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Downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks
Roanoke Valley Libraries is pleased to offer free downloadable audiobooks and eBooks from OverDrive, a well-established digital lending service based in Cleveland, OH.

With a valid library card, you can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere to your PC, Mac, or compatible mobile device from Roanoke Valley Libraries’ new virtual branch. Titles downloaded to a home computer can be used immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including Sony Reader, NOOK, most Apple and Android products, and many others. Compatibility with Amazon’s Kindle is scheduled for later this year. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen while “on the go.” Here’s how to get started:

What You Need
  • An Internet connection via PC, Mac, or select mobile devices. OverDrive has a complete list of compatible devices on their website. 
  • A valid Roanoke Valley Libraries card. 
  • Free downloadable software that will allow you to interface with the OverDrive lending service: 
    • For audiobooks on PC, Mac, and mobile devices, you’ll need OverDrive Media Console. 
    • For eBooks on PC, Mac, and many eBook devices, you’ll need Adobe Digital Editions.

        Both of these can be found on Roanoke Valley Libraries’ OverDrive website.

How It Works
Step 1: Browse
  1. Browse your library's website at
  2. Search by title, subject, author, or format.
Step 2: Check Out
  1. Add selections to your ‘Cart.’ If a title is not available, you may place a hold. You’ll receive an email when the title is available. 
  2. Click on the ‘Proceed to Checkout’ link.
Step 3: Download ... enjoy! 
  1. Click the ‘Download’ button under each title to launch the software. See ‘What You Need’ for required software. 
  2. Once downloaded, enjoy immediately or transfer to a variety of devices, including iPod, Sony Reader, and other devices.

Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

Transfer to a Mobile Device
After download, most titles can be transferred to a mobile device. First connect your device, then: 
  1. For audio and video, click the ‘Transfer’ button in OverDrive Media Console to launch the Transfer Wizard and follow the onscreen prompts. For eBooks in Adobe Digital Editions, drag and drop the title onto the device name on the left panel. 
  2. After transfer is complete, you may disconnect your device and enjoy your title on the go.

Return an eBook Early on a Nook
  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions and select ‘Library View.’ 
  2. Under the ‘Bookshelves’ heading, select ‘Borrowed’ and click the book you wish to return. 
  3. Click the ‘Item Options’ arrow in the upper left-hand corner of the selected eBook. 
  4. Select ‘Return Borrowed Item.’ 
  5. Click ‘Return’ to verify that you want to return the eBook.

Return an eBook Early on a Kindle
  1. Go to
  2. Log into your account.
  3. Click on Kindle in the list on the left.
  4. Click on Manage You Kindle.
  5. Find the book you want to return in the list.
  6. Click on Actions to the right of the title.
  7. Choose "Return this book."