Get Started with OverDrive

Get Started with OverDrive

eBooks & Audiobooks

  • Check out up to 10 items at a time.
  • The default loan period is 14-days (maximum loan period is 21 days).
  • If there is no waiting list, you can renew an item one time.
  • Place up to 14 requests.
  • Never any late fees! When the loan period expires, you will be prompted to delete the item from your device.

Please note: Upper Hudson Library System cards expire every three years. Check with your home library if you are unable to log in—it is likely your information needs updating.

In addition to your library card, you will need a valid email address and the OverDrive app, which is available for Windows 8 and above, iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle tablets. If you do not have a mobile device, you can read eBooks in your browser, or you can download software to your computer to read ebooks or listen to audiobooks.

Online guides for getting started with various devices can be found on the OverDrive Devices Profiles page.

Printable Getting Started Guides for how to check out and download library ebooks and audiobooks are available below.

Digital Magazines

Read popular magazines on your mobile device with OverDrive Digital Magazines. You can download as many magazines as you wish, and they will stay on your device until you delete them. There will never be any late fees or expiration dates.

To download digital magazines, you will need a valid library card from any public library in Albany or Rensselaer counties, the Nook app, and a Barnes & Noble account. For more information, see this Getting Started guide.

Streaming Video

Stream over 300 popular motion pictures right to your computer or mobile device. You can check out a streaming video for up to seven days with no late fees. For more information, see this Getting Started guide.


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