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Audiobook and eBook Downloads

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The South Burlington Public Library has a growing collection of eBooks and Audiobooks that can be checked out and read on a variety of devices, such as the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and smart phones. To borrow eBooks and Audiobooks, all you need is your library card!

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See our FAQs below for helpful answers about Libby and Overdrive. Download our guides for signing in and using Libby on your Apple, Android, eReader, computer, or other device. 

How do I sign in online using my computer?

  1. You will need your South Burlington library card number and catalog account password*. This password is your PIN for Libby and Overdrive. 
  2. Select Sign In on the Green Mountain Library Consortium website.
  3. Select South Burlington Public Library.
  4. Enter your Card Number (letters are case sensitive) and PIN.

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    If you have not yet set up a catalog account password, see the Frequently Asked Questions section below for a walkthrough. 
What's the difference between Overdrive and Libby?

Overdrive is the original app for borrowing eBooks and Audiobooks. Libby is the newest version created by the Overdrive team, and is designed to be easy to use. Many features of Overdrive are being phased out, so if you're just starting your digital borrowing journey, we recommend starting with the Libby app.  

 

How do I read or listen to eBooks or Audiobooks?

You can use your computer, smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, or eReader, such as a Kindle, to listen to or read to books on your device. We recommend downloading the Libby App if it is available to you. 

Where do I find the collection of eBooks and Audiobooks?

You can access the digital collection by going to the Green Mountain Library Consortium

Who can borrow eBooks and Audiobooks from this collection?

South Burlington residents with a library card may use the eBook and Audiobook collection. Accounts must be in good standing to borrow from the digital collection. Homecard and Nonresident cards are not eligible for this service.

What information do I need to access eBooks?

You will need your card number and PIN from the South Burlington Public Library.  Your card number is the 14 digit string of numbers and letters from the back of your library card. The PIN is your password to the library catalog. Don't have a password to the catalog yet? You'll have to log onto your catalog and make a secure password there, first. See the next FAQ below. 

I don't have a PIN or a password for the catalog. What should I do?

Go to our catalog and choose Please login in the top right hand corner. 
Barcode: Enter in your South Burlington Library card number exactly as printed (case sensitive). 
Password: userpass
You will then be prompted to create a new password. This password will be your PIN for logging in to Overdrive & Libby. 

Check out our guide to Getting Started with Libby for more help. 

How long is the checkout period?

The lending period may vary from title to title, but most items can be borrowed from 7 to 14 days.

How many items may I check out?

You can check out up to 3 items at one time, and place 10 holds.

Can I place holds on items that aren't available?

You can place up to 10 titles on hold at one time. You’ll receive a notification when a title becomes available. Once the notice is sent, you’ll have 4 days (96 hours) to borrow the title through your Libby app. If you don’t retrieve it in time, the title will be made available to the next user on the list. You will remain at the top of the holds list for one final attempt when the book becomes available again.

Can Library Staff place holds for me like they can for physical books?

No, eBooks and eAudiobooks are self service for holds and check outs. If you're having trouble placing a hold, call the Library to arrange a one on one tech help appointment. 

Are there any late fees or fines?

No, the book “expires” at the end of your checkout period you selected, so it can never be turned in late.

I'm not finished reading my book yet. Can I renew it?

The option to renew a title will appear on your bookshelf within 3 days of the title’s expiration date. If there are no existing holds on a title, the Renew icon will be green. In this case, you can use the renew feature to hold a copy of the title for you, so that you can borrow it again immediately once your first checkout expires.


If there are existing holds on a title, the Renew icon will be grayed out. In this case, you can still use the renew feature to reserve a spot on the title’s holds list so that you can borrow it again as soon as it’s available.