OverDrive

OverDrive is a popular site for e-books and e-audiobooks. Titles can be borrowed for 7, 14, or 21 days.

OverDrive will be retiring their classic OverDrive app at the end of 2022. Initially the app will be removed from Apple App Store, Google Play and Microsoft Store on February 23, 2022 but existing users will be able to continue using the app until the end of the year. Access to the McGill OverDrive website will continue without change.

With the new year, we invite you to make the change to the Libby app now and take advantage of its new interface. McGill Library OverDrive collections can already be borrowed and viewed using Libby.

*New* Instructions to log-in and borrow e-books and audio-books on Libby on iOS.

How to sign in


McGill students, faculty and staff sign in to OverDrive using a McGill Username and password. Alumni can also sign into OverDrive using a McGill username and password. If you do not yet have a McGill username or yours is no longer active, please register with the McGill Alumni Online Community.

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.


 

 

Due to a change in our services we can only offer OverDrive to McGill faculty, students, alumni, or others in our community with McGill a username. We apologize to any members impacted by this change. For Alumni who were signing in using their library card, please register for a McGill username here.


Signing in to OverDrive using...

 


On a computer:

The process for signing into Classic Overdrive using a computer is similar for all operating systems and the browser programs. 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 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".

 


On a mobile device with iOS (Apple):

Classic App

Both apps (OverDrive and Libby) and browser options follow the same process for sign-in to OverDrive.                                            

If using the Classic 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 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".

 


Libby app (*new*)

Screenshot of Libby welcome screen - iOS - first time user

Download the Libby app onto your device. On the welcome screen under "do you have a library card?" press 'Yes'

On the next screen "Search for a Library"

Type in McGill in the search box

Type "McGill" into the search box and McGill University Library should come top of the results. Click on this link.

 

Click on sign-in with my card

Click on "Sign In With My Card"

 

 

 


Click next

Click on "Next", at which point you will be prompted to login via the usual McGill Shibboleth login screen using your McGill username and password.

Screenshot of Libby display stating your card has been linked

You should see a successful login and "Linked Card" with the McGill logo display. Click on "Next".

Screenshot of Libby logged-in search screen

You are now ready to start searching for content on McGill Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Note: McGill Library OverDrive collections can now also be accessed via the Libby app.

Both apps (OverDrive and Libby) and browser options follow the same process for sign-in to OverDrive.                                              

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 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".

 


 

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.


 

Hold redelivery

In March 2020, Overdrive introduced a new option called hold redelivery (or the "deliver later" option) for available holds. This feature gives you more control over your holds, so you can borrow and read titles when it is most convenient.

To support this feature, the automatic hold checkout setting is no longer active and any current holds will be updated to the new redelivery mechanism. This means you will need to manually borrow your new holds as they become available. 

How does hold redelivery work?

  • When a hold becomes available, you will receive a notification email and have 3 days to pick up your hold. 
  • You can choose to borrow the hold, have it delivered later, or cancel the hold. 
  • If you do not take any action during the hold pickup window, the "deliver after seven days" option will automatically be applied. 
  • If the book becomes available for you a second time, and you take no action for a second time, the hold will be cancelled. 

How can I see my holds?

Your holds appear under "My Account", just underneath Loans.

How to locate your Holds page

For more information and instructions on how to manage your available holds, please see the OverDrive holds help page.


 

 

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