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Electronic Books Guide: Overdrive

Getting Started with OverDrive

OverDrive is a collection of popular fiction and nonfiction ebooks and audiobooks available for online checkout.
To access OverDrive:
  1. Navigate to the UW System's OverDrive collection
  2. Click the 'Sign in' button.
  3. Select University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from the dropdown menu and login with your UWL NetID and password.


How can I get more help?

Contact Collection Development Librarian Pam Cipkowski, visit OverDrive's help page, or click an image below.

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Overdrive Basics

Do I need to create a separate OverDrive account?

No. Your UWL credentials are used to borrow ebooks and audiobooks. 

Do I have to download any software or apps to use OverDrive?

You can read and listen to books on your computer via a web browser. If you would like to read or listen to a book on your mobile device, you can do so using the Libby app.

Can I use a Kindle to read books from OverDrive?

Yes, after you borrow a title, select 'Read now with Kindle' and login to your Amazon account. 

What if I use OverDrive and the Libby app with another library system?

In the Libby menu, tap 'Add a Library.'

Can I download books to read offline? 

Yes, loans are automatically downloaded for offline use if you are on Wifi. 

How long can I borrow books?

7, 14, or 21 days

How many books can I borrow at one time?

Up to 5 books at once

What if I want to borrow a book that is checked out?

Put a hold on the book in OverDrive. You will receive an email notification when the book is available.

How many holds can I have at one time?

Up to 5 books at a time

How do I renew books?

Renew a book from your Loans page before it is due. Request the book again if there are holds.

How do I return books?

Books are automatically returned on the due date, but you can return a book early.

Are both ebook and audiobook formats available for all books?

No. Format availability varies by book.


If you have any other questions, please contact Collection Development Librarian Pam Cipkowski.