Browse, checkout, and download over 6,000 titles here.
Overdrive Help - Take the Digital Books Tour, watch a how-to video, and find answers.
Read step-by-step instructions for your device
- E-Books for mobile devices including tablets (iPad, Android, Nook Tablet, Kindle Fire) and smartphones
- E-Books for Kindle e-readers
- E-Books for Nook, Kobo, and Sony e-readers
- Audiobooks for all devices
Would you like in-person e-book assistance with a librarian? Make an appointment or drop in to an E-Book Café and a librarian can answer your questions and help you browse, checkout, and download. Please bring your library card, USB cable (if applicable), and a basic understanding of how to use your device.
|Branch||E-Book Café Day and Time|
|Downtown Reno - 327-8300||Thursdays, noon - 1 p.m.|
|North Valleys - 972-0281||3rd Saturdays, noon - 1 p.m.|
|Northwest Reno - 787-4100||next cafe: Saturday, Mar. 23, 11 a.m. - noon, by appointment only|
|Sierra View - 827-3232||Saturdays, 11 a.m. - Noon|
|Spanish Springs - 424-1800||Tuesdays, 6 - 7 p.m., Wednesdays, 3 - 4 p.m., by appointment only|
|Sparks - 352-3200||Thursdays, 4 - 5 p.m., by appointment only|
|South Valleys - 851-5190||Fridays, 3 - 4 p.m.|
What software do I need to download e-books and audiobooks?
Are all the library's books available in digital format?
Can I return downloaded titles before the lending period expires?
Can I renew downloaded titles?
Can I donate digital titles to the library?
This chart shows the software needed and the compatible formats. Each device is different and a complete and current list is available at the Device Resource Center.
|Device||Content Type||Software Needed|
|Android Smart Phone||MP3 audiobooks, ePUB & Kindle eBooks||Overdrive Media Console app & Kindle app|
|Blackberry Smart Phone||MP3 audiobooks, ePUB & Kindle eBooks||Overdrive Media Console app & Kindle app|
|Creative Players||MP3 & WMA audiobooks||see Desktop/laptop|
|Desktop or laptop computer||MP3 & WMA audiobooks, ePUB, PDF, and Kindle eBooks||Adobe Digital Editions, Overdrive Media Console|
|iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch||MP3 & WMA audiobooks, ePUB & Kindle eBooks||Overdrive Media Console app & Kindle app|
|Kobo eReader||ePUB & PDF eBooks||see Desktop/laptop|
|Motorola Xoom tablet||MP3 audiobooks, ePUB & Kindle eBooks||Overdrive Media Console app & Kindle app|
|Nook eReader||ePUB & PDF eBooks||see Desktop/laptop|
|Nook HD, Tablet, Color||ePUB & PDF eBooks, MP3 audiobooks||Overdrive Media Console app|
|Palm Smart Phone||MP3 & WMA audiobooks||Overdrive Media Console app|
|Sony Reader||ePUB & PDF eBooks||see Desktop/laptop|
|Windows Mobile Phone||MP3 & WMA audiobooks, ePUB eBooks||Overdrive Media Console app|
|Zune||MP3 & WMA audiobooks||see Desktop/laptop|
Unlike the general public, libraries cannot purchase an e-book from Amazon or Audible and legally lend it to library patrons. Libraries must purchase specially-licensed digital content from intermediary companies. Some publishers do not license their titles for library lendings and as a result not all books are available for purchase by the library. Libraries are working to change the current state of copyright law, end-user license agreements, and the digital rights management protections put on the digital copies we buy so that you can access what you want from the library on the device you choose.
Titles in EPUB, PDF, Kindle, and MP3 formats may be returned early although the steps are a little different between formats (see table below). At this time WMA format audiobooks may not be returned early.
|Format||Return titles using|
|EPUB or PDF downloaded to a desktop/laptop computer||Adobe Digital Editions|
|EPUB or PDF downloaded to a mobile device||Overdrive Media Console app|
|Kindle||Manage My Kindle at your Amazon account|
|MP3 downloaded to a desktop/laptop computer||Overdrive Media Console|
|MP3 downloaded to a mobile device||Overdrive Media Console app|
|WMA||cannot be returned early|
For more detailed instructions on returning digital titles visit Overdrive Help.
At this time, downloaded titles cannot be renewed. If the title is not on hold for another patron you may check out the book again or place a hold on the item if it is unavailable.
Publisher and vendor restrictions prevent the library from accepting donations of digital titles purchased by patrons. However, the library can accept a cash donation that specifies the purchase of a particular digital title or format. For more about donating to the library by visiting our Support/Volunteer page.
Was the book you were looking for currently checked out? Be sure to place a hold on the title and then check out these sites for free e-book downloads.
Books Should Be Free - Free, public domain e-books and audiobooks. Download books for iPhone, Android, Kindle & mp3 players.
Google Books - Public domain titles from Google's Library Project can be read online or downloaded.
HathiTrust - HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Librivox - The Project Gutenberg of audiobooks. This project's goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.
Munseys - Collection of pulp fiction titles available in several digital formats.
Open Culture - The best free cultural & educational media on the web thousands of e-books, audiobooks, e-textbooks, and more.
Open Library - The Open Library Project's goal is one web page for every book ever published. Read e-books in the public domain or browse the growing e-book lending library of over 200,000 titles.
Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free e-books: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.