update)

Content purchased prior to March 1, 2020 from the following publishers is now available to readers for unlimited concurrent circulation (simultaneous use) from now until April 30, 2020. Unless otherwise noted, includes the publishers’ full catalogs. Libraries must have purchased content prior to March 1, 2020 to benefit from the expanded usage.


Britannica Digital Learning

China Publishing Group

Guilford Publications

Huawen Tianxia


Jacana Media

Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House

Oxford University Press

People’s Medical Publishing House

Princeton University Press

Rowman & Littlefield

Sourcebooks (select titles only)

Springer Nature

Taylor & Francis

Tianjin Booky



ZG Audio

Big Library Read update: BLR will now start Monday, March 23. [Updated marketing materials now available]

Penguin Random House and Macmillan US have changed their digital content policies for public libraries and schools

Duke Classics available at no cost: Simultaneous use plan

This collection includes 4,171 ebook titles for many classics for all ages.  There is also a package of 12 audiobooks.  

Reduced Cost-Per-Circ pricing:

This initial collection is over 80,000 titles, collections are 25-30% off with over 13,000 titles under $1. We will be continuing to add to this collection as publishers are continuing to respond to our outreach and offer titles at reduced costs.

The following publishing partners currently have reduced their cost-per-circ for the majority or all of their catalogs:


Britannica Digital Learning

Capstone Publishers

Cavendish Square

Cherry Lake

Cricket Media

Dreamscape Media

Highlights for Children

Highbridge Audio

Ideal Audiobooks

Insatiable Press


L.A. Theatre Works

Lerner Publishing Group

Marvel Entertainment

Rosen Publishing


W.W. Norton

We are also reminding our partners of some proven best practices to maximize circs and trying to keep up with patron demand during this time:

  • Curate Simultaneous Use and Cost-Per-Circ content
  • Create a Lucky Day collection
  • Shop our Marketplace sales
  • Create an Always Available collection or room
  • No school? Encourage parents and kids to check out Read-Alongs
  • Raise your checkout and/or hold limit
  • Raise the default lending period if lower than 21 days
  • Suspend card blocks
  • Use social media to let your community know about Instant Digital Card
  • Don’t have IDC? Talk to your Account Manager to add it

As OverDrive continues to monitor updates regarding the Coronavirus, we are committed to serving your staff and communities with 24/7/365 access to ebooks and audiobooks. We are prepared with our team, technology, and services to avoid potential disruptions. Please always direct any specific questions or opportunities to serve your library by contacting your OverDrive Account Manager.