Featured Digital Service: OverDrive

OverDrive and Libby graphicOverDrive hosts the Kansas City Public Library’s largest and most diverse collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks with tens of thousands of items available for checkout.   

And using OverDrive will feel familiar for most Library users.  

Browse the collection or search for a book. If it is available, click “borrow.”  You will be given an option to send the book to a kindle device, read it in your web browser, or download the book in an EPUB format that can be used with other book reader apps. If all copies are in use, click “place a hold” and Overdrive will ask for your email address so you can be notified when the book is available.  

Follow the same process for digital audiobooks, but you will be given an option to listen in your browser or download an MP3 that can be used with a different player.    

The Libby app – available through Google Play, the Apple App Store, or in your web browser – makes the process even easier. It links to your Library account and allows you to search and checkout books and read or listen right in the app.   

In order to meet increased demand for eBooks and digital audiobooks during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library has been purchasing additional copies of many popular titles. We have also added 4,200 eBook editions of classic literary works to the collection.   

If you have difficulty using OverDrive, help is available through Overdrive or by calling the Library at 816.701.3400.  

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►  Library card required
► Need to create user account
► Certain items instantly available; popular items may require holds
► Can check out 20 items at a time

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