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About eLibraries Manitoba

What’s this service called?

It’s called eLibraries Manitoba and is a provincially-run service.   Sometimes, the service is referred to as OverDrive because that’s the name of the software used to run it, or Libby, because that’s the name of an app you can use to read or listen to your downloaded books.  On the eLibraries Manitoba page, you can search for and download eBooks and audioBooks, place holds on digital titles, and recommend digital titles for purchase to Public Library Services, the provincial body that runs eLibraries Manitoba.

How many eBooks or audioBooks can I sign out?

You can borrow 15 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. You can also “return” the book from your My Account page.

Can I renew items?

You can renew items if there are no existing holds. The option to renew a title becomes available three days before the title is set to expire and appears next to the title on your Bookshelf under your library Account. You can only use the renew feature once for each title you’ve borrowed.

Can I place a hold?

Yes, you can place holds on up to 10 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 OverDrive?

Most likely yes, but check this list of compatible devices.

How many devices can I sign into with the same account?

You can sign into the OverDrive app to access your borrowed titles with up to six devices.

Where can I get more help?

Contact your library for help or browse through these Help pages. *Please note that the eBook collection is hosted on a Third Party website with its own set of privacy policies.

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