OverDrive

OverDrive is a popular site for e-books and e-audiobooks. Titles can be borrowed for 14 days.

How to sign in


McGill students, faculty and staff sign in to OverDrive using a McGill Username and password.

For students:
firstname.lastname [at] mail.mcgill.ca
For staff:
firstname.lastname [at] mcgill.ca

Note: your username may have numbers in it, an initial or your middle name, in order to make it unique.

Your McGill password is what you use to sign into McGill email, myCourses, Minerva, and many other McGill services. If you have forgotten it, you can go to Minerva and reset it using your McGill ID number and PIN.


 

 

McGill alumni and others with a McGill Library Borrowing Card, sign using a Library Borrowing Card barcode and PIN.

Are you alumni but not sure how to obtain a McGill borrowing card? Visit McGill Library Borrowing Card for alumni.

Example of a library borrowing card, showing the barcode number on the back.The barcode is located on the back of your library borrowing card. The code you will enter into OverDrive is the series of numbers and letters located underneath the barcode stripes.

Your PIN number is the PIN that you chose when you applied for the borrowing card. If you have forgotten it, you will need to Ask a librarian about how to change it.





 

 


Signing in to OverDrive using...

 


On a computer:

The process for signing into Overdrive using a computer is similar for all operating systems and the browser programs.  First, access the McGill Library Overdrive home page.

 

Sign in with a McGill Username:

Screenshot of the McGill OverDrive home page, with an arrow pointing to the top right corner, showing the "Sign In' link

Click on the sign-in link on the top right.

 

Screenshot of the McGill login screen on OverDrive, pointing out the "select library" box at the bottom of the screen.

Click on the arrow to view the drop-down menu

 

Screenshot of the McGill login screen on OverDrive, pointing out the "McGill Username option, which is the first option when the "select library" drop-down box is clicked open, at the bottom of the screen

Now you can choose the "McGill Username" option.

 

Screenshot of the McGill username screen on OverDrive, which is located after you pick "McGill Username" from the drop-down "Select Library" box. The image shows a link in the middle of the screen, that says "McGill Username users, please click here to sign into this system".

Now you have arrived at a screen that says "McGill Username users, please click here to sign into this system". This is a link, and you need to click on it to prompt the authentication of your username (via Shibboleth.)

 

Screenshot of the Univerisity Authentication Service login (Shibboleth)

You should see this page after you have clicked on the link from the previous step. Now, enter your McGill Username and password. Your username and password may appear automatically depending on your browser settings. Click "Log In".

 

Screenshot of the OverDrive home page once a user has logged in

If your sign-in has been successful, you will see this page, and the "Sign In" link on the top right will now say "Sign Out".


Sign in with a Library Borrowing Card:

Screenshot of the McGill login screen on OverDrive, pointing out the "Library Borrowing Card Barcode" option, which is the second option when the "select library" drop-down box is clicked open, at the bottom of the screen

Follow the same process as explained above, but choose "Library Borrowing Card Barcode" instead of "McGill Username" when you open the drop-down menu.

 

Screenshot showiing the Library Borrowing Card Barcode sign-in page.

Now you can sign in with your library barcode number and PIN.

 


On a mobile device with iOS (Apple):

First, go to the McGill Overdrive home page. You can either use your internet browser to navigate to the page, or the OverDrive App.  Both options follow the same process for sign-in to OverDrive.

If using your browser, you can find the OverDrive home page here.                                                      

If using the app, here are the steps to get to the McGill Overdrive home page:

 

Screenshot of the Overdrive app, with an arrow pointing to the top left corner, where an icon made up of three bars is located. Clicking this icon opens the main menu.
Screenshot of the Overdrive app on iphone, showing the open main menu, with an arrow pointing to the McGill University Library link.
Screenshot of the McGill OverDrive home page

 

Once you have opened the OverDrive app, select the icon near the top left corner. This will open the main menu.

Select "McGill University Library" in the My Libraries list.

If you need help adding the McGill Library to your app, please see the OverDrive iOS tip sheet on the Mobile Apps Guide.

This will bring you to the McGill Library OverDrive home page.

 

Once you are on the McGill Overdrive home page, you can sign in.

 

Sign in with a McGill Username:

Screenshot of the McGill OverDrive home page on an iphone, with an arrow pointing to the top right corner, showing the "Sign In' link

Click on the sign-in link on the top right.

Screenshot of the McGill Overdrive login screen on an iphone, pointing out the "select library" box at the bottom of the screen.

Click on the arrow to view the drop-down menu.

 

Screenshot of the McGill login screen on OverDrive on an iphone, pointing out the "McGill Username option, which is the first option when the "select library" drop-down box is clicked open, at the bottom of the screen

Now you can choose the "McGill Username" option and click "GO".

Screenshot of the McGill username screen on OverDrive, which is located after you pick "McGill Username" from the drop-down "Select Library" box. The image shows a link in the middle of the screen, that says "McGill Username users, please click here to sign into this system".

Now you have arrived at a screen that says "McGill Username users, please click here to sign in this system". This is a link, and you need to click on it to prompt the authentication of your username (via Shibboleth.)

 

Screenshot of the University Authentication Service login (Shibboleth) on iphone

You should see this page after you have clicked on the link from the previous step. Now, enter your McGill Username and password. Your username and password may appear automatically depending on your browser settings. Click "Log In".

Screenshot of the OverDrive home page on iphone once a user has logged in

If your sign-in has been successful, you will see this page, and the "Sign In" link on the top right will now say "Sign Out".

 


Sign in with a Library Borrowing Card:

Screenshot of the McGill login screen on OverDrive on a iphone, pointing out the "Library Borrowing Card Barcode” option, which is the second option when the "select library" drop-down box is clicked open, at the bottom of the screen

Follow the same process as explained above, but choose "Library Borrowing Card Barcode" instead of "McGill Username" when you open the drop-down menu.

Screenshot showiing the Library Borrowing Card Barcode sign-in page on iphone.

Now you can sign in with your library barcode number and PIN.

 


On a mobile device with Android:

First, go to the McGill Overdrive home page. You can either use your internet browser to navigate to the page, or the OverDrive App.  Both options follow the same process for sign-in to OverDrive.

If using your browser, you can find the OverDrive home page here.                                                      

If using the app, here are the steps to get to the McGill Overdrive home page:

 

Screenshot of the Overdrive app on an Android phone, with an arrow pointing to the top left corner, where an icon made up of three bars is located. Clicking this icon opens the main menu.

Screenshot of the Overdrive app on an Android phone, showing the open main menu, with an arrow pointing to the McGill University Library link.

Screenshot of the McGill OverDrive home page on a Android Phone

 

Once you have opened the OverDrive app, select the icon near the top left corner. This will open the main menu.

Select "McGill University Library" in the list of your libraries, at the top of the screen.

This will bring you to the McGill Library OverDrive home page.

 

Once you are on the McGill Overdrive home page, you can sign in.

 

Sign in with a McGill Username:

Screenshot of the McGill OverDrive home page on an Android phone, with an arrow pointing to the top right corner, showing the "Sign In' link

Click on the sign-in link on the top right.

Screenshot of the McGill login screen on OverDrive, on an Android phone, pointing out the "select library" box at the bottom of the screen.

Click on the arrow to view the drop-down menu.

 

Screenshot of the McGill login screen on OverDrive on an Android phone, pointing out the "McGill Username” option, which is the second option when the "select library" drop-down box is clicked open, at the bottom of the screen

Now you can choose the "McGill Username" option. Once you have done so, a button labelled "GO" will appear next to the arrow for the drop-down menu.  Click it to go to the next screen.

Screenshot of the McGill username screen on OverDrive on an Android Phone, which is located after you pick "McGill Username" from the drop-down "Select Library" box. The image shows a link in the middle of the screen, that says "McGill Username users, please click here to sign into this system".

Now you have arrived at a screen that says "McGill Username users, please click here to sign in this system". This is a link, and you need to click on it to prompt the authentication of your username (via Shibboleth.)

 

Screenshot of the University Authentication Service login (Shibboleth) on an Android phone

You should see this page after you have clicked on the link from the previous step. Now, enter your McGill Username and password. Your username and password may appear automatically depending on your browser settings. Click "Log In".

Screenshot of the OverDrive home page on an Android phone, once a user has logged in

If your sign-in has been successful, you will see this page, and the "Sign In" link on the top right will now say "Sign Out".

 


Sign in with a Library Borrowing Card:

Screenshot of the McGill login screen on OverDrive on an Android phone, pointing out the "Library Borrowing Card Barcode” option, which is the third option when the "select library" drop-down box is clicked open, at the bottom of the screen

Follow the same process as explained above, but choose "Library Borrowing Card Barcode" instead of "McGill Username" when you open the drop-down menu.

Screenshot on an Android phone showing the Library Borrowing Card Barcode sign-in page.

Now you can sign in with your library barcode number and PIN.

 

 


How to Find your OverDrive reading history

The history of books downloaded to an OverDrive app can be viewed within the app. At this time, the borrowing history of books viewed, read or borrowed through OverDrive's web interface is not available.

To see the history of the books you have downloaded to the OverDrive app, follow these steps:

  1. Sign into OverDrive using the steps above.
  2. From the Home menu on the left, select History. This menu may look slightly different depending on your app.


 

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