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Now you can download titles without leaving our online catalog!
Frequently Asked Questions
Now, when a downloadable item appears in search results, you'll see a Request this Download button. Click the button to check out and download (if the item is available) or place a hold (if it's not available).
Once you check out a digital item, the button will change to Download Now. Once you place a hold, the button will change to Cancel Hold.
It's easier to choose the correct format (Kindle or ePUB for Nook) and whether you want the eBook for 7 or 14 days.
You'll be able to see all of the digital items you have checked out or on hold, along with the physical books, CDs, and DVDs you have.
Why would I ever need to go to the OverDrive site again?
At this time, you can’t search by file format (Kindle vs. ePub, WMA vs. MP3) directly through the online catalog. If you want to limit searches to only a particular format, you still need to use the OverDrive search.
Kindle users do not need to download any additional software; this is not a change.
Can I download items at the library?
No, you must download your items to your personal computer. Borrowing eBooks and downloadables requires the installation of software that associates the loan with your computer or other device.
How do I check out an item or place a hold?
Search for a title, author, or subject.
When you find a title you want to borrow, click the Request this Download link.
If the title is available, select the media type you want. For example, an eBook may be available as in both Kindle and Adobe ePUB formats. Next, select the loan period and click Checkout. (For more information about formats, please see the Overdrive Help Center.)
If the title is not currently available, enter your email address, and then click Place a Hold.
Once you check out an item, you can download it immediately or later. Just click on the Download Now button.
How do I see what I have on hold?
Under MyBPL, click on Holds. You'll see all of your holds, for both physical and digital items. The number of digital holds you can still place is shown at the top of the page.
Once an item becomes available, a Ready for Checkout button appears so you can choose the format and loan duration and check it out. Once you've checked out an item, it moves to the Checked Out page, whether or not the file has been downloaded.
Can I cancel a hold on a digital item?
Yes! Holds on digital items can be cancelled the same way you cancel a hold on a book or DVD, as long as the item has not yet been checked out. However, you cannot suspend a hold on a digital title.
How will I be notified once my items are available to download?
You will still receive an email when a title is available to download, just as you have in the past.
Can downloaded items be returned like other items?
Many downloadable materials cannot be actively returned, but some may, depending on format and device. For more information, please see the OverDrive help center.
How do I see what I have checked out?
Like the Holds page, the Checked Out page now shows both physical and digital items. For downloadable items, the Download Now button appears whether or not the file has already been downloaded. The file type and size are also included in the display. The number of digital checkouts you can still place is shown at the top of the page.
Can I renew my ebooks or downloadable audio/video?
No, digital files cannot be renewed. However, once your item has been returned and you can no longer access it, you can check it out again or place it on hold if there are no copies available right now. The Renew button only allows you to renew physical books, CDs and DVDs.
Why does the catalog say that I "can't access digital resources with this account"?
If you have only just registered on the catalog and chosen a user name, check your email for the confirmation email. You need to confirm your email address by clicking the link in that message.
If you have already confirmed your address, make sure your account is in good standing. If you are unable to check out a physical book due to unresolved fines, you won't be able to download a digital book either.
If all else fails, email us so we can help troubleshoot the issue.