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University Library makes OverDrive available to campus community


1:51 p.m., Nov. 9, 2012--The University of Delaware Library has announced the availability of OverDrive eBooks, which offers access to the full-text of currently published “popular” fiction and non-fiction electronic books.

OverDrive’s e-books can be downloaded to a wide range of mobile devices, including Android, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle and Nook, and can also be downloaded to Windows and Mac computers. The OverDrive Device Resource Center provides a full list of compatible devices.

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Free software and apps, such as Adobe Digital Editions, Kindle Reading Apps and OverDrive Media Console are available for download from OverDrive at this website.

The OverDrive service is available for use only by students, faculty and staff of the University of Delaware. UD students, faculty and staff will need a current UDelNet ID and password to check out books from both on campus and off campus. Non-UD students, faculty and staff do not have access to this licensed service.

A user may have up to three e-books checked out at one time for a 14-day non-renewable loan period. The e-books are automatically “returned” on the due date when they will no longer be available to the borrower. The e-books can be returned early. A maximum of six e-books can be added to a hold list; holds will expire three days after notification.

Examples of e-books that are currently available for UD users through OverDrive include Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy by Stieg Larsson; 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions, Sixth Edition, by Ron Fry and many others. A complete list of available OverDrive e-books is online at this website.

The University of Delaware Library also provides access to nearly 400,000 academic and scholarly e-books in all subjects and disciplines, including Area, Ethnic and Gender Studies; Arts and Humanities; and Engineering and Physical Sciences. These e-books can be located via DELCAT, the library’s online catalog; via WorldCat Local; and via the University of Delaware Library Electronic Books Research Guide.

In addition, the University of Delaware electronic library, which provides a rich array of resources online, is available 24/7. The electronic library is comprised of the web page of the University of Delaware Library which provides an online gateway to DELCAT, WorldCat Local, Research Guides, online databases, e-journals, e-books, finding aids of Special Collections and much, much more.

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