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About OverDrive

What is OverDrive?
  • Online access to eBooks and audiobooks
  • Available 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • No overdues or fines
What do I need to use OverDrive?
  • A computer or mobile device with an Internet or WiFi connection
  • Your login details:
    Usernameschool ID # Student # for students, staff # for staff. It's the same as your library borrower ID.
    Password: your birthday in MMDDYYYY format
  • Free software/app and/or compatible browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, & IE10 or better)
Where do I go to access OverDrive?
  • Click on the OverDrive logo on this page, or in the popular links lists at
    he top of most VLC pages
  • Find in the E-Z Find list of digital resources
  • Visit directly at
  • Coming soon: through your school catalogue

Using the Collection

1. Read/Listen Instantly in Your Browser

Go to the WCDSB's OverDrive Website.

In Browser
For more help, visit OverDrive Read for eBooks or OverDrive Listen for audiobooks.


2. Download Your eBook/Audiobook to a Computer or Portable Device

PLEASE NOTEDownloading eBooks or audiobooks requires a personal device (tablet, iPad, smartphone, etc.) or an administration computer. They cannot be downloaded to WCDSB school computers/laptops at this time.

Visit OverDrive’s Getting Started website, and choose your device/operating system for detailed instructions on downloading to a computer or portable device. When using OverDrive for the first time, you will need to install free OverDrive app/software to save titles to your device.

Compatible Devices

Visit the listing of Devices and Platforms for detailed information on products compatible with OverDrive. These include:

eBooks Audiobooks

Computers (desktops and laptops)

Portable devices with WiFi (tablets and smartphones)


Computers (desktops and laptops)

MP3 players, iPod Classics/Nanos/iPhones


Account Options 


You can sign into your account to find the following information: 

Bookshelf: lists titles you have checked out, and displays links for reading/listening to in the browser or for downloading titles currently checked out to you.

Holds: Displays titles you are currently on the waiting list for.

Lists: Displays titles you have added to your Wish List to read at a later time.

My Account: Displays the number of titles you have checked out and the number of checkouts you have remaining.


  • Get assistance by clicking on the Help icon in OverDrive or go to
  • Talk to your location’s learning commons staff or contact Shelley Wood at The Learning Commons, CEC.



Want to improve your OverDrive skills? OverDrive offers great training materials for:

Exporting Notes from OverDrive

Staff and students can export notes and highlights created in OverDrive Read titles for offline use.

  • On the History & notes page (under Account), select Notes & highlights for a title. Choose the Export option at the top of the next page to download in one of the available options.

Notes Export

  • Notes and highlights can be exported to Google Drive, PDF, or CSV, or copy to the clipboard. Options available depend on browser compatibility.
  • The following information is included when exporting notes and highlights:
    • Title, author, and series (when applicable)
    • Cover image (not available for CSV)
    • Checkout date and time
    • Total number of checkouts for the title
    • Reading information, such as how many times the book was opened, the number of pages turned, and amount of reading time​
    • Notes, highlights, and highlight colors​
    • The date and time each note or highlight was made
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This summer, the OverDrive Summer Read program is offering a collection of children's and young adult ebooks

June 6 – July 18, 2018

How does it work?

1. Visit the WCDSB's OverDrive website (

2. Log in.
Username: student login for students, staff # for staff; same as library borrower ID)
Password: your birthday - MMDDYYYY

3. Enjoy one of the following ebooks on computers, tablets, smartphones, and eReader devices:


Children's eBooks

Aang  Man Sponge  Modo  Notations

Young Adult eBooks

Camp So and So  Epic Crush  Lie Tree  Splinter

For more information about using OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks, please see below.

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