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OverDrive Devices  |  Frequently Asked Questions  |  Borrowing Policies


You can check out OverDrive titles (also called "Maryland Digital eLibrary") by logging into your library account and searching the library's catalog.  Click on the appropriate device type below for specific instructions on how to get eBooks from the library.


OverDrive Devices


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Connect to OverDrive


You can browse the OverDrive collection, log into your account and check out titles from the web. In addition, you can use the OverDrive software for Windows or Macs to access their content on your desktop.


eBook FAQs


Still Need Help?


  • You can also connect directly to the OverDrive Website for additional support.
  • Please send an email via OverDrive Front Line Tech Support for support not addressed above. Be as thorough as possible in the description of your issue and include as many details (type of app and device, error messages, etc.) as possible.

OverDrive Borrowing Policies

The borrowing policies and limits for ebooks and audiobooks are different than those used for the library's standard collection. Below are some of the most important distinctions.

  1. Borrowing Limit - Up to 6 titles can be checked out at a time. The titles can be any combination of ebooks and audiobooks.
  2. Loan Period - Titles can be checked out for 7, 14 or 21 days. The default loan period is 14 days. Before checking out, you can choose a loan period of 7, 14 or 21 days. To find the loan period settings, log into OverDrive then click Account > Settings.
  3. Hold Limit - Up to 6 holds may be placed at a time.
  4. Email Notification for Holds - Hold notices will be sent to the email you enter when you place the hold. If you have more than one email account be sure to remember which one you used to place you hold with and check it often. Once the email notice has been sent you will have 3 days to retrieve holds.
  5. Hold Period - You have 3 days (72 hours) after time and date stamp on the email hold notification to retrieve your holds. If you do not retrieve your hold within 3 days after the hold notice is sent to you then the hold will expire.
  6. Returning Titles -
    • No need to return titles; they will expire at the end of the loan period.

    • If you want to return EPUB or PDF eBooks or mp3 audiobooks before they expire you may do so using Adobe Digital Editions or from within the mobile app.

    • You can also return EPUB, PDF and mp3 titles from within your library account.

    • Kindle eBooks can only be returned early from within your Amazon account, in the Manage Your Content and Devices section.

    • WMA audiobooks, Open EPUB and Open PDF titles cannot be returned early.

  7. Renewals - Can renew a title if nobody else is on the holds list for that title. When a title is available for renewal, the Renew button will appear next to titles on your Bookshelf three (3) days before your loan is set to expire.
  8. New Library Cards - If you place holds and/or check out OverDrive titles on a library card but then need to get a new or replacement library card (due to a lost or stolen card), none of your titles will be accessible to you until you contact OverDrive and let them know about this change. Email OverDrive Front Line Tech Support to contact OverDrive about this and be sure to include your new library card number, your email address and your old card number (if possible).


Last revised: August 14, 2015