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Am I able to read books on my iPad?

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2016  |  20 Views
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Thanks for asking! Yes, absolutely. There are a number of different ways you can borrow e-books from our library and read them on your iPad. To get started, you'll want to be sure that you have your library card number and 4-digit PIN.

Most iPad users find that the most effective way to borrow and read ebooks is with the Overdrive App. Overdrive is a company that works with many libraries to manage their digital collections. The Overdrive App is free on the Apple App Store. Install it on your iPad through the App Store, open it up, and follow the setup instructions to connect the App to the Omaha Public Library collection. 

Once the setup is done, you can use the Overdrive app to search our collection of ebooks, check them out using your library card, and download them to your iPad so you can read them when you don't have an active Internet connection. When you borrow an ebook, it's licensed for a particular time - 7 or 14 days, which is a setting you can change in your ebook account. At the end of that period the loan expires and the book is automatically "returned" and deleted from your account and the app. There's nothing you need to do to return it, and there's no way for them to be "overdue", so there are no costs to you associated with using library ebooks. 

Most of the tricky stuff is up front - once you've gone through the process a few times it will come pretty naturally. Don't hesitate to bring your iPad to your neighborhood library. All of our locations should have staff that can show you how to get started. There are also good help articles available from our website at Try this one on getting started with an iOS device, this one on borrowing books on your iPad, and this one which discusses some of the options for registering/authorizing the Overdrive app when you first set it up. 

As I said, there are a couple other ways you can go, too - if you would like to try out the ebook collection without installing the Overdrive App, you can go straight to, check out an ebook with your library card and PIN, and read it in your Safari browser using the Overdrive Read option. If you are a regular user of's services, or would also like to read on a Kindle device, there is an option to borrow ebooks licensed for Kindle Apps, as well. 

Give us a call at 402-444-4800 or visit your local library if you have any trouble, and thanks for using AskOPL! 

Answered by Mark SorensenBookmark and Share

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