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All SDCL locations will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We will be upgrading our system over the next several weeks to provide you with an improved library experience. Our website and library services will be
fully functional during this time; however, the catalog, My Account, and other online services will not be available during the following short periods:
November 21: 1:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.  |  November 28: 5 a.m.-7 a.m.  |  December 5: 3 a.m.-6 a.m.

eBooks & eAudiobooks

San Diego County Library has free eBooks and eAudiobooks, including a collection of Kids' eBooks, to read or listen to on your Nook, Kindle, tablet, mobile phone, and other compatible devices.

Digital books are automatically "returned" to the library - no late fees!

iPad/iPhone users: If you are receiving an error message indicating that your device is not authorized to download EPUBs, please re-log into your account on the main app screen:

  • Click on the three bars at the top left corner of the app, then choose ACCOUNT.
  • Sign in. We recommend logging in using your library barcode and PIN.
  • Enter "San Diego County Library" and choose your branch.
  • Enter your barcode and password.

How do I get started?

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Visit Getting Started With OverDrive for detailed instructions; scroll to the bottom of the link to get device-specific help. You can also watch video tutorials for specific devices and apps.

Get help with downloading an eBook

Get help with downloading an Audio eBook

Get device specific app help


OverDrive Libby App

OverDrive Read

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eBook Workshops

Some SDCL branches provide hands-on workshops for a variety of ereaders and mobile devices. View the schedule below or contact your local branch for information.

What are the borrowing, return, and renewal policies for digital books?

My library card was replaced, and now I can't access my OverDrive checkouts or holds.

If you were issued a new library card number and need to transfer your checkouts and holds to your new account, please contact technical support. Please include your new library card number, old library card number, and current email address.

Why do I have to place a request for a digital title?

Whenever possible, SDCL purchases eBooks and eAudiobooks from publishers that permit unlimited downloads (i.e. titles are always available for download). However, most publishers only sell their digital titles by the copy (the way physical books are sold). SDCL monitors the number of customer requests for digital titles so that additional copies of titles can be purchased as needed.

Technical Support

Please visit OverDrive's Troubleshooting Guide, or contact Technical Support for assistance.

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