Downloadable Books – The Next Generation

Have you checked out audio or eBooks from the Library’s Overdrive collection? If you have, you know how difficult the process can be.  Don’t despair – the next generation of Overdrive is here!  The new interface became available on March 14, 2013. Overdrive has made it faster and easier for you to connect to the books you want to read.

You can connect to the Overdrive console via the library’s website at  Once there, select the “Books and Media” tab at the top of the page.  A drop-down menu will appear.  Choose “Overdrive e-content” from that list.  You will be re-directed to the Overdrive Media Console.  From the homepage, there are several ways to find titles to enjoy.

  1. Select a cover image from any of the lists.
  2. Click a link from the menu.
  3. Enter a search for something you want.

You can quickly tell which titles are available and which ones you can place on hold by the format icon in the top-right corner of a cover image. If a title isn’t available, the icon will be greyed out.

The Menu bar is available from any page—just click the icon to expand or collapse it.

You can drill down search results by subject, rating, language, and more.

Borrowing and reading titles is much easier. It takes only a few seconds to find a title and start reading. Accessing any borrowed title from your Bookshelf only requires a few clicks or taps.

  1. eBooks – Click Borrow then Go to Bookshelf (you may be prompted to sign in) to read the title in your browser or download. If you want additional borrowing options, select a different format from the Bookshelf on your Account page.
  2. Audiobooks – Select the title you want, click (or tap) Borrow, then download it from your Bookshelf.

From your Account page, you can view your Holds, Lists (Wish List, Rated titles, and Recommendations for you), and change your lending period(s) from the Settings page.

Click the ribbon below a title to add or remove it from your Wish List.


OverDrive Read is a new in-browser eBook reader. It works just like any eBook reading app, except you don’t need to activate or install extra software.

All you need is a computer, tablet, or mobile device with a modern web browser. If you’d like to learn more about compatibility, please check out the OverDrive Read website.

Once you’ve borrowed a title, click the Read button next to a supported eBook on your bookshelf to open it in a new tab or window.


The titles that we currently offer are available to you via the library’s membership in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. These titles are shared by residents of all 35 area libraries.  This can make waiting for a new title particularly frustrating, as copies can be checked out for up to 3 weeks. Next week, we will begin our subscription to OverDrive Advantage. This feature gives libraries that are members of a shared collection the ability to offer popular titles — exclusively for their patrons. The Advantage collection is integrated with the same single download website that you already use. Our subscription to OverDrive Advantage will result in:

  1. Reduced waiting lists
  2. A Custom collection – tailored to the tastes of Dracut residents
  3. Access to both the shared MVLC collection, and the Advantage collection

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