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OverDrive – E-books, Audiobooks, Video, and Magazines

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What is OverDrive?

OverDrive is a service the library subscribes to in order to provide 24/7 access to downloadable e-books, audiobooks, magazines and videos. Public library cardholders in Albany and Rensselaer counties are eligible to download from OverDrive. OverDrive titles can be enjoyed on computers, e-readers, mp3/WMA players, and mobile devices. While some downloadable titles appear in our standard library catalog, this information is not always up-to-date. For real-time holdings and availability, visit our Digital Collection page.

The Basics

  • Check out up to 10 digital titles (audiobooks, e-books and videos combined) at a time.  Magazines do not count against this total.
  • Choose your lending period of 7, 14, or 21 days for e-books and audiobooks.  Streaming video checks out for 3, 5, or 7 days. E-books can be returned early. Audiobooks and videos can only be returned early from certain devices. Titles are automatically returned on the due date, but if a file was downloaded, it remains on your computer/device until manually removed.  You may keep magazines as long as you like without returning them.
  • Titles labeled “Borrow” are available for immediate checkout. Some titles require you to sign in to find out if they are available to you. Otherwise, you may place a hold and receive email notification when your title is ready for download. Phone notification is not available. After notification, the download will be available for 2 days.  If a magazine is labeled “not available”, there are no more copies available for any patrons until the next issue is published.
  • If you would prefer not to download any software or files, some e-books and audiobooks are available for checkout to read in your browser. Just select “OverDrive Read” or “OverDrive Listen” as the format at checkout. OverDrive Read print-friendly instructionsOverDrive Listen print-friendly instructions.
  • See individual device pages for required software and device-specific instructions.


  • Mobile Devices – Getting started with Mobile Devices: includes Android, Blackberry, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire, and Nook Color/Tablet.  These devices can stream video.
  • E-Readers – Getting started with Kindle (for Kindle Fire see Mobile Devices) | Nook (for Nook Color/Tablet see Mobile Devices)| Sony Reader | other e-book readers.  These devices cannot stream video.
  • Desktop Computers – Getting started with Windows PC | Mac.  These devices can use e-books, audiobooks and video.  Only Windows 8 PCs can use magazines.
  • Other Devices – Getting started with audiobooks: includes iPods and MP3 players.
  • To see a list of supported devices, visit the OverDrive Device Resource Center.

Tutorials and Help

Find More E-books

  • 100 Legal Sites to Download E-books – Post with a categorized list of links to free e-book sites.
  • – contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books.
  • Baen Library – Hundreds of free Science Fiction and Fantasy e-books.
  • Barnes Noble Free e-books – Hundreds of free e-books that can be used on your Nook, NookColor, iPad iPhone, Android and PC.
  • BookRix – Over 95,000 new books written by the community’s 371,000 members are available on BookRix for free. Foreign language and audiobook titles are also available.
  • Free E-books – Internet’s #1 online source for free e-book downloads, e-book resources and e-book authors.
  • Free Kindle E-books – Navigate to “Special Features/Free E-Book Collections” to download free classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books, as well as limited-time free promotional e-books available only for the Kindle.
  • Get Free E-books – Free e-book and trade magazine site.
  • Google Books – Nearly 3 million free e-books and hundreds of thousands of title for purchase. For use on the web, Android devices, iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, and supported e-readers.
  • Kobo Books – over 1 million titles in multiple formats.
  • Many Books – More than 29,000 free e-books.
  • Mobipocket Free Books – Free titles for Mobipocket or Kindle apps and devices.
  • Munseys – Over 30,000 rare and hard-to find fiction titles, downloadable in a variety of formats.
  • Project Gutenberg – Download over 42,000 free e-books to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.
  • SmashWords – e-books from independent authors and publishers.
  • University of Pennsylvania E-book Collection – Lists over 900,000 free books on the web.