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!
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
Find, check out, and download an eBook
If using your desktop computer, transfer the eBook to your eReader!
Need help getting started using eBooks? Book a 1-on-1 session with a Librarian! Don’t forget to bring your device.
Read fiction, short stories, biographies, business, classic literature, and more!
Most books are in simplified Chinese
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.
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Due to our licensing agreement with Overdrive (the company we purchase eBooks from), only Richmond residents can have access to our eBooks.
You can still borrow our print books, DVDs and CDs from our library.
We would recommend checking with your home library for their downloadable service. (Vancouver, Burnaby, Fraser Valley, Surrey).
The current model for eBook lending is determined by the publishers, not the library. Most publishers are currently operating on a licensing model, which means that we have to pay for a license for each digital copy we buy, and only one person can be reading a copy at a time.
As of April 10, 2014, the OverDrive App will no longer be available to download on BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, and Playbook devices.
BlackBerry users with the app installed prior to April 10 will be able to continue downloading eBooks and audiobooks on the OverDrive App. However, OverDrive has made the decision to do no further development or testing for BlackBerry devices.
Amazon has its own file format and it doesn't play EPUB files that are Adobe DRM-protected (Digital Rights Management). Publishers protects their books with a DRM software so that it cannot be converted or copied. Amazon uses its own file format and its own type of DRM software.
Have you used your card at the library within the last two years? If you haven’t, your card may have been deactivated. Please visit the library and we’ll be happy to provide you with a new card. Do you live in Richmond? Due to our licensing agreement, only Richmond residents have access to our eBooks. Please check with your home library for their downloadable collection.
Possible reasons: Did you sign in with the library card you place the hold with? Did you visit the website to check out your book within 72 hours from the time you get your email notification telling you that your hold is ready?
Reason: You’ll get this error message if you try to download an Adobe eBook on a computer or device after having downloaded the eBook once using anonymous activation or different Adobe ID.
Solution: To download the same eBook on multiple computers and devices, use the same Adobe ID to authorize the devices.
» How to authorize your computer or device
» Note: if you try to reauthorize your computer or device, any existing books will no longer work.
Go back to Adobe Digital Editions, select the item, click the down arrow on the left, and choose "returned borrowed item" (instead of "delete item"). Confirm that you want to return and the book should now be off your account.
Reason: You’ll get this error message if you try to download an Adobe eBook on your computer using just Adobe Reader. All library eBooks, even if they are in PDF format, have to be opened by Adobe Digital Editions.
Solution: Download Adobe Digital Editions.
Reason: You'll get this error when the activation site is busy, or if your computer is not allowing Adobe Digital Editions access to the Internet.
Solution: Ensure that none of the security measures installed on your computer are preventing Adobe Digital Editions from accessing the Internet and attempt to open Adobe Digital Editions again.
Reason: When you transfer both formats of eBooks (PDF and EPUB), it sometimes causes this error for the Sony eReaders.
Solution: Try transferring another book of the same format. This will clear the protected page error.
Still doesn't work? Try upgrading your firmware.
Solution: Reset Adobe ID authorization.
» Close Adobe Digital Editions
» Plug in your eReader to your computer
» Open Adobe Digital Editions
» Windows computer: Press Ctrl + Shift + E together on your keyboard • Mac computer: Press Command + Shift + E
» Click Deauthorize
» Open your Adobe Digital Editions and reauthorize your device again
&raaquo; Your eBook transfer should work now.
Reason: Only EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks can be directly downloaded to your devices.
Solution: Look for those types of files when you are borrowing titles.
If you want iPod-compatible WMA audiobooks, use the transfer method instead.
Solution: Restart your device
» Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of the device until the red slider appears
» Slide the slider and wait for the device to shut down
» Press the Sleep/Wake button again to restart