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OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks: Home

What is OverDrive?

OverDrive allows you to check out current, popular eBooks and eAudiobooks and read them on your eReader or mobile device.

You must be a student, faculty or staff member of the University of Delaware to check out titles from the UD Library's OverDrive site. You will also need a current UDelNet ID and password.

Technology Required

-An Adobe ID or Amazon Kindle account may be required for some applications

Borrowing eBooks and eAudiobooks

Checkout Limit
A user may have up to three eBooks checked out at one time.

Lending Period
The lending period is 14 days. Books are automatically returned on the due date and can be returned early.

The eBooks can be renewed three days before the due date by clicking on "Renew". At the end of the loan period, if no one else has placed a hold on the book, the user can check out the book a second time.

Getting Started

Step 1: Obtain an Adobe ID or Amazon Kindle account (if required for the computer or device).

Step 2: Install the applicable free software or app (e.g., OverDrive app, Adobe Digital Editions or Amazon Kindle Reading app).

Step 3: Check out an eBook from OverDrive eBooks.

Step 4: Download the book and enjoy!

How to Check Out an eBook or eAudiobook from OverDrive

1. Go to OverDrive eBooks.

2. Browse or search by title, subject or author.

3. Click on Borrow.

4. Sign-in with a current UDelNet ID and password.

5. Click on Download and then select a format (EPUB, Kindle, PDF). The lending period is 14 days. Choose Confirm & Download.

Recommendation for Purchase

The Library welcomes suggestions for OverDrive eBooks. Please use the Recommendation for Purchase form to send your suggestions.

Don't Have a Device? Try OverDrive Read

OverDrive Read is a simple way to enjoy eBooks using a web browser. There are no apps to download, no software to install, just click ‘Read’ and start reading. The book opens in a web browser, complete with the navigation controls found on any dedicated eReader.

Ask the Library


Placing a Hold on an eBook

If an eBook is unavailable, the message Place a Hold appears instead of Borrow. Provide an email address.

When notified that the eBook is available, click Account on the OverDrive eBooks website and sign in. Choose Holds and proceed to check out.

A maximum of six eBooks can be added to a hold list.

Holds will expire three days after notification.


OverDrive Help provides customized help for your device or computer.

Click on the icon above to access OverDrive Help.