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e-Books via OverDrive: OverDrive Basics

What is OverDrive?

OverDrive is a brand new service from the Franklin County Law Libraray that you can use to check out e-Books for your eReader or mobile device - anytime, anywhere.  Currently the Law Library offers a collection of Matthew Bender treatise handbooks in e-Book format that circulate for 14 days.



OverDrive Help gives customized help for you computer or device. 

Click on the icon above to access OverDrive Help.

Who can access OverDrive e-Books?

Current Franklin County Law Library card holders can access the OverDrive digital library.  In order to check out e-Books you must sign.  Library policy states, library cards are available to attorneys in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio who practice law in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway or Union Counties.


How many items can I check out?

You can check out up to 3 items at one time.

How long can I check out the items?

The lending period for e-Books is 14 days.

How do I return my items?

You do not have to return your items because they automatically expire at the end of the lending period.  Certain items can be returned early - for device-specific instructions on returning your items before the expiration, refer to the tabs above.

Can I renew my items?

Items cannot be renewed, but you can check them out again after they expire if they are still available.

Can I place items on hold?


How do I place an item on hold?

  1. Click PLACE A HOLD next to the item that you want.
  2. Sign in to your OverDrive account.
  3. Enter and confirm your email address.
  4. Click the PLACE A HOLD button.

When the title becomes available you will receive an email.  You then have 3 days to check out your hold item.

How do I sign in to my account?

  1. Follow this link to the OverDrive home page.
  2. Type in your Franklin County Law Library Card number.
  3. Call the Law Library at 614-525-4971 if you need your number.
  4. Click SIGN IN.

Guide Author

Thank You

A special thanks Stacy L. Voeller at Minnesota State University Libraries for content and formatting inspiration for this guide.