Reading eBooks on eReaders

Here is what you need to get started with enjoying eBooks from the ORL eBooks Collection

1. Do you have access to a personal computer and are comfortable using computers?
You will have to download software to your computer to allow you to borrow eBooks from the ORL.

2. Do you have a compatible eReader that will let you borrow eBooks from the library?
You can check what eReaders are compatible at

3. Do you have an ORL card and Password?
You will need both to borrow digital books. If you do not know your password, please visit your closest library branch. You can request your PIN/Password online if your email address is associated with your library account. 


Download Adobe Digital Editions

For most eReaders, you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on to your computer.

This free program is available for download at

ADE manages the eBooks you have borrowed from the ORL and lets you transfer the book to the eReader. 

Once you’ve installed ADE, it will prompt you to authorize your computer with an Adobe ID. Click on Create an Adobe ID to sign up online. You will be taken to Adobe’s website to complete your account creation. 

Go back to ADE, find the option to create the Adobe ID under the Help button in ADE, click Authorize Computer. A pop-up box will appear where you can enter an Adobe ID. Fill in your Adobe ID credentials and click on Authorize. 

Your computer and eReader must be authorized using the same Adobe ID in order to transfer the eBook to the eReader. 

You can learn more about the software requirements for your eReader from OverDrive Help


Finding eBooks in ORL eBooks collection

Visit the ORL eBooks collection

Log in to your account using your ORL barcode number and password, this will allow you to check-out books in a few steps.

Browse the eBooks collections or search for books.

Hover your cursor over the cover image when you find your eBook. Click on More to see book details such as its format(s) and summary.

Click on Place a Hold to be put on a waiting list for eBooks out on loan. You can also opt to automatically borrow the book when it becomes available.

Click on Borrow to check-out the book, you will be brought to the Bookshelf page of your account. If desired, change the lending period (7, 14, or 21 days) before clicking on Borrow.


Downloading your eBook and transferring it to an eReader

From your Checkouts page, click the Download button next to the book, and choose the eBook format you wish to download for your eReader. Click Confirm & download.

Select Open from the pop-up box.

If another pop-up box appears, Allow the site to open web content using ADE. 

Connect a compatible eReader to your computer. 

Look for your eReader under the Devices heading in ADE. Make sure that you are in Library View, you may need to click the Library button in ADE to view this screen.

Click and drag the book to the eReader listed in ADE. 

Safely eject your eReader before unplugging it from the computer.

(Please be sure to read the instructions for your eReader for the transfer procedure that may be specific to your device.)


Renewing your eBook

You may renew your eBook, if there are no requests on the title.

The renewal option will become available next to the cover image of the borrowed title on the Checkouts page of your account on the ORL eBooks website 3 days before the title is due.

Renewing a title is just like putting yourself first in line to check out the title again.

If the Renewal icon is green, click on it open the renewal form. Confirm your email address and click the Renew button. You will get an email when the title becomes available for check-out at the end of its initial loan period, after which you can check-out the title again from the Holds page in your account and download it again.

If the Renewal icon is grey, this means there are requests on the title. You can still complete the renewal form, but you will be added to the wait list for the title and notified when it becomes available for you to borrow again.


Returning eBooks early

From Adobe Digital Editions, right click on the image of the eBook.

Select Return Borrowed Item and then click on Return to confirm.

Exception: Open EPUB and Open PDF formatted eBooks cannot be returned early through ADE.



Need Further Help?

There are many ways to get in touch with the ORL...

Visit your nearest library branch.

Call the toll-free eBook Help Line: 1-855-853-2665.   

Email, in your email, please include:

  • any error message you’ve received
  • your ORL library card number
  • the title(s) of the book(s) you are attempting to download
  • the type of media player or eReading device you are using
  • your computer’s operating system
  • indicate you are using the ORL eBooks collection 


Please note that if your ORL card has expired or you have outstanding late fees of $20.00 or more, you'll be unable to borrow from this collection. Please visit your library branch to re-activate your card.