Borrowing digital books & magazines from the catalogue

Did you know? You can borrow digital books and magazines right from the Catalogue!

You can borrow and download digital books and or most popular magazines from the ORL’s OverDrive collection from the Catalogue. That’s right! Browse for your print and digital reading materials from one place!

You can borrow up to 10 digital books at a time. There are no limits on the number of magazines you can borrow at a time. 


Getting Started

If you are already used to borrowing from the ORL’s OverDrive collection, then you are ready to start borrowing and downloading from the Catalogue!

Jump to: Finding Digital Books & Magazines in the Catalogue.


New to borrowing digital books/magazines?

Review these instructions first to see what apps or software you need to enjoy digital books or magazines.

Are you downloading digital books and magazines to a tablet or smartphone?
Go to Getting Started with the Libby App

Are you downloading eAudiobooks to a computer to transfer to an iPod or MP3 Player?
Go to Listening to eAudiobooks on Computers/Media Players

Are you downloading eBooks to a computer to transfer to an eReader?
Go to Reading eBooks on eReaders  

Okay, you’re ready to go!


Finding digital books & magazines in the ORL Catalogue

Go to the Catalogue at  and Log In with your library card/username and PIN Code.

Complete your search, then use the filters on the left side of the screen to narrow down options. Under the Format label, check the boxes for eBook or Downloadable Audiobook, or Online Periodical or Article.

If you’re on a smaller screen, select the red button labelled Filter results (a funnel icon), then select the formats you want to narrow down your lists of search results.


Online Magazines will be labelled as Available; the current issue will always be available to check out from the Catalogue. (For older issues, you will need visit the ORL’s OverDrive site or use the Libby App). Digital books labelled Available can be borrowed right away! 

Select the Check out button to borrow the book or magazine.

In the expanded window, or pop-up box, select the Check out button again to confirm. You will see a message reading “Title checked out for download, or to view in browser.”


Are you using the Libby App?

Checked out books and magazines will appear on the app's Shelf.


Will you be enjoying your eBook or magazine on your browser?

For eBooks and Magazines, select the Read in Browser button, to open the item in a new browser tab.  A Wi-Fi connection is recommended. 

From the results list: Select the Read in Browser link next to the item.

From the item’s information page: Select the Checked out button to expand the reading options, select Read in Browser.


Downloading eBooks to Adobe Digital Editions / eAudiobooks to the OverDrive App

You can download the book right away or at any time from your Checked Out page. Be sure that the appropriate app or program is already be installed on the same device you are downloading to.

From the results list: Select the Download button next to the item. (For eBooks, select the format you want to download and select Check out, then click Download again).

From the item’s information page: Select  the Checked out button to expand the reading options, select Download.

You may be prompted to select the program you want to use to open the eBook or eAudiobook.


Placing digital books on hold

Is the digital book you want labelled with “All copies in use”? 

Select Place Hold to place a request on the book.

If needed, enter your email address in the form, and select Place Hold again to confirm.  A Hold requested confirmation message will appear.

You will be notified by email when your book becomes available. You will have 3 days from the time the notification is sent to go to your Checked out page and borrow the book.


Renewing your digital book

Renewals can only be completed from the Loans page of the ORL’s OverDrive site, or from the Libby App.

You may renew your digital book, if there are no requests on the title. The renewal option will become available 3 days before the book is due.


Returning items early

Digital books and magazines will automatically be returned at the end of their loan period, but you are welcome to return them early!

From your Checked out page in the Catalogue, click or tap the Return link.

In the confirmation window, select Return again.  A message will appear at the bottom of the screen to tell you that the item was successfully returned.


Need any further help?

Visit OverDrive Help to find more detailed instructions for borrowing and enjoying digital books and magazines. 

Or, get in touch with the ORL...

Call us at 1-844-649-8127.

Email, 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's OverDrive collection 

Note: 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. You can pay fees online. To renew an expired card, call your library branch