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Learn how to search for, download and read our eBooks on your device.
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Getting Started with OverDrive

Download your favorite eBook on to your computer or mobile device with OverDrive.  You can also read OverDrive eBooks in your browser with OverDrive Read.

To check books out on your computer: 

1. Go to

2. In the upper right hand corner, you will see "Sign In.” You can sign in now or when you select a book.

3. Choose “Sign in Using Library Card.”  Enter your library card number with no spaces or dashes.

4. Type the title or author of the book you are looking for in the search box, or browse the collection by clicking on “eBooks” in the upper left corner and choose a genre.

At this point, you can choose different filters to narrow down your search. 


For example, you can choose to see only books that you can borrow immediately.


Books that are available will have the word "Borrow” under the title. If the book is not currently available, it will say “Place a Hold."

5. When you find a book to borrow, click "Borrow." If you are already signed in, a red banner will flash, letting you know that have successfully borrowed the book. If you haven’t signed in, you will be prompted to do so.

6. Go to your “Checkouts” page by clicking on “My Account" in the upper right corner. Your book will be there.

7. If you have checked out an eBook you will have the option to “Choose a Format” or "Read Now."  If you select "Choose a Format," the book will be downloaded to your device and you can take it with you wherever you go.

Choosing "Read Now" opens OverDrive READ, a browser-based reader that allows you to read eBooks without additional downloads, as long as you have an Internet connection. To test whether your device can read an ebook in the browser, try reading this OverDrive Read sample now. 

Select ePub to download the book to your computer or mobile device, or "Kindle book” (if available), to read on a Kindle. Note: Once you choose your format, you will not be able to change it.

If you have chosen a Kindle book, you will see “Get Kindle book from Amazon.”

Click on this and you will be automatically taken to your Amazon account to complete the checkout and deliver the book to your Kindle. Instructions can be found at OverDrive for Kindle

ePUB format ebooks can be downloaded to compatible devices through OverDrive. Instructions can be found at OverDrive for Mobile Device. 

To view an ebook on your computer, go below for instructutions. 


Read OverDrive Ebooks on Your Computer or Ereader

This section has the directions on how to download an ebook to your Windows or Mac computer in order to read it or transfer it to your ereader via its cable. To see the full list of supported ereaders, visit

NOTE: Instructions for reading eBooks on your browser via OverDrive Read on a computer, iPad, newer NOOK (NOOK Color, NOOK Tablet, and NOOK HD) or Kindle Fire may be found above. To install the OverDrive App to download and read eBooks, visit the OverDrive for Mobile Device tab. 

Instructions for downloading eBooks to a Kindle version other than the Fire may be found on on the OverDrive For Kindle tab.

Downloading & Installing Adobe Digital Editions:

You will need Adobe Digital Editions in order to download and transfer e-books to your device via your computer. (For Windows 8 users, you can download Overdrive for Windows 8. More information about that can be found here). 

You can download Adobe Digital Editions here. Chose the current version of Adobe Digital Editions applicable to your type of system (i.e. Macintosh or Windows). Once you have downloaded Adobe Digital Editions, go to "Help" and select "Authorize Computer." (see screenshot)  If you wish to download e-books to other devices, you will need to create an Adobe ID. If needed, OverDrive Help has more information on authorizing your Adobe Digital Editions

Once you find the book you want to download, simply click on the book cover and select "Borrow." You will be prompted to provide your library card number and then taken to your bookshelf where you will click the "Download" button next to the book cover, select the EPUB format, and tap "Confirm and Download." After downloading, the e-book should instantly open in Adobe Digital Editions.

Transfer to Your Device:

To transfer the e-book to your device, connect the device to your computer with the USB cord. Once the device is recognized, it will appear on Adobe Digital Editions under "Devices." (see screenshot) 

Simply click on the e-book and drag it to the device. To confirm that the e-book has been transferred, click on the device icon in Adobe Digital Editions and the book cover should appear:  

For more information, go to

If you need more help, click on the green Ask a Question button on the right or AskUs.


What do I need to access Tulsa Library's eBooks from OverDrive?

  • A valid, resident library card (non-resident cards cannot download ebooks from OverDrive)
  • Internet access
  • compatible device (e.g. computer, tablet, ereader, smartphone, etc)
  • Free software for your compatible device if you wish to download an eBook

How Do I Login?

You only need your library card number to access OverDrive's ebooks directly from the OverDrive Catalog.

Can I download eBooks at the library?

eBooks cannot be downloaded using library computers, but you can use a library computer to read ebooks in the OverDrive READ format, check out a Kindle format eBook, or download them at the library on your own device using the library's wireless connection.

How many eBooks can I check out and how long can I keep them?

You can check out a maximum of 10 eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive at a time and you get each item for 2 weeks

Can I return eBooks early?

Yes, but you don't need to return eBooks. Titles are automatically checked in when the lending period expires.

Can I renew eBooks?

Yes, renewing a title puts you in line to borrow it again once your first checkout expires. The option to renew a title becomes available 3 days before the title is set to expire, appearing next to the title on your Bookshelf under your library Account. You can only use the renew feature once for each checkout.

How will I know that my hold on an eBook is ready? 

You will be emailed when your hold is ready. By default, you have 72 hours from the time the email is sent to checkout the title before your hold is cancelled. To have your hold checked out to you as soon as it is ready, turn on Automatic hold checkout under your OverDrive settings. 


For answers to more questions, visit OverDrive Help. 



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