OverDrive

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OverDrive gives you free access to thousands of e-books and audiobooks with your Library card. You can access OverDrive e-books and audiobooks on your computer or most devices. On this page you can learn how to get started with OverDrive on your device.

  • Borrow e-books and audiobooks for three weeks
  • Find e-books and audiobooks in our online catalog
  • No software is required but you can download OverDrive's Libby app to explore on iOS, Android or Microsoft devices
  • You can play and download e-books and audiobooks in standard web browsers for Windows and Mac
  • E-books and e-audiobooks are checked in automatically after 21 days, unless you renew them
  • If there are no holds on an item, you can renew it up to three days before its due date

Visit OverDrive to find e-books and e-audiobooks, and manage your holds and checkouts. On their site you can:

  • Return items early or renew them
  • Suspend holds to checkout at a later date
  • View Kindle and other format availability

Using OverDrive on your device

How do I get started with my iPad, iPhone, Android & Windows Surface?

Libby by OverDrive App Instructions

Windows Surface Instructions

E-book format: EPUB and MP3

  1. Install the Libby App to your device from the Apple App store or Google Play (Windows Surface: use libbyapp.com/welcome).
  2. Follow the app instructions to add Seattle Public Library and sign in with your Library card number and PIN.
  3. Find an e-book or audiobook you want, check it out, and enjoy!

Note: Items download automatically. Return items early from the Libby App.

How do I get started with my Kindle & Kindle Fire?

Kindle Instructions

Kindle Fire Instructions

E-book format: Kindle & EPUB

  1. Log into your library account at spl.overdrive.com.
  2. Find the e-book you want, and select Borrow.
  3. Select Read Now with Kindle. You will be taken to Amazon.com.
  4. Log into Amazon.com account to claim your book
  5. Download the book via Wi-Fi and enjoy!

How do I get started with my Kobo?

Kobo Instructions

  1. From Kobo Home screen, select the Menu in the upper-left-corner.
  2. Go to Settings > Overdrive.
  3. Select Get Started.
  4. Select Sign in to OverDrive.
  5. Find your library on the Find a public library page, and tap to sign in.
  6. Sign in with your library card.
  7. Find a title with the Browse or Search option
  8. Select an e-book and open its details page then tap on *** to borrow or place a hold on the item.

Note: For OverDrive support, go to help.overdrive.com.

How do I get started with my Nook?

Nook Instructions

  1. Download Adobe Digital Editions to your computer.
  2. Register Adobe Digital Editions with an Adobe ID.
  3. Log into your account at spl.overdrive.com.
  4. Find an e-book you want, and check it out.
  5. Click the Download button and choose the The book will appear in Adobe Digital Editions.
  6. Plug your Nook into the computer with its USB cord.
  7. In Adobe Digital Editions, drag and drop the e-book into your e-reader and enjoy!

Note: There are known bugs with Adobe Digital Editions. Please choose Read now in browser or use the Libby App as a work around.

How do I get started with other devices?

O'Reilly Complete Public Library (formerly Safari Books Online)

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Read over 4,000 technology books online with O'Reilly Complete Public Library. Learn development languages, project management, how to run a lean startup and more. Read unlimited Safari Books Online for free with your Library card.

  • Learn how to develop software and mobile apps and print pages for offline access
  • Read technology books online with standard web browsers for Windows and Mac 
  • A library card is required to use Safari Books Online
  • You can read online anytime with no due dates  

BookFlix

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BookFlix pairs animated stories with real world concepts for early readers up to 3rd grade. Animated stories and interactive games keep young readers engaged and help build vocabulary.

  • Access BookFlix using an iPad, Chromebook, Windows PC or Mac
  • Explore nine themes of stories paired with nonfiction resources:
    • Animals and Nature
    • Earth and Sky
    • Family and Community
    • People and Places
    • Music and Rhyme
    • ABC's and 1,2,3's
    • Adventure
    • Imagination
    • Celebrations

TumbleBooks

Help your child build reading, math and language skills with this fun collection of animated, talking picture books for preschool and elementary-age children. Includes some books in French and Spanish.

  • Read story books, read-alongs, graphic novels and more for free with your Library card
  • Access TumbleBooks on Windows, Mac, Chromebook and most tablets and smartphones or download the TumbleBooks app on iOS or Android
  • Watch videos, do puzzles, play games or learn a language 

Hoopla Digital Comics

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You can read thousands of comics and graphic novels online for free from Hoopla. Sign in with your Library card from your internet-connected device and start reading now.

  • Read comics through your desktop browser or the Hoopla mobile app for iOS or Android
  • Browse dozens of categories, including Actions & Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Superhero
  • Comics are always available with no wait to read
  • Comics expire automatically after one week