Borrow an eBook & Audiobook

People who have a Saugerties Public Library card can now check out ebooks & audiobooks through the Mid-Hudson Library System’s OverDrive collection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Log in with your library account to see additional titles!

Check out these helpful resources to get you going quickly:

  • MHLS OverDrive Tutorials: Our Library System’s tutorials about getting started with OverDrive searches, logging in to your account, and using the OverDrive Help page.
  • OverDrive Help: Comprehensive help with all types of issues and questions.
  • My Help!: A quick and easy start guide.
  • Device Resource Center: Check which devices can use OverDrive and which formats the devices can use.

**New App: Libby!

Libby is a more streamlined version of OverDrive. It doesn’t have quite as many capabilities yet, but it is much easier to use for simple ebook and audiobook downloads. Click the image below for directions.


Click the name of your device to find instructions to download eBooks through OverDrive. If you have any questions, please call the library. Frequently Asked Questions can be found at the bottom of the page.

Frequently Asked Questions:Click a question from the list below to read the answer

Can I download an item to multiple devices?


Where do I get ebooks and audiobooks?

  • eBooks and audiobooks are checked out on the OverDrive website here.

What do I need to check out ebooks and audiobooks?

How do I search for ebooks and audiobooks on OverDrive?

  • We know it can be frustrating if you cannot find or check out a title you want. Here are some tips:
    • ALWAYS check the availability of an item. eBooks and audiobooks are checked out just like regular books and become unavailable. Bestsellers are the first to go. If an item is on your must-read list, opt to “join the waiting list” (“Place a Hold”) and you will be notified when the item is available.
    • An advanced search is often more convenient. Remember to choose the format(s) your device supports from the format drop-down box and consider clicking the “Only show titles with copies available” box. The easiest way to narrow your search is to enter an author’s name, keyword, or to select a subject.
    • Don’t give up! Try an advanced subject search for mystery, historical fiction, cooking & food, or other things you are interested in. Try reading something by an author you have not read yet. Check out this list of similar authors that we have online and at the Information Desk in the library. You can also browse the collection of classics ebooks that are always available.

OverDrive Media Console says I need a security upgrade. What do I do?

  • Go to the upgrade website in the Internet Explorer browser on your computer.Click the “Upgrade” button. The browser should upgrade the security components. When it is done, the browser will display an “Upgrade Complete” sign. This process may not work if firewalls or security settings in your browser are enabled, so if you are having problems, try disabling your firewall or security settings.

Which ereaders can display library ebooks and audiobooks?

  • Click here for the full list of compatible devices
  • Windows desktop and laptop computers
  • Mac desktop and laptop computers
  • Android
  • BlackBerry
  • iPhone / iPad / iPod touch
  • Windows Phone 7
  • Sony Reader
  • NOOK
  • Kobo eReader
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Pandigital Novel

Do I need a computer to download and transfer ebooks and audiobooks to ereaders?

  • If you are using an ereader that does not use apps, a computer is required to download and transfer the files.
  • If you are using a smartphone or tablet, you can download apps which allow you to download and read or listen to items without a computer.

What is the difference between PDFs and EPUBs?

  • PDFs are formatted like traditional books; the text is divided into pages with set dimensions. EPUBs do not have traditional pages. The text of EPUBs fills to fit the screen.

What is the difference between MP3s and WMAs?

  • WMAs and MP3s are both kinds of audiobook files. WMAs are smaller files that maintain the same quality as MP3 files. MP3s are much more widely compatible with different kinds of devices. WMA files are more often protected by Digital Rights and therefore cannot be transferred or shared as easily. MP3s can be returned early, while WMAs cannot due to licensing agreements.

Do I need a computer to check out ebooks and audiobooks?

  • If you have a device that can access the Internet, you just need to go to the OverDrive page to check out items.

What is Adobe Digital Editions and where can I download it?

  • Adobe Digital Editions is the free software OverDrive uses to let you read ebooks you have checked out from the library on your computer. Adobe Digital Editions is also used to transfer the ebooks you have checked out to your ereader. You can download Adobe Digital Editions for free here.

What is OverDrive Media Console and where can I download it?

  • OverDrive Media Console is the free software that OverDrive uses to let you listen to audiobooks you have checked out from the library on your computer. OverDrive Media Console is also used to transfer the audiobooks you have checked out to your MP3 player or mobile device. There is an Overdrive Media Console App, which can be installed for free from the App store or market on most mobile devices. You can download OverDrive Media Console for free here.

For how long can I check out ebooks and audiobooks?

  • Items can be checked out for 7 days, 14 days, or 21 days. When you check out an item, it will ask you how long you want to check it out for.

How many ebooks and audiobooks can I check out?

  • You can check out up to 10 items at one time.

Can I renew ebooks and audiobooks?

  • No, but if there is no one on the waiting list, you can check out the items again as soon as they are returned.

How do I return ebooks and audiobooks?

  • eBooks and audiobooks return automatically after the 7, 14, or 21 day period. eBooks and audiobooks can be returned early. There are three ways to return them, depending on the format. Please see below for specific instructions. When an ebook or audiobook is returned, the file changes so that it cannot be read, but it still must be deleted manually off of your computer and your ereader after it has expired.

Can I return ebooks or audiobooks early?

  • Yes! Just deleting the file will not return it. There are three ways to return books and the one you choose depends on the format of the book.
  • EPUB and PDF ebooks: The Adobe Digital Editions interface allows users to return ebooks early. To do this, in the library view, click on the small gray arrow to the left of the title. A drop-down box will appear. Select “Return Borrowed Item” and confirm by clicking “Return”.
  • Kindle Books: Kindle users can return ebooks early by clicking the “Actions…” button next to the item you wish to return in your “Manage Your Kindle” list. Then select “Return this book” and confirm. You can also “Delete book from library” in the same way.
  • WMAs/MP3 audiobooks:In OverDrive Media Console, once any part of an audiobook has been downloaded, highlight the title you wish to return and click the “Delete” button on the top toolbar. Click the “Return/Delete” button in the next window. Patrons can return audiobooks early using the OverDrive Media Console app v2.4 for Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone. Open the Library in the OverDrive app. Swipe right on the item you wish to return and a Red Delete button appears. Click the button and the program will ask if you want to “Delete” or “Return and Delete,” the difference being “Delete” removes the checked out item from the device, while “Return and Delete” removes the checked out item from the device and also Returns the item in Overdrive.

How do I know if an ebook or audiobook is available for me to check out?

  • Look at the picture of the item’s cover. On the top right corner, there should be a silhouette of either an open book (eBook format) or headphones (audiobook). If the silhouette is greyed out, it is checked out; if it is significantly darker than the rest of the corner, it is available for check-out.
  • Every record for ebooks and audiobooks in OverDrive has availability information right above the Format Information on the right side of the record. You can also see the number of available copies on search results pages next to the item immediately below the description.
  • Alternatively, if you have joined the waiting list for an item, you will get an email notification when it becomes available for you. You will have 72 hours to check out the item before it moves on to the next patron.

Why are ebooks and audiobooks not always available from the library?

  • Publishers put restrictions on ebooks and audiobooks that do not allow library users to check out the same copy at the same time. The library system attempts to purchase access to more than one copy of items in high demand so that library users do not have to wait as long for them.

Can I put ebooks and audiobooks on hold?

  • Yes, items can be put on hold. To do this, from the OverDrive search results page or item record, click “Place a Hold,” sign in with your library card barcode and PIN, then enter your email address. You will be notified by email when the item is available for you to check out. You may place up to 10 holds at a time.

Where can I see which ebooks and audiobooks I have checked out now?

  • Your currently checked out items can be found on the “My Checked Out Items” page under “My Account” on the OverDrive page.

Is there a record of the digital books that I have taken out?

  • There is no option yet to “opt in” to your reading history like we have in the MHLS Catalog. If you rate a title, it will be kept in a list for you which you can access from the “My Account” page after signing in with your library card barcode and PIN. As far as the library is concerned, you are the only one with access to these records unless you give your information to someone else.
  • Alternative answer: Yes, a record may be kept by companies. If you transfer an OverDrive book to any device, a company associated with that device may track, save, and distribute your library digital borrowing history. This has been noted with Kindles especially. These third party companies that track your library lending history violate a fundamental concept of library lending in the United States–the idea of intellectual freedom–which basically states that anyone should be allowed to read anything they want without consequences. Companies use your information to send you targeted advertising based on your library borrowing history, which the library does not endorse. The data may also be provided to other third party companies or law enforcement agencies without your consent. The library creates records of your history expressly for your personal use. There is also a copy kept for library records which we will secure as much as we are able from third parties. Keep this in mind when you consider borrowing digital books from the library.

Can I download an item to multiple devices?

  • Yes! Overdrive does let you borrow to multiple devices if authenticated with the same credentials. This “authorizing” system is done outside the library account either through an Adobe ID or OverDrive Account. Please note that if there are any titles currently downloaded to the App, de- and re-authorizing the App can lock out a title. It is recommended to only do this when no titles are checked or there is an issue preventing the user from downloading the title.

How do I authorize my version of Adobe Digital Editions or OverDrive Media Console?

  • Authorize Adobe Digital Editions and/or OverDrive Media Console by getting an Adobe ID from here and then entering the ID and password in the “authorize” page of the Adobe Digital Editions software and the OverDrive Media Console app. This authorization process prevents library users from being able to download books from any computer but their own; however, library staff can assist with the checkout process if you have any questions. For Kindle users, you will need an Amazon account to send books to your computers/devices instead of this authorized software and you will also need to register your Kindle device with your Amazon account.

What is an Adobe ID and where can I get one?

  • An Adobe ID is a username (usually your email address) and password that you create when you sign up for a free Adobe account. It is used to authorize your computer and ereader so only your devices can access the books you check out and download. If your software asks you to authorize it with an Adobe ID you can register for a free Adobe ID here by clicking on “Create an Adobe Account.”

Please review account privacy policies before agreeing to them. Here is a list of some relevant ones for OverDrive lending:

Where else can I get free ebooks and audiobooks?

This information has been created by a librarian at Saugerties Public Library for instructional purposes. It applies to MHLS card holders using OverDrive. The library is not responsible for the use or maintenance of OverDrive. The library does not guarantee that every device will be able to use OverDrive services. The Saugerties Public Library does not endorse any book retailer or ereader vendor. Last updated 6/17.

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