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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 25 checkouts at one time

Holds:

Up to 20 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 offered by the San Antonio Public Library which includes eBooks, magazines, and audio books for download; as well as movies for streaming. 

The Libby app can be used to search or browse, borrow, and read materials. OverDrive digital library materials can also be borrowed and read using a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and others) by going to the San Antonio Public Library OverDrive website and signing in with your library card. Additionally, library users can now search for and borrow OverDrive digital library materials using the library catalog, and items borrowed from OverDrive now appear in your online library account information.

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

Meet the Apps: OverDrive & Libby

The Libby app is an application which can be used to browse, borrow, and access the San Antonio Public Library collection of OverDrive ebooks, audio books, and magazines in a format that is designed especially for mobile devices.

 

OverDrive also offers a full-featured, robust, in-web browser borrowing and reading/listening experience with OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen formats which can be accessed and borrowed from the San Antonio Public Library's OverDrive website.

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 Libby app for your mobile device
  • 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 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 Libby app for Mac, Windows, or your mobile device
  • 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.)