How do I use Overdrive?


Individual e-books in this resource are listed and searchable in Scholar OneSearch, Northeastern's library catalog.

What is in Overdrive?

Ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines: easy-to-use, recently-published, high-interest nonfiction and popular fiction.

Titles and availability are subject to change and copies of individual titles are limited, but it is easy to use "holds" to put yourself on a waiting list.

Due to limited copies, Overdrive may not be the best solution for course materials. Instructors, please contact the Course Reserves department for help determining if Overdrive is the best option for your students.


How to use Overdrive

To borrow books, connect to Overdrive using the link at the bottom of this screen, or click on the link offered when you find an Overdrive book in Scholar OneSearch.

In OverDrive, click the "Borrow" button under the title you're interested in. You will be prompted to sign in with your Northeastern or NCH-London username and password.

Once you've logged in, you'll be given the option to borrow the e-book or audiobook for up to 14 days.


Do I need an app or e-book reader?

You do not need an e-reader or e-reader app.  You may read books or listen to audiobooks in a web browser on any device.

OverDrive's Libby app optimizes your experience. Libby allows you to not only read and listen, but manage your loans—to see what you have checked out, how long you have to read it, and manage your waiting list "holds."

To set up your Libby app with the Northeastern collection, tap on the button with three horizontal bars at the bottom of the Libby interface.

Under "Your Libraries," select "Add Library."

Search for "Northeastern University" in the search box, and tap to add Northeastern to your collection.

You will be asked to log in with your Northeastern user ID and password; you do not need a library card number.


What is the difference between OverDrive and the Libby app?

Libby is OverDrive's official free app for reading and listening on the go.

Libby app iconThe Libby app makes it easy to switch between multiple library collections if you are also using e-books and audiobooks at your local public library.  You can find all your loans and holds on one "shelf".
See Libby App help.



Mac OS users can download e-book EPUB files for reading text, but can no longer download audiobooks and have to stream them through the browser. Here are instructions for downloading audiobooks to any Mac that has not yet upgraded to the Catalina operating system.


  • Last Updated Mar 27, 2023
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  • Answered By Karen Merguerian

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