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Overdrive: The Basics: About Overdrive

How to access and use our library's eBook collection


A big thank you to the librarians at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library for generously sharing their content with us

What is Overdrive?

Overdrive is the name of our digital materials service. Overdrive allows you to download ebooks, audiobooks, streaming videos and music to use on your home computer, tablet, smart phone, or to transfer a title to a compatible mobile device.

You can check out and download the following types of digital materials using Overdrive

  • Adobe® PDF eBooks
  • Adobe® EPUB eBooks
  • Kindle eBooks
  • WMA Audiobooks
  • MP3 Audiobooks
  • Music
  • Streaming Video

To access these digital materials you need…

  • Your McCallie network user name and password
  • Internet access (preferably high speed) and/or a wireless connection
  • A computer or device that meets the system requirements for the digital materials you want to check out
  • Free software for your computer or compatible device

OverDrive Read

OverDrive Read is the new HTML5 eBook format that allows you to read the book in your device's browser. No downloading necessary! You may need to clear your cookies to view the new OverDrive site.

You can find instructions and more information by clicking on the Overdrive Read tab above.

Read logo

Overdrive Help

Need troubleshooting help? Don't see your device listed on this guide? Visit Overdrive Help:

Overdrive Features

Overdrive offers some great features that can enhance your digital experience.

Wish List -- When you're browsing and come across something you'd like to get later, add it to your wish list -- just click on the link next to the title. Now you can browse when you have the time and get titles from your wish list when you're in a hurry!

Rate the Title -- Did you really love that ebook? Rate it! Did you hate the reader on that audiobook? Rate it! There are rating stars next to each Overdrive title. Give your own thumbs up or thumbs down. Previous ratings always show, so you can see how others liked a title.

Recommend Titles -- You can also search 'Additional Titles' in our Overdrive catalog for books that we don't have. Then with a simple click you can recommend that we purchase it and it to the collection. You can also get automatically added to the hold list if we do get it!

Share It -- Share your favorite titles with others via email, Facebook or Twitter. Links are located in the title's full record.

Try It Out -- Of course, you can always read, listen to, or watch excerpts for Overdrive titles. No more wondering if this title is right for you!

Buy It -- If you don't want to wait for a checked out book to be available, you have the option to buy the book instantly. If you decide to buy the book, going to a bookseller through our site means that a portion of the sale goes back to the library for the express purpose of buying more eBooks. It's a win/win!

How to borrow titles

How to borrow titles

  1. Find our digital collection website.
  2. From the drop down menu, choose McCallie
  3. Look for a title that's available to borrow. You can:
    • Browse the titles on the home page.
    • Use the menu at the top of the page to browse categories.
    • Run a search.
  • 4. Mouse over a title, then click Borrow to check it out.
  1. Screenshot of the Borrow option on the moused-over menu
    Or, click more to view the title's details page. From here, click Borrow to check it out.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Screenshot of the Borrow button from title's details page
  2. Your library Bookshelf will open, displaying title(s) you've borrowed. From here, you can:
    • Click Read (In your browser) to open an eBook in your browser with OverDrive Read.
      Screenshot of the Read option from the library bookshelf
    • Select Play to open a streaming video in your browser.
      Screenshot of the Play button on your library bookshelf
    • Or, select a format from the Download drop-down menu, then click Confirm & Download.
      • Select Kindle Book to complete checkout on Amazon's website and send the title to your Kindle or Kindle reading app (U.S. libraries only).
      • Select a different eBook format to download and open it in Adobe Digital Editions or OverDrive for Windows 8.
      • Select an audiobook format to download and open it in OverDrive's desktop app or OverDrive for Windows 8.
      • Select a music or video format to download and open in OverDrive's desktop app (Windows only).

Note:  Windows supports eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. Mac supports eBooks and MP3 audiobooks.


How to renew a digital title

  1. Log into your Account on our library's digital collection website.
  2. On your library Bookshelf, select the Renew icon next to the title you'd like to renew.
    Note: This option does not appear until three days before the title is supposed to expire.
  3. If there are no existing holds on a title, the Renew icon will be green, like in the example below. In this case, you can use the renew feature to hold a copy of the title for you, so that you can borrow it again immediately once your first checkout expires.
    Screenshot of the renew icon for a title with no existing holds
    If there are existing holds on a title, the Renew icon will be grayed out, like in the example below. In this case, you can still use the renew feature to reserve a spot on the title's holds list so that you can borrow it again as soon as it's available.
    Screenshot of the renew icon for a title with existing holds
  4. Enter and confirm your email address in the renewal form, then select the Renew button. If you would like the renewed title to be automatically added to your library Bookshelf as soon as it's available (instead of being held for you on your Holds page), make sure that "Automatically borrow this title at the time of renewal" is selected. 
    Screenshot of the renewal form

Once you renew a title, its Renew icon on your library Bookshelf will have a checkmark next to it.
Screenshot of the renew icon once a title has already been renewed

You can also track which titles you've scheduled to renew from your Holds page.

As soon as your first checkout expires and the title is available for you again, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to access the title. You'll either be instructed to find the renewed title on your Bookshelf (if you had the title automatically borrowed for you at the time of renewal) or borrow the title from your Holds page.

Please note that renewing a title does not mean that it is automatically re-downloaded to your computer or device. If you would like to re-download your renewed title, you will have to return to your library Bookshelf and select a Download format.