Need help using WV READS? The following links may be of use for you. If these do not help, feel free to call UCPL at (304)473-4219, or come in and ask for help with setting your device or smartphone up.
Overdrive on a computer - Use these steps to borrow and enjoy digital titles from your library on your Windows or Mac Computer.
Overdrive Listen - With OverDrive Listen, you can borrow audiobooks and listen to them right in your browser with a single click - no software or downloads required.
Overdrive Read - With OverDrive READ, you can borrow eBooks amd read them right in your browser with a single click - no software or downloads required.
Libby Smartphone/Tablet App - How to use the Libby app on Android or iOS smartphones, Chromebook, iPads, Kindle Fire or Nook Tablets, and Windows 8+
Overdrive Smartphone/Tablet app - How to use the Overdrive Smartphone app on Android or iOS devices.
Overdrive for eReaders - You can borrow eBooks from your library and transfer them to compatible eReaders using free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software on your computer.
Kindle Fire users, please use these instructions as an alternative to the above.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is OverDrive? - Overdrive is a digital management company that hosts and distributes the library's electronic database of eBooks, audio books, and streaming videos.
- What is the OverDrive Media Console App and why do I need it? - The Overdrive Media Console app is designed to work on any tablet and simplifies the process of borrowing library eBooks and reading them on your device.
- How do I download eBooks? - Follow the instructions above for your specific device(s).
- Why do I need an Adobe ID? - Many eBooks contain Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection that protects the book from being shared with others. Your Adobe ID is used to authorize the book to your email address so that it is not locked on a single computer, but can be shared across your devices that are authorized with the same ID.
- Why isn't my library card number working? - Please check to make sure that you are entering your barcode number exactly as it is printed on the back of your library card number. If you are entering your barcode number correctly and you are still unable to logon, please call the Upshur County Public Library at 304-473-4219.
- Can I check out library books on my Kindle? - Yes! Most of our eBook collection is available in both ePub format and Kindle format so that they may be enjoyed across a wide range of devices. If you check a book out in Kindle format, it can also be read in the Kindle app on a variety of devices.
- What is WV READS? - WV READS is a digital library consortium with member libraries representing many different counties throughout the state of West Virginia. The collection has many different eBook, audio book, and streaming video titles to choose from. If you would like to see something we do not have in our Overdrive collection, ask at the circulation desk for it to be ordered.
- Can I return a library eBook before it has expired? - Yes! The process varies depending on the type of device and format of the eBook. For more instructions, please look at the tutorials above.
- Can I renew a library eBook? - Yes! Three days before your eBook is set to expire, a renew option will appear on your bookshelf in your WV READS account screen. However, if another patron has placed a hold on the book, you will not be given an option to renew.
- Why doesn't the library have the book I want to borrow? - Our annual budget has a portion set aside to purchase eBooks and audio books to add to the WV READS collection. However, not all publishers have made their eBook publications available to libraries. Not all eBooks are published at the same time as the print edition. As interest in eBooks has increased, many publishers have revisited their earlier publications and purchased the rights to publish their earlier books in electronic format, but many of those earlier editions are still forthcoming, so the library may have more recent books in a series, but not the earlier volumes.
- All of the eBooks I want to checkout have already been borrowed. Why is this when digital copies are unlimited? - We purchase eBooks just as we purchase print books: one copy at a time. Most eBook publishers prefer to sell their books this way, rather than allowing an indefinite number of downloads. If there is a lot of demand for a single title, then the library will purchase more copies. Recent releases have the highest demand within the collection, but there are many other books to read. Try refining your search to show only those books that are available now and don't hesitate to place a hold on the book you would like to read. A large number of holds on a book indicates to the library that it should consider purchasing additional copies to meet the demand.