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Ebook Collections: OverDrive

Ebook collections available through the Rohrbach Library

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

OverDrive provides a collection of popular fiction and nonfiction e-book and audiobook titles. It is compatible with Kindle, iPad, and a variety of mobile and non-mobile devices.

Libby App

Libby, the popular OverDrive app used by public libraries across the country is available for Kutztown University users. This free app offers an intuitive interface for reading ebooks or listening to audiobooks checked out on OverDrive. 

First time Libby users:

  1. When prompted if you have a library card, select Yes.
  2. Click I'll Search For a Library and enter "Kutztown University." We should be the first result.
  3. To add a library card, click Enter Library Account Details. You'll be directed to KU's Single Sign On page where you can sign in with your KU credentials.

Now you're free to browse our collection in the app. 

Existing Libby users (you've already signed up through a public library):

  1. Select the Libby icon in the top right corner.
  2. Click Add a library.
  3. Perform a search for "Kutztown University" and follow the instructions to enter your KU credentials.

If you are unsure how to navigate the Libby app, try visiting the Libby Help site for basic instructions: https://help.libbyapp.com/

If you're still stuck, feel free to contact Bob Flatley for help.

Use Restrictions

  • Most Overdrive ebooks are single-user titles, if an ebook is in use you can put a hold on it.
  • Overdrive ebooks are available in different formats including OverDrive Read, EPUB, and Kindle but not PDF. Learn more.
  • Books can be downloaded but individual pages or chapters cannot be printed.

Downloading

How do I download an OverDrive ebook?

The following is a general description of the steps for downloading an OverDrive ebook.  

1. Browse for a book.

  • Search the Rohrbach Library OverDrive Collection from any web-enabled device OR
  • Search using the Libby app OR OverDrive app from any app-enabled device

2. Borrow the book

  • Click on the book's Borrow button
  • Sign in with your Kutztown University username and password when prompted

3. Download the book

  • Select your format, and download the book.  
    • Kindle users (unless using the OverDrive app on a Kindle tablet), will select Read Now with Kindle. You will be prompted to sign in with your Amazon account before downloading the Kindle version. If browsing on Libby, you will be prompted to select either the Kindle app or the Libby app after borrowing. 
    • Users of other e-readers should select EPUB format. Clicking Download EPUB book within the OverDrive app will add the book to the app's bookshelf, where you can open and read the book.
    • Some older e-readers may require Adobe Digital Editions to view the EPUB book. Visit OverDrive's Getting Started page and select your specific device for more information. 
    • Libby and OverDrive app users can choose to read directly within the app itself.

4. Return a book

  • Books are automatically returned at the end of a checkout period.
  • If you would like to return a book early, you can do so by logging in to OverDrive (using your KU login) and clicking on Return Title in your personal bookshelf. 
  • Kindle users can log in to their Amazon accounts and select Manage Kindle.  Use the Actions drop-down next to a book title and select Return this book.

 

Can I print pages from an OverDrive ebook?

Overdrive does not support printing pages from ebooks.

Recommending ebooks and audiobooks

To recommend a book to be added to the library simply:
1. Search for the title
2. If you do not see the title on the results page, click on Recommend to Library under Availability on the left side:

3. This will then display all books available in the OverDrive catalog, click on Recommend and enter your email address in the form.

Sharing Ebooks

Overdrive links are permalinks, you can simply copy and paste the link from the browser to share: