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:
Locate your device from the list below:
Content can be downloaded directly to your device using the OverDrive app.
- iPhone/iPad/iPad Mini/iPod Touch (PDF)
- Android (PDF)
- Kindle Fire* (PDF)
- Kobo Arc and Kobo Vox (PDF)
- Windows RT Tablet (PDF)
*The Kindle Fire is the only version of the Kindle that is compatible with library eBooks in Canada.
The OverDrive Media Console mobile app is no longer available for BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10 and Playbook devices as of April 10, 2014. BlackBerry users who installed the app prior to April 10 can still continue to use it to access OverDrive content.
Dedicated eReaders, iPods and MP3 Players
Content must be downloaded to your computer then transferred to your device using Adobe Digital Editions.
- Sony Reader for eBooks* (PDF)
- Kobo Aura, Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini or Kobo Touch for eBooks** (PDF)
- MP3 players for eAudiobooks (PDF)
- iPod for eAudiobooks (PDF)
*If your Reader is wireless-enabled, after the inital setup and authorization you can download eBooks directly on the device using the built-in browser.
**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.
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.
Checking out materials
You can have up to 30 titles checked out at any given time.
The lending periods can vary from title to title. These can be set to either 7, 14, or 21 days at the time of checkout.
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 Media Console mobile app after the books have been downloaded. See individual device guides above for instructions on how to return eBooks. eAudiobooks cannot be returned early.
Unfortunately, titles cannot be renewed, but you can check them out again if they are available when the checkout period ends.
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.
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.
You may be unable to log in or check out items from OverDrive if:
- Your library account is blocked
- Your library card has expired
- Your library card has been reported lost
- You have forgotten your PIN
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.
To learn about accessibility features available on OverDrive Media Console, see the OverDrive Accessibility Guide (PDF) .
Contact OverDrive Tech Support for help with software, downloading, error messages, and other issues.