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View the printable handouts to get started downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks. You can find more detailed help information by visiting the OverDrive website.

Getting Started Guides

For an overview of how to use eBook and eAudiobook content:

Device Guides

Locate your device from the list below:

Multifunction eReaders/Tablets/Phones

Content can be downloaded directly to your device using the OverDrive app.

Dedicated eReaders, iPods and MP3 Players

Content must be downloaded to your computer then transferred to your device using Adobe Digital Editions.

*These Kobos are wireless-enabled but you still need to download and transfer content using your computer.

Supported and Unsupported Devices

Check the complete list of compatible devices to ensure your device works with OverDrive materials.

Video Tutorials

View these step by step videos from OverDrive to learn how to use your particular device to browse, check out, and download ebooks.

How eBook Borrowing Works

You must have a valid Toronto Public Library card number and PIN to check out titles.

How to get or renew your library card

Checking out materials

You can have up to 30 titles checked out at any given time.

The default lending period for eBooks is 21 days but can be changed at checkout or by going to Settings in your account.

Returning materials

Materials will expire automatically at the end of the checkout period. These items do not have to be returned and late fines are never applied.
However, it is possible to return certain items early if you reach your checkout limit, or to make items available for other library users.

eBooks can be returned early using Adobe Digital Editions software or the OverDrive mobile app after the books have been downloaded. See individual device guides above or OverDrive Help for instructions on how to return eBooks. eAudiobooks cannot be returned early.

Renewing materials

Unfortunately titles cannot be renewed, but you can check them out again if they are available when the checkout period ends.

Placing holds

OverDrive titles that are not currently available (indicated with a greyed-out icon in the top right of the cover image) can be placed on hold. You will be asked for your email address and will receive an email when the item becomes available.

The default setting in OverDrive is to have the item automatically checked out to your account. If you change this, you will have 4 days (96 hours) from the time the email is sent to sign in to your OverDrive account and check the item out.

You can have up to 30 items on hold at any given time. You cannot place a hold on an item you already have checked out.

Suspending holds

If you think you'll be too busy to read something if it becomes available or you want to prevent all your holds from coming in at once, you can suspend all or some of your holds.

Login Problems

You may be unable to log in or check out items from OverDrive if:

Account Problems

If you've replaced your TPL card but have outstanding holds on your OverDrive account, you will not see them when you log in to OverDrive. Please contact Answerline to merge your old and new accounts. Any other issues with your OverDrive account can also be sent to Answerline.


For more information about OverDrive's accessibility features, visit OverDrive Help.

More questions?

Attend one of the library's eBook programs.

Contact OverDrive Tech Support for help with software, downloading, error messages, and other issues.