Finding and Borrowing Items & Placing Holds

Last Updated January 26, 2015

Finding & Borrowing eBooks & audioBooks

Placing Holds

*Please note that the eBook collection is hosted on a Third Party website with its own set of privacy policies.


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eBooks: Downloading to a Sony Wifi

Last Updated June 2, 2014

  1. Authorize your Sony Wifi:
    1. Skip ahead to Step 2 if you’ve already authorized your Sony eReader.
    2. Turn on your eReader and connect to a WiFi network.
    3. On the home screen, tap the “Reader Store” button.
    4. Choose "Create Account" and fill in the fields.
  2. Press the home button, and then go to the second home page (arrow is just under the "Collections" button).
  3. Press the "Public Library" button.
  4. If you don’t have a saved search:
    1. Enter your library's name, city, or province in the search box and search.
    2. Choose your library from the list of results.
    3. Choose your library system name from the following page.
  5. If you do have a saved search, press your library's name.
  6. Find and choose an eBook.  To best find a book that you can check out right away:
    1. Click on "eSearches".
    2. Under format choose "ePub".
    3. Click the "Only show copies with titles available" checkbox and search.
  7. Add the book to your cart and checkout.
  8. Enter the name of your library, and your library card number.
  9. Download your library book.
  10. Press the Home button, and your book will be in the "Recently Added" section.  Tap it to start reading.

*Please note that the eBook collection is hosted on a Third Party website with its own set of privacy policies.

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Transferring eBooks to an eReader (Kobo, Nook or other compatible device)

Last Updated June 2, 2014

Check the compatibility of your eReader to ensure it'll work with Library To Go. Watch a video about how to transfer eBooks.
  1. Make sure you’ve downloaded Adobe Digital Editions to your computer.
  2. Authorize Your eReader:
    1. Skip to Step 3 if you’ve already authorized your reader with your computer.
    2. Connect your device to your computer.
    3. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
    4. Follow any instructions on your eReader's screen that say "Manage" or "Connect."
    5. Once your device is recognized, it should show up as an icon in the left-hand panel of Adobe Digital Editions in "Read" view.
  3. To copy a book to your eReader using Adobe Digital Editions, select the title and right click and copy to device, or drag and drop the eBook onto the device icon.
*Please note that the eBook collection is hosted on a Third Party website with its own set of privacy policies.  

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eBooks: Downloading to a Tablet or Smartphone

Last Updated June 2, 2014

You can download eBooks and audioBooks directly to your tablet or smartphone using an app – there’s no need for a computer.  With this app, you can only play MP3 audioBooks and read ePub eBooks. Check this list of compatible devices.

Download the OverDrive Media Console App (free)

If you've already downloaded this app, skip ahead to Open the OverDrive Media Console App.
  • On your device, visit the app store and search for OverDrive; download and install the OverDrive App.
  • Alternatively, on your device, go to  OverDrive App website; choose the version for your device (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8); download and install the OverDrive App
  • During the installation,  you will be prompted to do one of the following:
    • Sign up for an OverDrive Account (if you don't already have one, follow the prompts. This will allow you to read an eBook across multiple devices and sync your progress and bookmarks). Note: OverDrive will send a verification email to your email account.
    • Sign In with your OverDrive Account (if you have previously created one)
    • "I am under 13 years old. Continue"  (you can choose this option if you want to anonymously authorize the app, if you will not be reading or listening to books across multiple devices, or if you want to authorize your device with a pre-existing Adobe ID.)
  • You will need to "Add a Library"
  • Tap the Home menu icon in the top left corner
  • Tap “Add Library” and search for your home library.  Tap on your library’s name and then tap on “British Columbia Libraries”.
  • You are now ready to Find & Borrow eBooks

Open the OverDrive Media Console App

  1. If you haven’t already clicked through to BC Libraries, from the app’s home page tap the Get Books icon in the top right corner.  Tap on British Columbia Libraries.  This takes you to the website where you can browse for items.
  2. When you find an item you want, tap on it and then tap “Borrow”.  If you see "Place Hold" instead of "Borrow", the item is not currently available.  You can place a hold if you wish, then return to searching for an available title.
  3. After you enter your information, you will be taken to your account page. The title is now checked out to you. The next step is to download it.
  4. You can complete the download at any time during the loan period by signing in to your account and going to the Bookshelf section. Select a format if necessary and tap the download button. The book will begin to download.  EPUB eBooks take only a moment; audiobooks take significantly longer. Connect to a wifi network to save data for audiobooks.
  5. Once the title is downloaded, tap on "Bookshelf".
  6. Then tap on the title to read or listen.

Watch these videos that explain how to download to your specific device:

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*Please note that the eBook collection is hosted on a Third Party website with its own set of privacy policies.

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About the eBook, audioBook, and eMagazine Service

Last Updated March 26, 2021

Page is being updated!!

What is Libby?

Libby is a free downloadable app that offers a collection of  eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines for free download.

Where to find Libby?


or from the link on the home page of our website:

What Devices are Libby Compatible With?

  • Android Devices (Tablets & Phones)
  • Apple Devices (iPods, iPads, and iPhones)

Questions? Access Libby Support by going to this link


Library 2 go  is a provincially-run service for borrowing audioBooks and eBooks.
(Sometimes the service is referred to as OverDrive because that’s the name of the software used to run it.)

How many eBooks or audioBooks can I sign out with Library2go?

You can borrow 5 items at a time and check them out for 7, 14 or 21 days at a time.

How do I return an item?

Items are automatically returned (or expired).  They’ll still appear on your device, but will no longer be available.  You can either delete the title then or borrow it again.

Can I renew items?

No, but you can borrow the item again or place a hold on it.

Can I place a hold?

Yes, you can place holds on up to 5 items at a time.  You’ll receive an email when the hold is ready and will have 3 days to download the title.  To cancel a hold, sign into your account, click the “Holds” link and click the “Remove” link for the title.

Will my mobile device work with Library 2 Go?

Most likely yes, but check this list of compatible devices.   Vancouver Public Library has also put together information on how to choose an eReader that suits your needs.

Where can I get more help?

Contact your library for help or browse through these Help pages.

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*Please note that the eBook collection is hosted on a Third Party website with its own set of privacy policies.