Getting started with digital books & tablets

Here is what you need to start enjoying digital books from the ORL eBooks collection

1. Are you comfortable using tablets or smartphones?
You will have to download an app to your tablet or smartphone to allow you to borrow digital books from the ORL.

2. Do you have access to a wireless Internet connection?
It is needed to download digital books directly to your tablet or smartphone.

3. Do you have a compatible tablet or smartphone that will let you borrow digital books from the library?
You can check what devices are compatible at http://help.overdrive.com/#devices.

4. Do you have an ORL card and PIN Code? 
You will need both to borrow digital books. If you do not know your PIN code, please visit your closest library branch. Or, you can reset your PIN code online if your email address is associated with your library account

 

Download the OverDrive App

Visit your app store and download the OverDrive App to your tablet or smartphone.

When you first open the OverDrive app, you will be prompted to create an OverDrive Account.

Tap Sign Up. Go to Enter your details. Enter name, an email address, and created a password. Tap Sign up. Verify your OverDrive account from your email.

Your OverDrive Account:

  • Authorizes the App, which permits you to open copyrighted materials on your mobile device.
  • Can be used to sync your bookmarks across your devices, so you can stop reading on your smartphone and start again at the same place on your tablet.

You can find out more about the features of the OverDrive Account at the following OverDrive Help link: http://help.overdrive.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1481535.

 

From the app, tap on the home menu icon, ≡ (found in the top left corner of the app).

Select Add a Library or Manage Libraries. In the following screen, search for Okanagan Regional Library.  Select a library branch, then, tap Okanagan Regional Library to save it.

The ORL eBooks website will open in the app and Okanagan Regional Library will appear at the top of the screen.

 

Finding books in the ORL eBooks collection

Tap the Books icon in the top right hand corner or tap Sign In, enter your library card number and PIN (password). You are now ready to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks with just a few taps!

Search for titles or authors, or browse by Subjects or Collections (you may need to tap on the menu icon, ≡ on the right side of the screen to see these options).

Books that are out on loan will have a Wait List banner at the top. Books that are ready to borrow will have an Available banner.

Tap on the icon or the cover image of the book see book summaries, samples, or read-alikes.  

Tap on Place a Hold to be put on a waiting list for digital books out on loan.

The first time you place a hold, you will be asked for an email address to send the notification to for when the book is ready. It will be automatically checked out to your account when it becomes available. (You can turn off automatic check-outs from the Settings section of your account on the ORL eBooks website).

Tap on Borrow to check-out the book. If desired, change the lending period (7, 14, or 21 days) before tapping Borrow. The title will be added to your Loans page under My account on the ORL eBooks website.

To get to your Loans page, select Loans in the blue banner at the top of the screen (appears when you borrow a book), or tap the Go to Loans button that replaces the Borrow button for the book. 

 

Enjoying your book

Download your book

From your Loans page, tap Download to download the book to your device.

Once the download is complete, you can start enjoying your book. Select the app menu icon ≡ (in the top left corner of the screen), tap Bookshelf and click on the book cover image to enjoy your book.

 

Or, read or listen online

From your Loans page, tap Read Now or Listen Now to enjoy the eBook or eAudiobook in your browser online.

 

Renewing your digital book

You may renew your digital book, if there are no holds on the title.

Three days before your book is due, a Request again link will become available under the cover image of the borrowed book on the Loans page of your account on the ORL eBooks website.

Click on the Request again link to open the form. Confirm your email address and click the Submit. You will get an email when the title becomes available for check-out at the end of its initial loan period, after which you can check out the title again from the Holds page in your account and re-download it.

If there are holds on the book, filling out the Request again form will add you to the wait list for the book. 

 

Returning digital books early

You can return digital books early from the Bookshelf screen on the OverDrive app.

Tap and hold the cover of the book until the return options pop up.

Tap on Return.

Tap Return to again to confirm returning the title to the library collection and to remove it from your account. 

 

 


Need Further Help?

There are many ways to get in touch with the ORL...

Visit your nearest library branch.

Call the toll-free eBook Help Line: 1-855-853-2665.   

Email info@orl.bc.ca, in your email, please include:

  • any error message you’ve received
  • your ORL library card number
  • the title(s) of the book(s) you are attempting to download
  • the type of media player or eReading device you are using
  • your computer’s operating system
  • indicate you are using the ORL eBooks collection 

 

Please note that if your ORL card has expired or you have outstanding late fees of $20.00 or more, you'll be unable to borrow from this collection. Please visit your library branch to re-activate your card.