June 2013

eBooks · New User's Guide: Basic eReaders (Nook, Kindle, etc.)

What You Get:

Free access to thousands of eBooks that can be read on your computer or supported portable devices.

What You Need:

  • Your library card
  • A computer with Internet access
  • Free Adobe Digital Editions software (available for Windows and Mac computers)

What you do:

Step 1: Select the Overdrive link from the eBooks webpage. (Ebooks are also available in our catalog.)

Step 2: First-time users will need to download the Adobe Digital Editions software. Select the Help link in the upper right-hand corner of the Overdrive homepage, then click the "Applications" link on the following page. Follow the instructions to download and activate Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. (Kindle owners, pleaser refer to our New User's Guide for the Kindle for details about working with Kindle books.)

Downloadables homepage

Once you've downloaded and activated Adobe Digital Editions, you're ready to checkout your first eBook!

Step 3: Browse for titles using the menu at the top of the page, the rotating slideshows, or use the search box at the top of the page. You can also use “Advanced Search” to limit your search to specific file formats, subjects, or to only show titles with copies available.

Search options for ebooks

Check for the book icon in the top right corner of the cover image. If a title isn't available for checkout, the icon will be greyed out, and you'll need to place a hold on the book (you'll be notified by email when the title is ready to be downloaded).

Checking out ebooks

Step 4: Once you find an eBook you'd like to download, mouse over the book cover, then select the “Borrow,” button. Enter your library card number and PIN.

Make sure the format plays on your computer

Click the "Download" button, select EPUB, then click "Confirm & Download."

Select your preferred format

Your download should automatically open in Adobe Digital Editions. You can use Adobe Digital Editions to read the book on your computer or transfer it to a supported eReader.

Adobe Digital Editions

Step 5: Please note: before transferring eBooks, your eReader must be activated with your Adobe ID. You will be prompted to register your eReader the first time you connect the device to Adobe Digital Editions.

Registering your Nook with Adobe Digital Editions

Once you've done this, drag and drop your eBook to the “Bookshelf” for your eBook reader.

Transfer your ebook to the Nook

If you'd like to see what titles you have checked out or need to re-download a book, click on the “Account” link at the top of the Overdrive homepage to access your “Bookshelf” again. From here, you can also check your “Holds” page for titles you've ordered and visit your “Settings” page to change your loan periods.

Work with your account


  • See the Help section of the Overdrive website.
  • Email technical support.
  • Contact the Virtual Information Center by phone: 513-369-6900.