Read eBooks or listen to audiobooks online from a laptop or desktop computer using the Overdrive digital interface or on your cell phone or tablet device with the Libby App. Overdrive is a digital lending library for electronic devices. You will need a library card and an Internet connection to create an account.


Phone and Tablet Devices

iPhone / iPad

  • Go to the App Store icon on your device.
  • Search for the Libby app and download (your apple device will likely have you enter your apple ID and Password first).
  • Go into the Libby app.
    • You will be asked to find a library. Search for Blauvelt Free Library (you might have the option to search by location also).
    • Follow the steps for creating an account.
    • When asked, your library card is the UPC number on the back of your card with no spaces and the password is your library password (which is the last 4 digits of your phone by default).  
    • You can download or place holds on books from the LIBRARY section.
    • You can read and manage your books from the SHELF section.
      • Books will be automatically returned when time is up (NO late fees!).  You can also return whenever you are done.    
  • MORE INFORMATION on using the Libby app.

Android Phone or Tablet

  • Go to the Play Store icon on your device.
  • Search for the Libby app and download.
  • Go into the Libby app.
    • You will be asked to find a library. Search for Blauvelt Free Library (you might have the option to search by location also).
    • Follow the steps for creating an account.
    • When asked, your library card is the UPC number on the back of your card with no spaces and the password is your library password (which is the last 4 digits of your phone by default).  
    • You can download or place holds on books from the LIBRARY section.
    • You can read and manage your books from the SHELF section.
      • Books will be automatically returned when time is up (NO late fees!).  You can also return whenever you are done.  
  • MORE INFORMATION on using the Libby app.

Kindle Devices

Kindle Fire

  • Go to the Amazon (Kindle) App Store icon on your device.
  • Search for the Overdrive (: Library eBooks and Audiobooks) app and download.
  • Go into the Overdrive app.
    • Select the "Sign in with a library card" option as opposed to anything else. 
    • Follow the steps for creating an account. 
    • When asked, your library card is the UPC number on the back of your card with no spaces and the password is your library password (which is the last 4 digits of your phone by default).  
    • You can download or place holds on books using SEARCH or the Menu.
    • You can read and manage your books from the BOOKSHELF section.
      • Books will be automatically returned when time is up (NO late fees!).  You can also return whenever you are done.  
  • MORE INFORMATION on using the Overdrive app. Select 'Fire' specific FAQ.  

Kindle Paperwhite

  • First you need to go to https://rcls.overdrive.com/. You cannot directly download books to Paperwhite.
  • Sign In - When asked, your library card is the UPC number on the back of your card with no spaces and the password is your library password (which is the last 4 digits of your phone by default).
  • Select <KINDLE BOOKS> from the top menu to filter Kindle-available.
    • Search and select a title. Click <BORROW> to start the process. (you can also place holds for checked out books)
    • Next, click the <Read Now With Kindle> button. 
      • This takes you to Amazon login screen. Put in your Amazon ID and Password to proceed.  
      • Select "Deliver to your (your name) Kindle".  
      • Click <Get Library Book>.
      • You should get the message “Your digital library book will be delivered to (your name) Kindle. Your Kindle will download [Book Title] the next time it connects to WiFi.” It should appear on your Paperwhite the next time you go in if you are connected to WiFi.  
        • Give it time to download if you don't see it right away.  
    • Tapping on the book cover should open it and it will read like other Kindle books on your Paperwhite.  
    • Books will be automatically returned when time is up (NO late fees!).  You can also return whenever you are done.

Computers - PC and Mac

  • Go to https://rcls.overdrive.com/ from any web browser.
  • Log In (Your library card is the UPC number on the back of your card with no spaces and the password is your library password (which is the last 4 digits of your phone by default).
  • Search or browse for a book.  Select <BORROW> to get the book.  You can also place holds on books that are checked out.
  • Books can be managed and read from the "Loans" section.  
    • To read in your browser, select <Read Now In Browser>. You need to be connected to the Internet. 
    • To read offline, select <Download - ePub Book>. If available.
    • To read in Kindle, select <Read with Kindle>. You will be asked to login to Amazon first. See Read Now With Kindle under the Kindle Paperwhite instructions above to complete the process.  
  • Books will be automatically returned when time is up (NO late fees!).  You can also return whenever you are done.

Help

Ask a Librarian

  • Make an appointment with librarian Kyle Craig. He will be able to help walk you through any setup or usage questions you might have. Also, some issues occur with older devices and compatibility.
    • kcraig@rcls.org OR 845-359-2811.
    • Kyle's hours are M-W (1:00 - 9:00 PM) and Th (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)  

Other Help

  • For help with common problems, check out FAQs from Overdrive
  • For those who are more visual learners, Video Help
  • Still need help? Fill out the online form at Ask Overdrive and submit it directly to Overdrive.  
    • Our library system pays for this service, which is free to our patrons