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eBooks @ the Dalhousie University Libraries

Using Libby by OverDrive

Dalhousie students, faculty and staff can borrow a limited number of ebooks from OverDrive.
To use this platform, determine which category describes you best:

  • You already borrow ebooks from your public library
  • You want to download and setup the free app (to read offline)
  • You want to use your computer (without downloading an app)

To borrow materials you will need to login with your Dalhousie NetID and password. Your NetID and password are the same as those you use to sign into your email and all off-campus library services. If you have forgotten your password, click here to reset it.

Adding Dalhousie to your existing app

If you already use the OverDrive app or Libby app to access materials from the public library, you can add Dalhousie Library to your app.

  1. Tap on the menu in the upper corner
  2. Select “Add a Library”
  3. Search for “Dalhousie”
  4. Select “Dalhousie University Killam Library”
  5. Click on “Enter Library Account Details”
  6. Click on “Allow Libby to use overdrive.com to sign in”
  7. When you see the Off-Campus Login page, enter your NetID and password.
    This signs you in and attaches a “library card” to your Dalhousie account.
  8. Click on “Next,” to borrow materials.

Borrowing

  • To borrow a book, click on its cover, then BORROW.
  • Select a loan period (options are 7, 14 or 21 days), then click on BORROW.
  • Next you Download the EPUB ebook
  • Borrowed titles appear on your Bookshelf
  • Books borrowed this way can be read when you're offline.

Setting up Libby for the first time

The free Libby app is the easiest way to read OverDrive ebooks.

Step A: Install the Libby app from your device's app store.

iOS | Android | Windows

Step B: Launch Libby and follow the prompts to set up your account.

  1. Select “Yes” when asked if you have a library card.
  2. Select “I’ll search for a library”
  3. Search for “Dalhousie”
  4. Select “Dalhousie University Killam Library”
  5. Click on “Enter Library Account Details”
  6. Click on “Allow Libby to use overdrive.com to sign in”
  7. When you see the Off-Campus Login page, enter your NetID and password.
    This signs you in and attaches a “library card” to your Dalhousie account.
  8. Click on “Next,” to borrow materials.

Borrowing

  • To borrow a book, click on its cover, then Borrow.
  • Select a loan period (options are 7, 14 or 21 days), then click on Borrow.
  • Borrowed titles appear under Shelf > Loans
  • Books borrowed this way can be read when you're offline.

Click here, for more detailed help information.

Using your computer browser to access OverDrive

If you do not want to use the Libby app, you can read OverDrive materials in your web browser.

Borrowing

  • To borrow a book, click on its cover.
  • Then click on "BORROW"
  • If the Dalhousie off-campus login page appears, login using your NetID and password.
  • This will bring you back to the Overdrive main page, where you can "Read now in browser"
  • Books borrowed this way can be read only when you're connected to WiFi.

Click here, for more detailed help information.