Digital Borrowing

What's Digital Borrowing?

Digital borrowing refers to borrowing an ebook or an e-audiobook through an online portal and using it on a digital device. An ebook is a digital, onscreen version of a published book, which is mostly text but can sometimes have sound and links to resources embedded in them. An e-audiobook is the digital version of a book on CD, so you can listen to a spoken word book being read to you through your computer or portable digital device. Digital audio and ebooks provide another great way to learn & enjoy reading!

What do I need to borrow a digital book?

To allow students & staff to borrow ebooks or e-audiobooks, Halton District School Board has partnered with OverDrive Inc., an online platform that allows it's users to borrow and download digital books 24/7.

To borrow a digital book, you need;

  • your own computer or mobile device that has an Internet connection, like an iPad, tablet, or phone

  • your school library barcode which is available from the school librarian if you don't already have it

  • and some free software from OverDrive

Where do I access OverDrive?

For students, you can access OverDrive by going here and clicking on the tab that says "Search for E-Resources", then clicking on OverDrive under the Book Resources heading. Here you will find age appropriate and curriculum related titles.

For staff, you can access OverDrive by logging into MyHDSB and selecting the Library Apps icon from the tray at the bottom of the screen, then clicking on the OverDrive icon. Here you will find all titles in the HDSB OverDrive catalogue.

Alternatively, you can access the complete HDSB audio & ebook collection directly at

How do I use OverDrive?

1. Navigate to the OverDrive site.

2. Browse for a book you want to read, and check it out using your HDSB login and password.

3. Download the title to your computer or mobile device. Certain titles are available to read online in your browser (Internet Explorer generally does not allow this feature).

4. Enjoy your book by listening or reading offline without the worry of overdue notices!

How many books can I borrow?

Staff & students may each borrow 10 eBooks or e-audiobooks from OverDrive. This is in addition to the books & resources you may borrow from the school library. You may have 3 titles on hold at a time.

What can I find in my account?

To manage your digital reading, you can click on the Account icon. This is will take you to your account page, where you can see what books you have checked out, the status of any holds you may have placed on digital books you want to borrow, when your books are due and lists of books that you have placed on your wishlist, rated, are recommended for you based on your previous checkouts, and that you have recommended to others.

What software do I need to read my digital books?

There are two programs that you will need to be able to read or listen to the digital books you've borrowed. The first time you borrow a book, you will be prompted to download these two programs

OverDrive Media Console

This free software allows you to download your digital audiobooks to your computer, and listen to your e-audiobooks on your computer. It also allows you to move your e-audiobooks onto your digital devices.

Media Console for Windows supports MP3 and WMA audiobooks.

Media Console for mobile devices supports EPUB ebooks and MP3 audiobooks.

Media Console for Mac supports MP3 audiobooks.

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions is free software that allows you to download your ebooks to your computer and read them. It also allows you to move your ebooks onto your digital devices.

I need help!

If you need help downloading, borrowing books, placing holds, or recommending books you can visit the OverDrive help section right here get answers. If you need help using the OverDrive app or using digital books on a specific device or operating system, you can go here for help. Or you can visit the library for help from one of the library staff!