OverDrive Basics FAQ

OverDrive Basics FAQ
The Lancaster Community Library now offers downloadable audiobooks and eBooks in cooperation with other Southwest Virginia Public Libraries. Depending upon the title and your hardware, you'll be able to listen to the audiobooks on your computer, from a CD, or on your portable music device. You will be able to read the eBooks on your PC and your eBook reader.

In order to check out items you will need to enter your Library Card Number and PIN. If you place reserves or review your library account on-line, you will use the same PIN for downloadable audiobooks and eBooks.  If you do not know your PIN, bring your card into the Library and ask at the circulation desk or just give us a call at 804-435-1729.

What Do I Need to Start?
Before you begin downloading OverDrive titles, you'll need to install or update a couple of programs. These will be one-time operations:

To Download Audiobooks:
Download the OverDrive Media Console
Update Windows Media Player 9 (or newer)
How? In the OverDrive Media Console, go to Tools --> WMP Security Upgrade. Follow the License Acquisition steps, and play OverDrive's jingle to complete the upgrade.
For more information, please visit the OverDrive Quick Start Guide

To Download eBooks:
Download Adobe Digital Editions
Adobe Digital Editions can be activated anonymously or by using an Adobe ID. We recommend that you create an Adobe ID. Activating using an Adobe ID allows you to download and read DRM-protected eBooks on multiple computers and transfer them to supported eBook devices. Anonymous activation allows you to download and read DRM-protected eBooks on a single computer only.
For more information, please visit the OverDrive Quick Start Guide

For iPad and iPhone Users:
Download the free OverDrive App from the Apple App Store.
The OverDrive App will manage both audiobook and eBook downloads for iPad or iPhone users. You will need your Apple ID for the initial download.
For more information, please visit the OverDrive Quick Start Guide

Can I play titles on my MP3 Player? What eBook readers are compatible?
Go to the OverDrive catalog for a complete list of compatible listening devices and ereaders.

How do I find available titles?
Visit the OverDrive catalog.

How many titles can I check out?
Patrons can have four items checked out at a time including audiobooks and eBooks. Patrons can place up to four OverDrive holds at a time. Once the title you have placed on hold becomes available for check out, you will receive an email indicating the title is available. You will then have three days to check out the title before it is returned to the collection.

OverDrive audiobook titles check out for two weeks and cannot be returned early. OverDrive eBook titles check out for three weeks and can be returned early. OverDrive items cannot be renewed, but they can be checked out again if no other patron has a hold on the item.
For more information, please visit the OverDrive Quick Start Guide