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OverDrive

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Checkout Limits

21 days is the default checkout length

This can be changed in the settings field of the My Account area.

Checkouts:

Up to 15 checkouts at one time

Holds:

Up to 15 holds at one time

Troubleshooting OverDrive

For troubleshooting and other help please see:

What is OverDrive?

Borrow eBooks & more from OverDrive

OverDrive is a service the library offers that includes eBooks, audio books, videos, and music for download. 

The Overdrive Media Console is required to view materials, it is available for both computers and mobile devices. 

To get started using OverDrive check out the information listed on the Getting Started page (see link below).

How to use eBooks via OverDrive

There are two different ways to read eBooks using the OverDrive service:

  • Read using a browser
  • Downloaded to a computer or mobile device

To use the downloadable eBook service:

  • Install the OverDrive Media console for Mac or Windows or visit your mobile device app store to find the OverDrive app
  • Authorize your device by creating an OverDrive account
  • Find a title using the OverDrive catalog
  • Check out
  • Download

For detailed instructions on how to check out an eBook from OverDrive check out SAPL's OverDrive Guide (see Helpful Links box).

For additional information on how to read ebooks using OverDrive, please check out OverDrive's Getting Help with eBooks Page

 

How to use eAudiobooks via OverDrive

To use the eAudiobook service:

  • Install the OverDrive Media console for Mac or Windows or visit your mobile device app store to find the OverDrive app
  • Find a title using the OverDrive catalog
  • Checkout item
  • Download

For detailed instructions on how to check out an eBook from OverDrive check out SAPL's Audio Book page (see Helpful Links box).

For additional information on how to read eAudiobooks using OverDrive, please check out OverDrive's Getting Help with eAudio books Page. (Please Note: There are two different versions of eAudiobooks available: MP3 and OverDrive Listen. Details can be found on OverDrive's eAudio books page.) 

How to use Videos via OverDrive

To view the video on your browser, simply find the title in the OverDrive catalog and click on Play.

To view the video in the app, install the OverDrive Media console for Mac or Windows or visit your mobile device app store to find the OverDrive app.

For more information about the streaming video service check out OverDrive's Getting Started with Streaming Videos page.