Reading eBooks on Kobos

Learn how to borrow library eBooks directly on these Kobos over a Wi-Fi connection. This guide is for newer Kobos (e.g., Libra, Forma, Aura ONE, Aura Edition 2, and Clara HD).

Step 1: Setting up your Kobo eReader for library borrowing

From the Home screen of the eReader, tap the ≡ menu icon in the upper-left corner.

Tap on Settings

On Settings screen, tap OverDrive.

Tap Get started.

Select Sign in to OverDrive. You will be taken to the Find a public library screen. In the search box, type in Okanagan Regional Library and tap Go. Tap on any library branch.

On the Sign in with your library card screen, enter your card number (no spaces) and PIN.

Tap Sign in.

You'll see an You’re All set to start borrowing screen. Select Browse to start exploring the library’s collection, or select Search to find a specific title.


Step 2: Finding library books on your Kobo

Limiting your search to library titles

You can filter the Kobo Store so that you see only eBooks you can borrow from the ORL eBooks collection

Tap the magnifying glass icon to search.

Tap the arrow to expand the drop-down menu.

Tap OverDrive.

Complete a search for title, author, or series.

You will see a list of only eBooks that are offered in the ORL eBooks|OverDrive collection.


Borrowing and placing holds on books

When you find a book you want to borrow, tap its cover image to open its information page.

Tap the more icon, then tap Borrow if the eBook is available. If an eBook is on loan, tap on the Place a hold option found next to the title. Tap Yes to confirm your hold. One the confirmation screen, tap the back arrow at the top left corner of the screen to return to your search, or select from the options presented.

On the You’ve Check out an item! screen, you can tap on the back arrow or Shop Kobo to return to search results, or tap Go to Books to start reading.

Borrowed eBooks will appear in the My Books section on your Kobo


Borrowing held books

When a hold is available for you, you'll get a notification on your Kobo and have three days to borrow it. To borrow the title:

  • Tap the menu in the upper-left corner.
  • Go to Kobo Store, then select OverDrive.
  • Tap Your holds.
  • Select Borrow next to the title.

Once you borrow a hold, you can find it under My Books.

Enjoy reading your eBook!


Step 3. Renewing your eBook

From the Home screen of the Kobo…

Tap My Books.

Long tap on the eBook to open the book actions menu, tap Request Again.

This will let you borrow the eBook again immediately after its lending period expires (if there are no existing holds), or place you on the eBook’s wait list (if there are existing holds).


Step 4. Returning your eBook early

eBooks are returned automatically at the end of their loan period, you can also return them before they are due! Here’s how:

From the Home screen of the Kobo…

Tap My Books.

Long tap on the title to open the book actions menu, tap Return. In the Return early? confirmation window, tap Return to remove the eBook from your library account.

A listing for a sample of the eBook as Kobo Preview may remain on Books list after returning the title.  Long tap on the title, and tap Remove, then Remove from My Books

Exception: Books in Open EPUB or Open PDF format cannot be returned early.



Borrowing Notes

There may be some eBooks available from the ORL eBooks|OverDrive collection,, that may not be available to be downloaded directly on the Kobo because they are not available in the Kobo Store,

Such books can be borrowed and downloaded from the ORL eBooks collection onto a computer and put onto the Kobo eReader by using Adobe Digital Editions. You will would need an OverDrive Account to do this.

For further help, see Reading eBooks on eReaders.


Need Further Help?

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 eBooks 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