How to Check Out
E-books from the
Library for Your E-reader or Mobile Device
The Anderson County Library has a growing collection of e-books that you can check out for use on a variety of reading devices, such as the Kindle, Nook, and iPad.
e-book borrowing requires a library Card.
These instructions will focus on our downloadable e-books,
which are provided to the Library through a service called
process for checking out e-books will be different depending on
whether you are using a Kindle e-reader, a Nook or other supported e-reader, or a
smart phone or tablet.
E-books checked out from the Library are readable for 14 days.
You can check out up to 8 e-books (or digital audio books) at a
time. When an item expires, it will be automatically returned and
will no longer be viewable on your computer or e-reader. (You may
need to manually delete the e-book from your computer or device
after it has expired.)
As is the case with physical books, libraries own a limited
number of copies of any given e-book. If all copies of the e-book
you’re searching for have been checked out, the record will still
display, and you can place a hold on it.
Who can download e-books?
E-books can be downloaded with a library card in good
standing, that is you do not owe over $10 in fines, have more than 5 overdue items
out, and are not blocked for any other reason.
Patrons whose home library is not the Anderson County
Library, those patrons from Abbeville, Oconee, Greenville, and Pickens
counties may not use OverDrive. To obtain access, check with your home
library to see if they use OverDrive, or purchase the Non-Resident card for
Where can I download e-books?
You MAY download e-books using your home computer or
portable, wi-fi-enabled device anywhere inside or outside the
Due to legal issues, you MAY NOT
download e-books using a Library public computer.
The Anderson County Library’s OverDrive collection, which
currently contains Adobe PDF, Adobe EPUB, and Kindle e-books, is
supported by most e-readers and devices.
The following devices work with the Anderson County
Library’s e-book collection:
Barnes & Noble Nook
iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (with installation of app)
If you have an e-reader or device not listed above, visit
OverDrive’s list of all compatible devices to find out whether
your device will work with the Library’s e-books.
The Anderson County Library offers
Kindle versions of many of its e-books. These e-books work on
both the Kindle e-reader and on any mobile device or computer
through a Kindle app such as the
Kindle Cloud Reader.
In order to read the Library's e-books on a
1st Edition Nook or Nook Simple Edition, Kobo, or other more "traditional" e-reader, you must download and install the third party software program Adobe Digital Editions on the
computer you will be using with your e-reader. If you have a Nook Color, Tablet,
or HD, please follow instructions below.
You can use the Library’s e-books on popular mobile devices
such as the Apple iPhone and iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nook Color/Tablet/HD or Xoom
Tablet. Computer syncing is not required; e-books can be
delivered directly to your device through the free Overdrive
Media Console app.
Search your device's app store for the Overdrive Media
Console app and install it on your phone.
Authorize the app with your Adobe ID (tap "Register at
Adobe.com" if you do not have one).
Tap "Get Books," then "Add a Website" and search for the
Anderson County Library in South Carolina. Tap the star icon to
add it to your favorites, then tap the ">" arrow to launch the
Search or browse the OverDrive catalog for an e-book.
Tap "Add to cart" and "Proceed to checkout."
Tap "Confirm check out" and enter your Library card number.
Tap "Download" to get the e-book.
Your e-book launches in the OverDrive app. Swipe pages to
read, and tap the center of any page for menus.
Your eBooks will be returned automatically after 7 or 14 days,
depending on what you selected during checkout. They will never become
“overdue.” However, you may choose to return them early, in order to free up one
of your four checkouts, or to make them available to other patrons.
Using Adobe Digital Editions. To return an e-book early:
Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer
In the "Library View," click on the book you want to return
Click the triangular button next to the title to open the Item Options window
Click on "Return Borrowed Item"
To return an eBook early using Overdrive Media Console:
Open the Overdrive Media Console app on your device.
Tap the “plus” symbol to the right of the book’s cover.
Tap “Return then Delete.”
Here are the basic instructions to return a Kindle e-book.
An eBook checked out on the Kindle is returned through Amazon. Go to
www.amazon.com, and from the Kindle menu on the right, select “Manage Your Kindle”.
Sign in to your Amazon account.
Select the “Actions” dropdown menu next to the book you want to return.
(Tip: the words “public library” will appear next to any library e-books)
From the menu, select “Return this book”.
Select “Yes” to return the book.
After you return the book, it will still show in Your Kindle Library list. To remove it from the list, select Actions again, and from the dropdown menu select “Delete from library”.
Due to the nature of technology and the publishing industry,
the world of e-books and e-readers is always changing. Check this
area regularly for troubleshooting tips and updates as they are
Note: If you still get the error message after
reinstalling ADE and reauthorizing your computer and your
Nook, you may need to reset your Nook to factory
settings and start over. Do this under the Settings
menu on your Nook. Be sure to back up any books you have
previously saved to your device by copying them to your
computer manually, as this function will wipe your Nook’s