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How To: Borrow NLB eBooks using the OverDrive App

What do you need?

Mobile device

Mobile Device
Any smartphone or tablet with WiFi / data (e.g. 3G) connection.

User Account

User Account
To download eBooks, you will need your NLB myLibrary ID.

Step 1

Install the OverDrive app

Install the OverDrive app onto your mobile device..

OverDrive app

The app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Downloadable on Apple App Store and Google Play

Once installed on your mobile device, you should get this page. Click "Sign Up".

Click Sign Up

Click "Sign up using library card".

Click Sign up using Library Card

Type "National Library Board, Singapore" and click Go.

click Go

Select your public library. In the example below, Pasir Ris Public Library was selected.

Select your public library

Sign into your library with your NLB myLibrary ID.

Upon signing in with your NLB myLibrary ID, you will be brought to NLB's OverDrive collection.

Sign with myLibrary ID

Step 2

Download an eBook from NLB's OverDrive Collection

Click on the book icon to download an eBook from the NLB's OverDrive collection.

Book icon

Enter your NLB myLibrary ID and Password to sign in.

NLB myLibrary ID and Password login

Upon a successful login, you will be able to browse, search and download the eBook of your choice.

Simply click on the book cover of the selected title to go to the title's details page.

Click on the book cover

If the title is available, click "Borrow".

Click on the book cover

When you select on "Borrow", you will receive a message on whether the item has been successfully checked out to your account.

Message that the item has been successfully checked out

When you select on "Go to loans", you will be brought directly to your "Loans" page. Click on "Download".

Go to Loans

Navigate to the Menu button, then to "Bookshelf" to access your eBook.

Bookshelf menu

Click on your downloaded eBook to start reading.

Downloaded eBook

For quick help topics, navigate to the Menu button and "Help".

Help menu


If you need further assistance, please contact our helpdesk.