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Learn how to search for, download and read our eBooks on your device.
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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NOTE: eBooks cannot be downloaded to library computers but you can read ebooks in the READ format or check out a Kindle ebook using a library computer.


How Do I Login?

You only need your library card number to access OverDrive's ebooks directly from the OverDrive Catalog. You can now also access OverDrive items from the main library catalog at, which requires your library username (or library card number) and password.

What is my library card number?

It is the 14-digit number beneath the barcode on your library card. Be sure to include all of the numbers and no spaces.

NOTE: If you get a new library card, your new card number will not automatically be updated on your OverDrive account.

To update your card number with OverDrive, click on the Contact Support button on the right side of this page and fill out the support form, including both your old card number and new card number.


Frequently Asked Questions

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
  • A compatible device (e.g. computer, tablet, ereader, smartphone, etc)
  • Free software for your compatible device if you wish to download an eBook
  • To read an eBook in your browser, a compatible device or browser

Can I read eBooks on my computer or mobile device?

The easiest way to read an eBook on your computer or mobile device is to read the title in your browser. Visit OverDrive For Computer\Ereader for directions.

Using Adobe Digital Editions on your Mac or Windows computer, you can download eBooks to read on your computer or transfer them to your ereader. Visit OverDrive For Computer\Ereader for directions.

Using the browser on your computer, you can download eBooks and have them delivered to any Kindle other than the Kindle Fire. Visit OverDrive For Kindle for directions.

Using the OverDrive app, you can download eBooks directly to your Apple iPhone\iPad\iPod Touch, Android phone\tablet, Kindle Fire and many other mobile devices. Visit OverDrive For Mobile Device for directions.

See the full list of compatible devices at

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 READ format, check out a Kindle 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 to choose the lending period for each title: 7 or 14 days.

Can I return eBooks early?

Yes, but the titles are automatically checked in when the lending period expires so you don't need to manually return the materials.

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 three 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? 

If you place a hold on an eBook, you will be emailed when it is ready for pickup. You have 72 hours from the time the email is sent to checkout the title before your hold is cancelled.

Are there any late fees on eBooks?


For answers to more questions, visit OverDrive Help


Need Help?

You can AskUs:

Phone 918.549.7323
SMS text asktccl to 66746
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