Obviously we have books available at our library. But what if you are snowed in? What if we’re closed and you desperately need something to read? Or maybe you’re traveling and don’t want to have to carry a huge hardcover?
All Russell Memorial Library card holders have access to free e-books and audiobooks through the Green Mountain Library Consortium’s Overdrive System. To access them, all you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone and your ONLINE library card number.
Click here for more details about your ONLINE library card number (which is, incidentally, the same number on your Homecard, if you got that Homecard issued at our library).
So, now that you know your number, see if you can find something to read. Head over to the GMLC Overdrive page and click on the button in the top right of the screen.
This will bring you to a new screen asking you to sign in:
If you have an OverDrive or Facebook account you want to use, those work just fine. For this tutorial, we’re going to use the simplest log-in by selecting Russell Memorial Library from the list:
and clicking the SIGN IN button.
This will bring you to a screen where you can fill in that ONLINE library card number we talked about earlier:
and then click Login.
This should bring you back to the main GMLC page. From here it’s time to just browse until you find a book you like. Clicking the Subjects or Collections buttons at the top left of the screen will give you lots of different types of books to browse. Here are some other links that may be of interest to you:
The master genre list: this lists all the genres of books available in the collection, organized by demographic. Click on any genre to be taken to the books in that genre.
Dorthy Canfield Fisher (DCF) 2017-2018 – many of the books nominated for the DCF award can be found here in ebook and/or audio format.
Green Mountain Book Award 2017-2018 – many of the books nominated for this award can be found here in ebook and/or audio format.
While glancing through these collections you may notice that ebooks and audiobooks are often mixed together:
For instance, these two copies are actually different formats, as indicated in the line below the author’s name.
One other thing to watch for is whether an item is available or not. Available books have a blue banner along the top marking it as AVAILABLE, and offer the option to BORROW the book.
Books that are checked out, feature a white banner marked WAIT LIST and instead of the option to BORROW the book, you can only PLACE A HOLD. This will allow you to put your name on a waiting list for the book and receive an email once it has become available.
Once you find an available book that you’d like to borrow, click on the cover to go into the book’s record. It should look something like this:
This record gives you all the information you can usually find on hard copy books, such as the title, author, and description of the plot, as well as providing the option to read or listen to a sample, read reviews about the book, and look up details about where and when it was published and how long it is.
To borrow the book, simply click BORROW. Your screen will refresh and you will receive a message something like this:
The book is now yours until the due date provided. The trick, of course, is figuring out how to access this nebulous digital item.
Above that blue banner, to the far right, there’s a button to access My account. Click on that button, then on the Loans button that appears below.
That will bring you to your Loans page, where there are plenty of options for accessing your book. There are buttons for reading on the kindle, for reading on your smart phone/tablet, or for reading right there in your browser window.
Audiobooks have fewer options available, but can similarly be played in the browser or downloaded as an MP3 that you can play on the device of your choosing.
Alternatively, if you have a tablet or smart phone, you can install one of the apps below and download the item directly through there.
There are apps for that!
Libby is a much more fluid, intuitive app, though with some glitchiness of its own. In the past it has struggled to allow ONLINE Library Card logins, though, so you may be better off making yourself an OverDrive account to sign in with.
At the end of your loan period, the item you borrowed will automatically disappear from your app, Kindle, or other device. It’s as easy as that.
This should be enough to get you started with the GMLC Overdrive. If you have any questions, or run into any problems, please stop in and we’ll do what we can to help. If you prefer, you can also message us on Facebook, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find instructions at the OverDrive Help page.