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Getting Started with E-Books

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

Getting Started Guides
For an overview of how to use ebook and audiobook content:
Getting Started Using eBooks (PDF)
Getting Started Using eAudiobooks (PDF)

Device Guides
For wifi-enabled devices, download content from the TPL directly to your device. Locate your device from the list below.
iPhone/iPad/iPad Mini/iPod Touch (PDF)
Android (PDF)
BlackBerry Playbook (PDF)
Kobo Arc or Kobo Vox (PDF)
Sony (wifi) (PDF)
Windows Phone 7 (PDF)

For devices without wifi, download content to a computer and then transfer to your device using Adobe Digital Editions.
Sony eReader (no wifi) for ebooks (PDF)
Kobo Touch or Kobo Glo for ebooks (PDF)
Nook for ebooks (PDF)
MP3 players for audiobooks (PDF)
iPod for audiobooks (PDF)

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.
iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch)
Adobe Digital Editions (Desktop Computer)
Sony Reader Wifi
Windows Phone

How eBook Borrowing Works
You must have a valid Carlow/Mayo 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 15 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.

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 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.

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

Supported and Unsupported Devices
Currently, the Amazon Kindle is not compatible with OverDrive material.
Read more about Amazon Kindle and OverDrive in Canada.

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

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

  • Your library account is blocked
  • Your library card has expired
  • You have forgotten your PIN

Account Problems
If you've replaced your CMPL 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.

More questions?
If you require further assistance using ebooks or audiobooks you can contact us with your query. We will respond and will also use the information to help inform and improve the content of this site.


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