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Library to Go FAQs

What devices can eBooks be downloaded to using Library to Go?

See the OverDrive Devices page for profiles of compatible devices.

Which eBook formats are best for what devices?

Adobe EPUB eBook, Adobe PDF eBook and other formats are explained on OverDrive’s main Help page. The additional software required to read these formats is also explained there, with download links. In general, Adobe EPUB format is used across the largest range of different eBook reader devices and is becoming the most prominent format.

How do I get an eBook onto my device?

For complete instructions, refer to GVPL Library To Go’s Digital Help page.  As detailed in this guide, you will need to download, install and activate free software, and then you will be able to check out, download and read.

Can I download an eBook to a Kobo I have borrowed from the library?

We hope you will consider this! You can visit our GVPL Library To Go catalogue to review eBook titles for download and transfer. HOWEVER, if you download any titles from our Overdrive catalogue, the current tiles purchased and provided by the Library will be erased during that process, in which case you will not have access to them. In order to transfer downloaded eBooks to your Kobo, you require:

What are the borrowing policies such as how many books can I have at once, and how long can I keep them?

For complete information about GVPL Library To Go borrowing policies, see Library To Go – Help – Library Lending Policies .

It looks like there are long waits for most of the eBooks and audiobooks. Why?

Just like with traditional books, the library purchases each copy (or in the case of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, licenses the rights to each copy), so that the writers and publishers are fairly compensated for their work. We maintain a commitment to purchasing more copies of popular items and will add extra copies for titles with long waits.

In the meantime, consider browsing what is currently available.

  • On the main GVPL Library to Go page, look for the Basic Search box
  • Click on the “Expanded Search” option
  • Leave all search criteria blank except for Format
  • Using the Format drop down menu, choose the best format for your device: Adobe EPUB eBook, Adobe PDF eBook (most devices use Adobe EPUB eBook)
  • Select “only show titles with copies available”
  • Click the “Go” button to start the search
  • All the titles returned will be available to you right now

What devices can eAudiobooks be downloaded to using Library to Go?

OverDrive MP3 eAudiobooks are generally compatible with your personal computer and many portable devices including iPad, iPhone, iPod, and selected MP3 players produced by Motorola, Zen, Sansa and many others. For a list of supported devices, click here.

How do I get an eAudiobook onto my device?

For complete instructions, refer to GVPL Library To Go’s Digital Help page.  As detailed in this guide, you will need to download and install free software, and then you will be able to check out, download and listen.

 

 

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