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 ordinary 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
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.
It depends on the type of e-reader:
Kindle ereaders – Amazon use their own format for ebooks, so their ereaders are not compatible with libraries such as ours.
Kindle Fire tablets – use the Overdrive app from the app store
Kobo – on modern Kobo ereaders you can borrow our ebooks directly on your device. Follow Overdrive’s instructions here.
Older Kobos and other E-Readers – Follow the instructions for PCs above, then transfer the books onto your device by dragging & dropping from Adobe Digital Editions.
Who can borrow?
Any York Libraries member. Please use your ordinary library card number and PIN (there no need to join the library again specifically for ebooks).
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. However uring the coronavirus lockdown you can complete this step just by emailing us. Do get in touch if you have any problems.