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eBooks from OverDrive

eBooks @yourlibrary

1000’s of today's most popular titles.
Downloadable for your computer or mobile device

Get eBooks Now!


The Basics

  • Free software available for your computer
  • App available for tablets & smartphones
  • 10 books out at a time
  • Checkout for 21 days
  • 5 holds at a time
  • Titles automatically expire after their lending period is over - no need to return them!
  • No renewals, but you can go back and borrow the book again if it's available
  • Option to return books early

Note for Non-Residents

Richmond's downloadable service "eBooks @yourlibrary" is only available to Richmond residents due to licensing agreements with OverDrive, the company that provides this service. Not a Richmond resident? Check your home library to access their eBook Collection!

How it Works

  1. Get the free software.
    Using your home computer or laptop? Install Adobe Digital Editions
    Using a mobile device? Install the OverDrive Media Console App for Apple, Android, Blackberry, or Windows 8
  2. Authorize your device
    Why do I need to do this? All library eBooks are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) software, so you need to have a DRM account in order to use them.
    Using a mobile device? Login to the OverDrive App using your Richmond Public Library Card
    Using your computer and/or Kobo? Sign up for an Adobe ID here! Your email address doubles at your Adobe ID

  3. Find, check out, and download an eBook
  4. If using your desktop computer, transfer the eBook to your eReader!

1-On-1 Help

Need help getting started using eBooks? Book a 1-on-1 session with a Librarian! Don’t forget to bring your device.

Sign up now!

Step By Step Guides for your Tablets and eReaders from OverDrive Help

Click on the link to the OverDrive Getting Started Guides and select your device from the menu.

OverDrive Getting Started Guides

Guides in Other Languages (PDF)

Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese French Russian Spanish

Apple & Android Users: Not Sure What Operating System You Have?

  • Apple: how to check the iOS version of your device
  • Android: how to check the operating system version of your device

    Not Compatible with Library eBooks

    Amazon Kindle

    First Generation iPad

    Android Devices with Operating Systems lower than version 2.2

    Blackberry Playbook
    as of April 2014

    Blackberry Smartphones
    as of April 2014

    eBooks in Chinese (全新中文电子书)

    • 100’s of new and classic books for adults and children
    • Compatible with Apple, Android, and Windows devices using the OverDrive Media Console App!
    • Read fiction, short stories, biographies, business, classic literature, and more!
    • Most books are in simplified Chinese

    Device Compatibility
    Chinese eBooks are compatible with Apple, Android, and Windows devices using the OverDrive Media Console App. Chinese eBooks are not compatible with most eReaders, including Kobo, Sony, and Kindle, as these devices do not usually carry Chinese fonts.

    Don’t want to see Non-English Books when you’re browsing?
    Filter your results by language!



  • Does my smartphone or tablet use up any data when I'm listening or reading a downloaded book?more sign

  • I don't live in Richmond, but I have a Richmond Public Library card. Can I use your eBook service?more sign

  • Why do I have to place holds? Shouldn't digital files allow unlimited use?more sign

  • What happens when a book expires?more sign

  • Why are Blackberry Devices no longer compatible with library eBooks?more sign

  • Why is the Amazon Kindle not compatible with library eBooks?more sign

  • Troubleshooting & Error Messages

    For a complete list of troubleshooting tips search OverDrive Help

    Library Cards & General Info

    1. My library card number doesn't work. Why?more sign

    2. What is my PIN?

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    3. I can't find my hold.more sign

    eBooks and Adobe Digital Editions


    "Error getting license. License server communication problem: E_LIC_ALREADY_FULFILLED_BY_ANOTHER_USER"more sign

    I've deleted the title from my Adobe Digital Editions, but it's still showing on my account.more sign

    "Adobe Reader could not open "urllink.acsm" because it is either not a supported file or because the file has been damaged"more sign

    "Error contacting authentication server"more sign

    Sony: "protected page" error when opening eBooksmore sign

    Pandigital Novel: I can't transfer my eBooks to my device.more sign

    Overdrive App Errors

    iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch: "E_ADEPT_DATE_SYNTAX Error" when trying to authorize the device with an Adobe IDmore sign

    iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch: "format type is not supported" or "8004041d" errormore sign

    iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch: I updated the Overdrive Medial Console app and now it's not working.more sign