Ohio Digital Library FAQ

What is the Ohio Digital Library?

The Ohio Digital Library is proud to announce the arrival of digital eBooks, Audio Books, OverDrive Music and OverDrive video for your enjoyment. Patrons from member libraries can browse and search hundreds of great titles and download them to computers, transfer them to portable devices, or burn them onto CDs for reading, listening, and viewing anywhere, anytime. The Ohio Digital Library is funded in part using LSTA funds awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the State Library of Ohio.The Ohio Digital Library offers a wide variety of digital books, music, and videos for adults, teens, and kids.

What is a digital book?

It is a digital version of a print title that can be downloaded to your PC, laptop, PDA, smartphone, or MP3 player. To read or listen to digital books, you need to install the free reader (Adobe Reader and OverDrive Media Console) software. Once you’ve done that, you can enjoy digital books without being connected to the Internet.

How do I get started?

It’s easy! Step-by-step directions for working with digital books are available on the Ohio Digital Library website. A good starting point is the “New to Digital Books?” link. This Digital Books Quick Start Guide has information about downloading and registering the free reader software, and guides you through the process of checking out titles and working with your account. A “Digital Books Tour” is also available.

Do I have to pay for this service?

No, all you need is your Mason Public Library card number and PIN that you received when you signed up for your library card.

What kinds of titles are available?

The Ohio Digital Library website includes bestsellers, classics, fiction, and nonfiction from popular authors and well-known publishers. A selection of titles for teens and children is also available.

How many digital books can I check out at one time?

You can check out up to 10 titles at one time. Once you’ve reached this limit, you will not be able to check out any additional titles until the license for a downloaded book has expired. Please note: once you have placed an item in your cart you have 60 minutes to check it out or it will be released from your cart back into circulation.

How long can I keep it?

The loan period for most digital books is 14 days, however you can choose a 7 day loan period if desired. The loan period for most videos is 7 days.  Be sure to check the loan period prior to checking the item out to see what it is.

Can I Return an Item Prior to its Due Date?

You can return EPUB and Adobe PDF books early, but not if they are Open EPUB or Open PDF format.  MP3 audiobooks can also be returned early.

Can I renew eBooks or digital audio books?

Titles can be renewed if there are no holds on the item.

Once the book is due, how do I return it?

You don’t have to worry about returning digital books. On the due date, the title is automatically returned.

Can I accumulate overdue fees?

No.  Isn’t that great! Because the titles are automatically returned, you will never be charged overdue fees.

Can I place a hold on a title I’m interested in if it is checked out to someone else?

You can place a hold on the book. When it becomes available, you will be notified by email that it’s ready to be downloaded/checked out or you can select to have the item automatically checked out to you when it becomes available and you will receive an email telling you the item has been checked out to you. Please note, holds for digital books will not be listed when you check your patron account in  Polaris.  Holds on digital books can be reviewed in the “My Digital Account” section of the Ohio eBooks site.  Once you have been e-mailed, you will have 3 days to check out the digital book you placed on hold – so be sure to check your e-mail regularly when you have placed a hold on a digital book.

What devices are compatible with audio and ebooks from the Ohio Digital Library?

The audio books can be listened to on a wide range of devices, including portable music players, portable media centers,  and smartphones. E-books are compatible with a variety of e-readers.  More information about compatible devices is available on Overdrive’s Device Resource Center.  You can also test your device for compatibility with a test file available at the Overdrive website.

Can I listen to the digital audio books on my iPod?

Yes!  In September of 2008, the Ohio Digital Library was able to allow libraries to purchase titles that are compatible with the iPod.  While not all titles will play on the iPod, the list of titles that are compatible continues to grow.  You can tell if the title can play on an iPod as the iPod icon will be active (rather than grayed-out) as in picture below.

What happens if I have a question/problem working with digital books?

There are extensive help pages available on the Ohio Digital Library website. Or you can email support.  Please include “Ohio Digital Library” in the subject heading.

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