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Ebooks at Carleton

A guide to the various ebook options at Carleton

What is OverDrive?

OverDrive is a platform for Carleton students, faculty, and staff to download popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and audiobooks to their personal devices. Content can be downloaded to many types of devices, including personal computers, eReaders, and smartphones. Our collection is compatible with Libby.

  • For a list of supported devices, please see the "Compatible Devices" tab.
  • If you are looking for technical assistance, please see OverDrive's user help section.

Where can I find OverDrive?

You can always find a link to the library's OverDrive subscription on the "Databases" tab on the library website. By linking to OverDrive through the library website, you ensure that you are using our subscription (and have downloading privileges non-subscribers lack).

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A collection of popular fiction and non-fiction ebooks, readable online or downloadable to your mobile device.

Borrowing Materials


In order to check out and download material from OverDrive, you will need to have installed either the Libby app, OverDrive app, or Adobe Digital editions for use on your computer. You will need your Carleton ID in order to check out materials.

Loan period

eBooks and audiobooks are available for a period of 21 days. You may also choose to check them out for 7 or 14 days.

Returning materials

Materials are automatically returned at the end of the loan period, so there are no late fees.

An item can be renewed up to three days before the end of the loan period, and can be renewed up to three times. Alternatively, a user can let the loan period end, then check the item out again if no other users have placed a hold.