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OverDrive eBooks and Audiobooks

OverDrive Basics

Who can access OverDrive?

Any current University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee faculty, student, or staff member can borrow books from OverDrive.

Do I need to create an OverDrive account?

No, you can use your ePanther ID and password to borrow eBooks and e-audiobooks. 

Do I have to download any software or apps to use OverDrive?

No, you can read and listen to books on your laptop or computer via a web browser. 

Can I use a Kindle to read books from OverDrive?

Yes, after you borrow a title, select 'Read now with Kindle' and login to your Amazon account. 

What if I use OverDrive and the Libby app with another library system?

In the Libby menu, tap 'Add a Library.'

Can I download books to read offline? 

Yes, loans are automatically downloaded for offline use if you are on wifi. 

Getting Started with OverDrive

To access OverDrive: Borrow ebooks and audiobooks.  Try Library the one tap reading app

  • From a computer or laptop: Go to the UWM OverDrive collection. Note you must sign in with your ePantherID. This link is also on our Databases A-Z list.
  • From a mobile device: Download the Libby app. Our library is called "University of Wisconsin System." Select the "University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee" location and sign in with your ePantherID.

To read or listen to a book:

  1. Browse or search titles.
  2. Click 'Borrow.'  Tap the book cover to start reading in Libby.
  3. Place a hold to join the waitlist if a book is not available.

Loan FAQs

How long can I borrow books?

For most books, you can choose between a 7, 14, or 21-day checkout. Some titles have set borrowing periods that cannot be changed.

How many books can I borrow at one time?

Up to 5 books at once

What if I want to borrow a book that is checked out?

You can put a hold on the book in OverDrive to add yourself to a waitlist. Once the book is available, OverDrive will email you.

How many holds can I have at one time?

Up to 5 books at once

How do I renew books?

You can renew a book from your Loans page before it is due as long as no one else is waiting for it. If you cannot renew the title, you can put a hold on the book to add yourself to the waitlist.

How do I return books?

Books are automatically returned on the due date, but you can return a book early.

Are all formats available for all books?

No, format availability varies by title.