E-books

We have thousands of e-books on our Overdrive website which disappear after their loan period so you can’t get fines!  See below for e-book information, or see our other webpages about e-audiobooks and e-magazines.


How do I borrow the books?

On a tablet or mobile

With an Apple, Android or Windows phone or tablet, you can download the books straight to your device by installing the free ‘Libby’ app from your app store.  When you use the app for the first time it’ll take you through a process to pick York Libraries from an international list.  Then you’ll be ready to start downloading books to read in the app. You’ll need your library card number and PIN.

Alternatively you could use the ‘Overdrive’ app from your app store.  The ‘Overdrive’ app and the ‘Libby’ app both do the same job and have all the same books, it’s just personal preference which one you prefer to use.  Libby is more modern, but customers who’ve been using the e-library for a long time may prefer to stick to ‘Overdrive’ which has been around for longer.

On your PC or laptop

Got to the Overdrive website and log in with your library card number and PIN.

The simplest ebooks to use are the ‘Overdrive Read’ format which appear in your internet browser without any software downloads required.  Unlike other formats, these books can be used on the public PCs in our libraries, as well as at home.

For the EPUB format books, you’ll need to download some free software, Adobe Digital Editions, before you start downloading.  This software is available in the ‘help’ section of the Overdrive website.

On E-Readers

Follow the instructions for PCs above, then transfer the books onto your device by dragging & dropping from Adobe Digital Editions.  However, unfortunately, our ebooks are not compatible with Kindles (other than the Kindle Fire, which is essentially an Android tablet, so you’d follow the tablet instructions above).

Who can borrow?

Any York Libraries member. However, people who have recently joined using the online joining form will need to come in and upgrade to a full library card before they get access. Do get in touch if you have any problems.

See the Overdrive help website, which has lots of helpful tips.  If you get stuck you can contact any library for help.