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eBooks help and guidance

What are eBooks?

eBooks are often called digital books or electronic books. They are book-length publications in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on computers or other electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones or dedicated eBook readers (eReaders).

OverDrive® eBook Service is a free service available to registered members of Middlesbrough Libraries who hold a valid Library Card and PIN Number. Users can browse a selection of fiction and non-fiction books and download them to a computer or compatible device from the comfort of their own home. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the loan period, so there are no overdue charges.

Compatible devices

To check that your device is compatible with the Overdrive® eBooks Service and to download the necessary software, please visit the OverDrive website.

Three steps to downloading your eBook

Step 1: browse
  • Using your device, visit the Middlesbrough Libraries eBook website.
  • Sign in to the website using your Middlesbrough Library card and PIN number.
  • Once logged in, you can search the OverDrive website by subject, title, author or format.
Step 2: check out
  • Add selections to "Your Basket". If a chosen title is unavailable, you can reserve it. When the title is returned, you'll automatically get an email to notify you that you can download the title.
  • To download your chosen titles, click on link marked "Proceed to Checkout".
Step 3: download
  • Select the "Download" button next to the title of the book you wish to download. The software will automatically launch.
  • Once downloaded, you can begin to enjoy your chosen title immediately.

 

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