The Ohio Digital Library (formerly the Ohio eBook Project) is a statewide consortium of libraries that jointly provide free downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video to library customers. Recently updates have been made to the site. Discover what is new at the following link: http://ohioebooks.org/NextGen.htm.
Browse, checkout, and download these items to your computer and other supported devices for either 7, 14 or 21 days. No overdue fines are charged and some audiobooks and eBooks are “always available” for download. You will need a valid Champaign County Library card and PIN (personal identification number) to access this service.
A list of supported audio and eBook devices is featured on the Ohio Digital Library website. The Ohio Digital Library website also provides links to the support pages of the devices' manufacturers' websites.
It's easy to get started. Step-by-step directions for working with digital books are available on the Ohio Digital Library's website. A good starting point is the HELP link at the top of the page. You are able to watch how-to videos, learn about lending policies, and get answers to your questions all in one place.
Do I have to pay for this service? No, there is no charge for this service; however, you do need a valid library card and PIN. You will not be able to download items from the Ohio Digital Library if you have overdue items, a fine over $5.00 or an expired library card.
How many items may I check out at a time? You can check out up to 10 items at one time.
How long may I keep an item? The loan period for most digital books is 21 days, however you can choose a 7 or 14 day loan period if desired. The loan period for most videos is 7 days. Be sure to check the loan period prior to checking the item out to see what it is.
Can I return an item prior to its due date? You can return EPUB and Adobe PDF books early, but not if they are Open EPUB or Open PDF format. You are able to return Kindle books early.
Can I renew items checked out from the Ohio Digital Library? No, you are not able to renew the items; however, once your title expires you can check it out again (if copies are available), download it and pick up reading where you left off when the title’s checkout expired. You may also place a reserve on the item while you have it checked out and if no one else is waiting for it you may download it again and not worry about someone else placing a reserve on that title.
Once a book is due, how do I return it? You don’t have to worry about returning digital books. On the due date, the title is automatically returned.
Will I be charged overdue fees? No. Because the titles are automatically returned, you will never be charged overdue fees.
Can I place a hold on an item that is not available at this time? You can place a hold on the book and when it becomes available, you will be notified by email that it’s ready to be downloaded/checked out. Holds on digital books can be reviewed in the “My Digital Account” section of the Ohio Digital Library. Once you have been e-mailed, you will have 3 days to check out the digital book you placed on hold – so be sure to check your e-mail regularly when you have placed a hold on a digital book.
If you need further assistance downloading free eBooks through the Ohio Digital Library, check out the links below to view guides for using the Nook, iPad/iPod, and Kindle or contact the Champaign County Library.
The OverDrive Help website features great videos including a general overview, and videos on Adobe Digital Editions, Android devices, Apple devices with iOS and iPods, Kindles, Kobos, NOOKs, Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices.