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What is Overdrive?

With Overdrive you can borrow e-books and audiobooks and read them via your browser or the Libby app.


How do I find content?

Where available, links to Overdrive e-books and/or audiobooks will appear on your reading list. All Overdrive e-books and most audiobooks are also discoverable via Library Search.

You can also see our full e-book and audiobook collection here:


How do I use Overdrive?

To search for books and borrow items you need to sign in to Overdrive using your University email address and password. 

You can:

  • Check out up to 3 titles at a time
  • Borrow e-books for up to 7 days 
  • Borrow audiobooks for up to 14 days
  • Place up to 3 holds on titles that are currently checked out

Click on your account or the bookshelf icon to view your loans, holds, and borrowing history.

Alternatively, you can do this in the Libby app. 

How do I use the Libby app?

1. Download the Libby app from Google Play or the AppStore.

2. Set up your library by opening the Libby app and following the steps:

Do you have a library card? Click on Yes
Click on Search For A Library
Type Exeter and find University of Exeter in the list.
Sign in with your email address and password, as you would for your email account.
You are now ready to borrow! 

 3. Browse or search for books and audiobooks:

  • From the homepage you can see newly added titles, audiobooks, and special curated lists relating to different topics, which will change throughout the year. You can also run a search across the collection.

  • Borrowed titles appear on your Shelf  and download to the app automatically.

4. Read your books:

  • On your Shelf , tap loans at the top of the screen. From there, you can:

    • Open In Libby to start reading or listening in the app.

    • Manage Loan to see options like Renew and Return.


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