OverDrive is a system by which current Cornell students, faculty and staff can check out and download e-books and audio books.

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Lending periods

eBooks: 7, 14, 21, or 28 days

Audiobooks: 7, 14, or 21 days

Maximum number of titles that can be checked out at any one time: 3

Time items stay in cart (before checkout): 60 minutes

Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees.


Items are available in four formats:

  • Kindle and EPub for ebooks
  • MP3 and WMA for audiobooks

In order to utilize the Kindle format, users must have an Amazon account and either a Kindle device or app.

In order to use the EPub format on your PC, users must have an Adobe Digital Editions account.

The MP3 format and WMA audio require the use of the Overdrive Media Console.