We have five thousand e-books on our Overdrive website which disappear after their loan period so you can’t get fines! See below for e-book information, or see our other webpages about e-audiobooks or e-magazines & newspapers.
How do I borrow the E-books?
Before you start, you’ll need to know your library card number and PIN.
On a tablet or mobile
With an Apple, Android or Windows phone or tablet, you can download the books straight to your device by installing the free ‘Libby’ app from your app store. When you use the app for the first time it’ll take you through a process to pick York Libraries from an international list. Then you’ll be ready to start downloading books to read in the app.
Alternatively you could use the ‘Overdrive’ app from your app store. The ‘Overdrive’ app and the ‘Libby’ app both do the same job and have all the same books. Libby is more modern and we think it’s easier to use, but customers who’ve been using the e-library for a long time may prefer to stick to ‘Overdrive’ which has been around for longer.
On your PC or laptop
The simplest e-books to use are the ‘Overdrive Read’ format which appear in your internet browser without any software downloads required. Unlike other formats, these books can be used on the public PCs in our libraries, as well as at home.
For the EPUB format books, you’ll need to download some free software before you start downloading. This ‘Adobe Digital Editions’ software is available from the Overdrive website.
It depends on the type of e-reader:
Kindle e-readers – Amazon use their own format for e-books, so their e-readers are not compatible with library e-books such as ours.
Kindle Fire tablets – use the Overdrive app from the app store
Kobo – on modern Kobo e-readers you can borrow our e-books directly on your device. Follow Kobo’s instructions for using Overdrive on their e-readers.
Older Kobos and other E-Readers – Follow the instructions for PCs above, then transfer the books onto your device by dragging & dropping from Adobe Digital Editions.
Who can borrow?
Any York Libraries member. Please use your ordinary library card number and PIN (there is no need to join the library again specifically for e-books). If you are not yet a member see how to join.