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eBooks and eMagazines: Getting Started

Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks available anytime and from anywhere you have internet access—free with your library card!

OverDrive App

Use the OverDrive app to checkout free eBooks and eAudiobooks.

EPUB eBooks and MP3 eAudiobooks are available for Androids, iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, Kindle Fires, and Nook Tablets

The library offers free eBooks and eAudiobooks through a service called OverDrive. There are no late fees. Titles are returned automatically when the checkout period expires or may be returned early. Ten items may be borrowed at a time.

What you will need

  • Free OverDrive App
  • Valid Fairfax County library card
  • Internet connection

One-Time Install

  1. Download the OverDrive app from your device’s app store.
  2. Tap Sign Up, then Sign up using library card. In the Location field, type your zip code and then select a library branch.
  3. Enter your library card number and password, then tap Sign In.
  4. Select the Add a title button to enter the Fairfax County Public Library OverDrive catalog. You may also enter the OverDrive catalog through the app’s Home menu button at the top left of the screen and selecting Fairfax County Public Library.

NOTE: If you borrow a title directly from our catalog, you will want to download the title directly from the OverDrive app or

Search, borrow and download eBooks and eAudiobooks

  1. From the OverDrive app’s Home menu, tap Fairfax County Public Library to open the catalog.
  2. Search for a title or author or tap the menu icon on the right to browse Subjects or Collections. Use Advanced Search for more options, or use the Filters to limit by format or availability.
  3. If the title is available, tap Borrow below the book cover. Enter your library card number if prompted. If preferred, check the box to remember your card number on the device.
  4. Titles are added to your Loans, which can be accessed through the book icon at the top of the screen. For eBooks, tap Download EPUB ebook. For eAudiobooks, select Download MP3 audiobook.
  5. To open your title, tap the menu icon in the top left to go to the app’s Bookshelf.


If a title is not available, tap Place a Hold below the book cover. Enter your library card number and password if prompted. After receiving notification that a hold is available, choose one of the following from within the OverDrive app:

1) Borrow the title with three days.
2) Select Deliver Later to stay at the front of the holds list while passing the book to the next person in line. After your chosen suspension period, you will be able to borrow the next available copy.
3) Cancel your hold.

If no action is taken within three days, your hold will be automatically suspended one time for seven days. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be automatically canceled.


In the App Bookshelf, tap and hold the cover to Return to Library. If a title has not yet been downloaded, it may be returned from the Loans page of the OverDrive catalog.


The option to Renew a title becomes available three days before the title is set to expire and appears under the title in your Loans. If others are waiting for the title, select Request again to join the waiting list.

OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen

You may also choose to listen to or read the title in your browser. OverDrive Listen is a streaming audiobook player, so you'll need an active internet connection to use it. If you'd like to listen to audiobooks without an internet connection, you can still use the OverDrive app to download and listen to the MP3 format.

Note: Using OverDrive Listen can consume a lot of data, so if you're on a mobile plan with a data cap, we recommend using a Wi-Fi connection when streaming on your mobile device to avoid data overages.

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