Getting Started with OverDrive
Step 1: Get a free DC Public Library Card.
Step 2: Download Libby, OverDrive's newest app.
Step 3: Find instructions for your specific device.
Step 4: Browse our OverDrive collection to find your next read.
Try these options
- OverDrive Help - search for frequently asked questions by device or format
- OverDrive Support - email tech support specialists 24/7
- Help Videos - view short tutorials
- iOS (iPhone/iPad)
- Kindle eReaders
- Kindle Fire tablets
- MP3 Player
- Windows Phone
Frequently Asked Questions
How many books can I check out? How many holds can I place?
|Checkouts||You can borrow up to 10 titles at a time|
|Lending Periods||You can choose your default lending period of 7, 14, or 21 days|
|Holds||You can have up to 15* holds at a time|
|Recommendations||You can recommend 7 titles every 7 days|
|Wish List||You can add 5,000 titles to your wish list|
*Please note: On June 12 our OverDrive hold limit was updated to 15 holds. Current holds will not be affected by this change, however you will not be able to place any new holds until you are below the hold limit.
How do I renew an eBook?
Renewing digital titles works a little differently than renewing physical books from the library. When you renew a digital title, it doesn't extend your lending period. Instead, it lets you borrow the title again immediately after your current checkout expires (if there are no existing holds) or it places you on the wait list to borrow the title again as soon as possible (if there are existing holds).
You'll see the option to renew a title three days before it's set to expire. A Request again button will appear under the title on your Loans page. Learn more about renewing digital titles.