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Books: OverDrive eBooks and Audiobooks: OverDrive Basics

This is a brief guide to walk you through the process of using OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks on your iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, and other devices.

What is OverDrive?

OverDrive is a distribution platform through which users of our library can download popular eBooks and audiobooks.  From our personalized Utah State University Libraries OverDrive site, we offer access to a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles in many different formats. 

You can read or listen to OverDrive titles on most popular devices, including your Mac or Windows computer, iPad or other Apple device, Kindle, Sony Reader, Nook, and more.  For a full list of devices and their compatibility, visit the OverDrive Device Resource Center.

Don't have an e-reader or a listening device?  Don't worry!  We also have a print collection of popular books, called the McNaughton collection, which is available to all USU library patrons.  These books are located in the New Book Reading Lounge on the second floor.  You may search for these books in the library catalog by performing a series search for 'McNaughton popular books' or just 'McNaughton'.

Who can access our collection?

All current USU faculty, staff, and students may access the OverDrive collection to borrow up to four items (eBooks or audiobooks) at a time.  Public and alumni patrons are not eligible for access through the USU library.  However, public libraries in Utah, including the Logan City library, provide OverDrive access to patrons through Pioneer, Utah's online library.

Returning books

No more overdue fines!  You never have to worry about returning your eBooks and audiobooks on time, because they will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.  You also have the option of choosing between the default 14 day checkout period or a 7 day checkout period. 

There is not a book return function within your OverDrive account, but you may return an eBook directly from the device to which it is downloaded.  At this time, there is no method for returning audiobooks.  For device-specific instructions on returning your eBook before the expiration, refer to the tab for your device.

Extra Help

For extra help on topics not covered in this LibGuide, visit OverDrive's help feature to view instructions for your specific product.  You can also find this Help feature on the right side of the screen on our USU OverDrive site.

OverDrive Help

Searching and Selecting

From the USU OverDrive home page, you may scroll through the displayed categories using the right and left arrows.  You can view all the titles in a category by clicking on 'complete list' in the upper right corner of each category.  If you wish to limit your browsing to fiction or non-fiction, in either audiobook or ebook form, you will find those options listed on the upper right side of the page.

You can perform a general search using the search box near the top right side of the page.  Also, you can perform an advanced search (found to the left of the general search box) using parameters such as title, creator, ISBN, publisher, and more.  In any results list, you will have the option to sort the list by title, creator, release date, popularity, or date added to site.

Once you find a book you want to read, select the 'add to cart' link next to the format that is appropriate for your device.  From here, you may continue browsing or you can check out your cart.  You will need to sign in using your A# and password.  Your password for OverDrive is the same as your central IT password for Banner, etc.   Use a capital A, as the OverDrive login in is case-sensitive.  Also, if your Banner password contains special characters, it may not work in OverDrive.  Change your password so it contains only letters and numbers and it should work.  For more instructions on selecting the right format and completing the checkout process, please refer to the tab for your device.  If your device isn't covered here, please refer to OverDrive's help feature.

Add to cart

Proceed to Checkout

Case-sensitive log-in

You can also search for OverDrive titles in our regular library catalog.  Perform a keyword search for the series 'OverDrive popular' to see all the OverDrive titles we own, or you can search specifically for 'Overdrive ebook' or 'Overdrive audiobook' to retrieve a list of titles in your desired format.

Once you locate a book you would like to read, click on the green 'Online Access' button to visit the OverDrive site, where you can sign in and download the book.

catalog online access

Placing a hold

If the book you want to read is already checked out, you can place a hold on it by selecting the 'Add to My Wait List' link beside the appropriate format.  You will be prompted to sign in (if you haven't already) and you will be asked for an email address so that you can receive notification when the book is available for you to download it. 

Additionally, if you have reached your checkout limit but find more books you would like to read, you can create a 'Wish List' to remind you of these titles when your current checkouts expire.  Simply click on the 'Add to Wish List' link next to the title.  Note that you have to be signed in in order to place holds or save items to your 'Wish List'.

Adding to wish list

Subject Guide

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Suggesting Books

Can't find a title that interests you?  Fill out the Suggestion Form and we will consider your input when we purchase new titles.