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Quick Start Guide: Computer

Published July 23, 2013  Submitted by:  Tysha

Applies to: Windows or Mac computer


To read e-books on your e-reader (or home computer), you must install the free software program Adobe Digital Editions on a personal computer. This program manages the e-books you borrow from the Library and lets you transfer them to an e-reader. On the ADE website, click Download Now under Next Steps to begin the process.

If you do decide to transfer your downloaded e-books to your e-reader, you must create a free Adobe ID and use it to authorize your computer. This can be done at any time by clicking on the Help menu and selecting “Authorize Computer…” or you will be prompted to do so the first time you download a library e-book. If you have not created an Adobe ID, click on the “Get an Adobe ID” link. Once you have created an Adobe ID, return to ADE and enter your email address and password in the authorization window.


You can search for and download e-books at our Overdrive catalog. Clicking on the Menu button at the top right of the screen will bring up our different collections. Under the e-book collection, you can click on All Fiction or All Nonfiction or a variety of other genres. Once into a collection, you will be able to filter your browsing by format, subject, only copies available now and etc. Checking the “Show only titles with copies available” box ensures all the search results are currently available. This is a handy feature if you are wanting to load up your device quickly with available mysteries, romances or etc.

You can also conduct an advanced search by title or author (Creator) and then limit your search to a specific format (in this case, ePub or PDF e-books).

E-books that are available for checkout have a darkened open book icon in the right corner of the e-book cover. E-books that are unavailable have a grayed out open book icon.


To return an item early you must use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). Please follow the software’s procedures.

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