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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 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.
  • 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 of a file was downloaded, it remains on your computer/device until manually removed.
  • 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 you would prefer not to download any software or files, some e-books are available for checkout to read in your browser. Just select “OverDrive Read” as the format at checkout. For more information about how to use OverDrive Read, check out our print-friendly instructions.
  • App-driven devices (smartphones/tablets such as Android, Apple, Blackberry, Kindle Fire, Nook Color/Tablet, etc.) must use the OverDrive Media Console app to both search and download titles, available through OverDrive, Google Play (Android), Barnes & Noble App Store (Nook Color/Tablet), the iTunes App Store, or the Amazon App Store.
  • For some e-readers, digital titles must be downloaded using a PC or Mac and then transferred to the device.  To download and transfer audiobooks, you will need to install OverDrive Media Console on your computer.  To download and transfer e-books (except Kindle and Sony Reader), you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.
  • When downloading a title in Kindle format, you will be redirected to log into your Amazon account, where the book is delivered. Once signed in, you can send the title to your Kindle device or app via Wi-Fi. (Note: some publishers do not support delivery over Wi-Fi.  Those titles are transferred via USB.  See the Kindle page for details.)


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Find More E-books

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  • 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.
  • Inkmesh – E-book search engine to find free e-books and compare e-book prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and more!
  • Kobo Books – over 1 million titles in multiple formats.
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  • 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.


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