Borrowing digital books from the catalogue

Did you know? You can borrow digital books right from the Catalogue! 

You can borrow and download digital books from the ORL eBooks collection right from the ORL Catalogue. That’s right! Browse for your print and digital reading materials from one place!


Getting Started

If you are already used to borrowing from the ORL eBooks collection, then you are ready to start borrowing and downloading from the Catalogue!

Jump down to Finding digital books in the Catalogue.


Are you new to borrowing digital books? Here is what you need to get started:

1. A library card in good standing. E.g., It is not expired, under $20.00 in fees.

2. An app or program to which to download the digital title:
Are you downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks to a tablet or smartphone?
You will need either the Libby App (learn more at Free from your app store.

Are you downloading eAudiobooks to a computer to transfer to an iPod or MP3 Player?
You will need the OverDrive desktop app for Windows computers or Mac computers (macOS 10.6-Snow Leopard through 10.14-Mojave only). Get it free from the following link,

Are you downloading eBooks to a computer to transfer to an eReader?
You will need Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). Get it from the following link,

It is recommended that you install these apps before you try to download digital books from the catalogue or the ORL eBooks website.

3. If you are downloading eBooks to enjoy on an eReader, you will also need an OverDrive Account, which is used to authorize Adobe Digital Editions so that you can open borrowed eBooks on your computer and transfer them to your eReader.

  • You should authorize Adobe Digital Editions prior to checking out and downloading eBooks.
  • If you want to read eBooks on multiple devices (up to six). You must authorize them with the same OverDrive Account.  

3.1 Creating an OverDrive Account

Go to to create an OverDrive account.

Click on Sign up. Go to Enter your details and enter your name, email address, and create a password.

Click Sign Up. Verify the OverDrive Account from your email.


3.2 Authorizing Adobe Digital Editions (if you are using an eReader)

In ADE, click Help, then Authorize Computer.

Open the eBook vendor menu, and select OverDrive.

For Vendor Login ID: enter the email used for your OverDrive account. For the Vendor Password: enter password used for your OverDrive account. Click on Authorize  

Your computer and eReader must be authorized using the same ID. Connect your eReader to the computer. In ADE, find your eReader under Devices, click on the gear icon, select Authorize Device. 

Learn about other ways to authorize ADE from OverDrive Help


Okay, you are ready to go!

Finding digital books in the ORL Catalogue

Here are two ways to find digital books in the Catalogue.

Go to the Catalogue: 

Add the following terms to any search your are making quickly retrieve a list of digital books:


downloadable audiobooks,

Or, after completing any search, use the filters on the left side of the screen to narrow down options. Under the Format label, check the boxes for eBook or Downloadable Audiobook.

If your computer screen is smaller or you are on a smartphone or tablet, you may see a red button labelled Filter results with a funnel icon, select it to see options to narrow down your lists of search results.


Checking out your digital book from the Catalogue

Books labelled “Available” can be borrowed right away, click on the Checkout Now button to borrow it.

A window will open to show you its available formats. Click Checkout Now button to complete the checkout.

You can download it now or download it from your account in the Catalogue later.

Are you using the Libby App? After checking out the book, the digital book will appear on the app's Shelf without any need to download the book from the Catalogue. 

Want to enjoy your book on your browser over an internet connection? If the books is available in the OverDrive Read or Listen formats. Select Read in Browser or Listen in browser next to your book.


Downloading your book

You can download the book right away or at any time from your Check Out page.

Click the Download button next to the book. Select the format you want to download and select Checkout Now.

The Download button will change to a Download [format] button, e.g., Download Adobe EPUB, select this option to download the file, then click to open it.

Your eBook will open in Adobe Digital Editions if you are on a computer.

Your eAudiobook will open in the OverDrive desktop program if you are on a computer.

The app or program should already be installed. You may be prompted to select the app or program to which to download the eBook or eAudiob

A note about formats

  • Adobe PDFs or Open PDFs can be read on eReaders and computers only.
  • Adobe EPUB or Open EPUB formats can be read on eReaders, computers, and tablets/smartphones
  • MP3 formats can be listened to on MP3 players/iPods, Windows computers, Mac computers (running Snow Leopard through Mojave) and tablets/smartphones

Open EPUB or Open PDF formatted eBooks cannot be returned early.


Placing digital books on hold

Is the digital book you want labelled with “All copies in use”?  Select Request this Download to place a hold on the book.

If needed, enter your email address in the form, and select Place Hold.

A Hold requested message will appear. You will be notified by email when your book becomes available. You will have 3 days from the time the notification is sent to go to your account and borrow the book.


Renewing your digital book

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

It cannot be renewed on the Checked Out page of your account on the Catalogue.

Renewals can completed from the Loans page of the ORL eBooks website,, or from the Shelf section of the Libby App.  

The renewal option will become available 3 days before the book is due.


Returning digital books early

While digital books will automatically be returned at the end of their loan period, you are welcome to return them early!

From your Checked out page in the Catalogue, click or tap the Return link found beneath the Download button for your digital book.

In the confirmation window, select Return again.  A message will appear at the bottom of the screen to tell you that your books has been successfully returned. 



Need any further help?

Visit and click on Getting Started to find more detailed instructions for borrowing, listening to, and returning eAudiobooks.

Or, get in touch with the ORL...

Call us at 1-844-649-8127.

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 

Note: 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. You can pay fees online. To renew an expired card, call your library branch