What's the difference between an OverDrive account and a library card?

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A library card:

  • Is issued by your library
  • Lets you borrow titles from their physical or digital collection
  • Can be used to sign into your library's digital collection, the OverDrive app, and overdrive.com
  • May have other perks at the library (like granting access to a library computer)

An OverDrive account:

  • Is an added convenience that you can use alongside your library card
  • Can be set up using your email address or Facebook
  • Lets you sign into your library's digital collection, the OverDrive app, and overdrive.com (so you don't have to remember your library card number)
  • Can be used to sign into multiple libraries
  • Can be used to authorize Adobe Digital Editions to download ebooks on a computer

Even if you create an OverDrive account, you'll still need a library card to borrow digital titles from your library. When you first sign into your library using an OverDrive account, there will be a one-time prompt to add your library card to your OverDrive account.

A library card is issued by your library and allows you to borrow titles from their physical or digital collection. For most libraries, you can also use your library card to sign into the latest version of the OverDrive app and overdrive.com.

Note: If library card sign-in isn't supported for your library yet, you'll get an error message when trying to sign into the app or overdrive.com with a library card. More libraries will receive this feature over time.

You can also use an OverDrive account to sign into the latest version of the OverDrive app and overdrive.com. Using an OverDrive account has a few added benefits, like the ability to authorize Adobe Digital Editions to download ebooks on a computer.

Even if you use an OverDrive account to sign into the OverDrive app or overdrive.com, you'll still need a library card to borrow digital titles from your library.

Last Updated: 13 August 2019 02:50 PM