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This brief introduction to e-readers and e-books provides basic instruction on the most common hardware devices and e-book formats, and how to borrow and load library e-books onto your device. It assumes no prior knowledge of the technology.
Last Updated: Dec 4, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Locating e-Books: Step by Step

The Montgomery County Public Libraries offer access to e-books through several sources.  The main source for general interest books is the "Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium", which makes use of a service called Overdrive.  Follow these instructions to access books through Overdrive:

  1. To access MCPL e-books, you first need a library card. See to register for your card.
  2. Power up the e-reader or computer on which you would like to read your e-books.  Your device will need either to be connected to the internet  wirelessly, or connected to a computer which is in turn connected to the internet.  MCPL branch libraries also offer free wireless internet access. Stop by a branch for help getting connected!
  3. From the list to the right, follow the link for your device type for instructions on how to use Overdrive with your particular device.
  4. If you run into diffuculties, contact MCPL for assistance.
  5. Enjoy reading your e-books!

Accessing e-Books in Our Collections

Instructions for Downloading Apps

To begin borrowing library e-books, get started here with device-specific instructions for downloading an app to your e-reader

Other Considerations:

  • Borrowed e-books "return" to the library at the end of the loan period, so there are no fines for overdue items. Pick a loan period of 7, 14 or 21 days and set it as your default in your Account Settings.
  • E-books can be returned early. Check the instructions here to find out how.
  • 6 items can be checked out at one time, either e-books or audiobooks. Checked out items cannot be renewed, but they can be borrowed again if a copy is available.
  • You are allowed 6 holds at one time. If an item you have placed a hold on becomes available, you will receive an email notification, and will then have 72 hours to check the title out.
  • More than 34,000 public domain titles are always available and these do not count toward your check-out limits.

Sources for Free and Paid e-Books

Free e-Books                                                               


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