How do I download an ebook through the library?

So you have your new eReader … now what?!

Download eBooks for free using your library card!

You can start searching for free downloadable eBooks and audios by clicking on the “download audiobooks, eBooks” Overdrive graphic  toward the right side of this page.  It looks like this:   

Once you are on the Overdrive page, you’ll find help under “Getting Started” on the left side of the page, near the top.

You can also click on any of the links below to view guides developed by SELCO staff:

Kindle eBooks

EPUB eBooks (Nook format)

Android and Apple Apps

Adobe Digital Editions

Kindle Fire App Instructions

Overdrive has created a series of videos, called The Overdrive Guided Tour,  to assist you in the following topics:

Welcome to your Library’s Virtual BranchIntroduction to Download Media
What are Digital Rights?
How to Install the Free Software
Portable Devices
Browse, Check Out, and Download
How to Place a Hold
Overdrive Media Console
How to Transfer to a Portable Device
How to Burn to CD
Adobe eBooks

You will have to provide your library card number (don’t put in any spaces when entering it) in order to request and check out Overdrive titles.  More titles are being added every week, so check back often!  If there are no copies available of a title that you want (all copies are checked out), it is a good idea to place a request on it.  You will be notified by email when it becomes available for you to check out.  Downloadable eBooks are very popular and in high demand!

Check it out!  And enjoy your new eReader or listening device!

If you are interested in buying an eReader, take a look at this buying guide:  Holiday Gift Guide.

Download Audiobooks and eBooks Anytime, Anywhere

Best-selling and classic audiobooks and eBooks are now available 24/7 from

You can browse the collection, check out with your library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. To get started, you will need to install free software.  For audiobooks, download the OverDrive® Media Console™ and to read eBooks, you’ll need Adobe® Digital Editions. You’ll find links for these downloads along the left side of the download site ( under the Digital Software heading. You will only need to download this software once and then titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more.

This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, visit  Look for all kinds of helpful information under the Getting Started heading on the left side.  Click HERE for a video guided tour.


Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks coming soon!

Beginning January 12, 2011 we will be offering downloadable audiobooks and ebooks through OverDrive to all our library card holders! 

Click HERE to read about compatible audio devices listed on the OverDrive website. 

Click HERE for a full list of OverDrive’s Compatible eBook Devices.

Not all devices work with OverDrive. As of this writing (November 30, 2010) you cannot borrow OverDrive eBooks on the following: Amazon® Kindle, Amazon Kindle DX, Apple® iPad™.