OverDrive FAQ

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What’s the easiest way to get started?
Download the OverDrive Media Console app on your device. Full instructions can be found here. 

How many ebooks can I check out at once?

Can I put ebooks on hold?
Yes. You will be notified via email when you can download the ebook.

How long is the checkout period?
14 days is the default. You can switch this to 7 days in your account settings. Ebooks return automatically. There are never late fees.

Can I renew my books?
Yes, as long as no one has the book on hold. A renew icon will appear with the item 3 days before it is set to expire. If no one has a hold on the item, you can click the icon to renew it.

Can I use the AxisReader app I already have?
No. These are separate collections and require different technology.

Do OverDrive ebooks count against my 5 eRead Illinois checkouts?

What formats of books are available?
- Adobe EPUB
- Kindle
- OverDrive Read

Ready to read an e-book? Browse the OverDrive catalog

General ebook FAQs

Does it cost anything to download an ebook?
No, ebooks from LVDL are free to download. 

Will I be able to read an e-book on my device?
Probably. Desktops, laptops, smart phones, tablets, Kindles, and Nooks can all handle e-books. If you’re not sure if your device is compatible, ask us. 

What’s OverDrive and what’s eRead Illinois?
We have 2 separate collections of ebooks. 

- Our OverDrive collection contains books we have purchased exclusively for Lake Villa District Library cardholders.  
- eRead Illinois is an additional collection that is funded by the Illinois State Library. These ebooks are available to patrons of many libraries throughout Illinois.  

Each collection requires different technology, so it’s important to know which collection you’re using.  

What’s an Adobe ID?
An Adobe ID is a free account that allows you to read e-books in the EPUB format. To create an Adobe ID you’ll need an email address. An Adobe ID is an anti-piracy measure.  

Ready to read an e-book? Browse the OverDrive catalog