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Step-by-Step Guide for OverDrive


This Step-by-Step Guide contains the following sections:

  1. How To: Borrow NLB eBooks using the OverDrive App
  2. How To: Borrow NLB eBooks using the Libby App


A. 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. 4G) connection.

User Account

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


The OverDrive app will be sunset by end 2022. The app will be removed from the Apple App Store, Google Play and Microsoft store in February 2022. Existing users of the OverDrive app are encouraged to switch to the Libby app. The OverDrive website (https://nlb.overdrive.com) will continue to be accessible.


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

Select your public library

Sign into your library with your NLB myLibrary username.

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

Sign with myLibrary username

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 username and Password to sign in.

NLB myLibrary username 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.

Click Download EPUB ebook.

Message that the item has been successfully checked out

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

Help

If you need further assistance, please contact our helpdesk.



B. How To: Borrow NLB eBooks using the Libby App


Libby app will completely replace OverDrive app by end of 2022. NLB strongly recommends users to switch to Libby for a simplified mobile experience.


How do I set up Libby?


Step 1

Download the Libby app on App store or Google Play store.

Libby App

Step 2

Select 'Yes' if you have myLibrary username > Tap on 'I'll Search For A Library'.

If you do not have myLibrary username, tap on 'Not Yet' to create one. Alternatively, click here to create one now.

I'll Search For A Library

Step 3

Type 'National Library Board' > Select 'National Library Board Singapore' digital collection once it appears.

Type National Library Board

Step 4

Enter Library Account Details with myLibrary username login > Select Next to visit NLB's digital collection.

Note: The library card is automatically saved and users will only need to sign in once.

Enter Library Account Details


How do I borrow an eBook/eAudiobook on Libby?


1. If you are seeking a specific title, click on the search icon at the bottom of the screen.

2. Enter the title of the desired digital book/audiobook under "Library".

3. Tap on your title and select either 'Borrow' or 'Place Hold'.

eBook/eAudiobook on Libby eBook/eAudiobook on Libby


How do I add more than one library card to my Libby app?


1. Tap on the Libby icon at the bottom of the screen.

2. Click on 'Add Library' or '1 card +' to add another card under the same library.

3. To add another card, simply enter a different myLibrary username.

Add more than one library card to my Libby app


How do I access all the eBooks / eAudiobooks I have borrowed?


1. Select 'Shelf' at the bottom right of the screen to access books that you have borrowed.

2. Besides loans, you may also access all reservations and tags placed on titles.

3. To quickly continue reading, simply click on the book title at the bottom of your screen.

Access eBook/eAudiobook I have borrowed


How do I return a title early?


1. To return a title earlier, simply select 'Shelf' at the bottom right of the screen.

2. Select 'loans'

3. Select 'Manage Loan' and 'Return Early'.

Tap Return Early


How do I set up Libby on multiple devices?


1. Tap on the Libby icon at the bottom of the screen (on your first device)

2. Go to "Settings"

3. Select "Copy To Another Device"

4. Enter the eight-digit set-up code on your second device.

Note:
Libby allows to sync multiple library accounts and multiple devices. There is no limit of devices for Libby.

Set up Libby on multiple devices


How do I find out the amount of time I have left on the waitlist for an eBook / eAudiobook that I reserved?


1. Simply select 'Shelf' at the bottom right of the screen.

2. Select 'Your holds'

3. To view the waitlist information for each reserved title, select the calendar icon.

view the waitlist information


How do I make adjustments to my reading or audio settings?


For eBooks

1. Click the chosen title and tap on the centre of the page to bring up reading settings.

2. Click on 'A' icon to readjust text scale, background or font style.

3. For text size, adjust the text scale to your desired size.

4. Select bright, sepia or dark background for your reading text.

make adjustments to my reading or audio settings

For Audiobooks

1. Click the chosen title.

2. Tap on the speedometer icon at the top of the screen to adjust your play speed. For more information, click here for a tutorial video.

3. Set up a sleep timer to pause playback if you would like to time your audiobook. For more information, click here for a tutorial video.

4. To fast forward, simply swipe left and drag on your listening page. Click here for a tutorial video.

view the waitlist information


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Help

If you need further assistance, please contact our helpdesk.

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