Help with E-Books & E-Audiobooks

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Borrowing E-Books

 As a result of the Library’s temporary closure, we have already seen a surge in our e-book usage and anticipate further increases. In order to maintain the best possible service for the greatest number of users, we have therefore placed a new limit on e-book checkouts as a way to increase the number of books available and reduce wait times for all patrons. Learn more at nypl.org/ebook-user-faq

Returning E-Books

You can return downloaded content directly from the OverDrive, cloudLibrary, Kindle, Adobe Digital Editions and SimplyE apps. If you have not yet downloaded the item you can also select Check In in the library's catalog, browse.nypl.org

  • Kindle: Visit amazon.com/myk
  • Adobe Digital Editions: Right-click on the cover and select "Return Borrowed Item."
  • OverDrive: Tap and hold on a cover or tap the Edit button and then tap Return.
  • cloudLibrary: Go to “My Books” and click on the List View in the upper right hand corner. Once in list view, click on the “return” button.
  • SimplyE: Go to the book page and tap the "Return" button.

There are no fines or fees associated with downloadable content. If you do not return them, items will automatically expire on their due date.

Customize Your E-Book Lending Period

  1. Go to ebooks.nypl.org, and click Sign In in the upper right corner of the screen. Enter your library card number and PIN and click Sign In.
  2. Click Account and then click Settings. Choose your lending period preferences and click Save.
  3. Set your preferred default lending period, up to 21 days.

You will be able to return books early if you are finished with them.

Reading E-Books While Traveling

When traveling outside the United States, download your book before leaving if possible. Once loaded to your device, your downloaded e-books can be read wherever you travel.

Does OverDrive's app work internationally?

E-Audiobooks

OverDrive

Audiobooks and video for use with portable devices, PCs, and Macs. Follow the instructions for your type of device to get started.

AudioBookCloud

Listen online to audio books in many different categories: fiction, non-fiction, classics, and Spanish language audio books. These books are always available, never on hold, and no need to download.