Checking Out Ebooks from DPS
The Denver Public School libraries have purchased a large collection of ebooks and audiobooks, most of which are available to George Washington students. Our ebook collection makes checking out, reading, and returning books easy, and you can access the books from multiple devices. Many of the books we have digitally are not available as physical copies, and the DPS ebook collection is the best place to go when you can’t find what you’re looking for on our shelves.
George Washington has access to a number of ebook resources through the district, all of which can be found HERE. OverDrive is GW’s primary collection, and will likely be the most useful for high school readers.
How to Use OverDrive
OverDrive is an enormous collection of ebooks and audiobooks that DPS students can access using the same school credentials used to access Student Portal. To log in, use your six-digit ID number. Your password is your eight-digit birthday (mmddyyyy), or the custom password you chose in Infinite Campus.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll see the OverDrive home page.
You can browse the titles listed on the home page, click the ‘help’ icon for tutorials and FAQs, or click the ‘account’ icon to see your checked out books or adjust your OverDrive settings.
Most importantly, the OverDrive home page has links to the many different ways to browse the DPS collection of ebooks and audiobooks. You can enter a search term in the white box labeled ‘search’ toward the upper right of the page, or use the ‘advanced search’ link underneath to enter more specific search criteria. You can also browse the available ebooks by subject, collection, or reading level, using the links below the blue header.
For example, if I wanted to find books about folklore, I could click the ‘subject’ link and find ‘folklore’ in the list.
A search or advanced search results page will look similar to this ‘search by subject’ results page.
From the results page, you can browse relevant titles and choose some to investigate further. Clicking on a title will bring you to the catalog listing for the book.
From here, you can learn more about the book, read reviews, see related titles that might also interest you, and check out the book. If the blue button says ‘borrow,’ the book is available immediately. If the button says ‘place a hold,’ the book is checked out to someone else; you can place a hold to have the book automatically checked out to you as soon as it’s available.
Once you borrow the book, you can access it by clicking the ‘account’ icon at the top of the page and viewing your checkouts. You can read or listen to the book in your browser using OverDrive, or you can download several different file formats to use on your own devices. If you’re not sure which file format to use, you can visit the OverDrive help page and click ‘reading titles’ for more information.
If you want to return the book before it’s due, click ‘return title’ under its listing on your checkout page, or follow the instructions for the file format you chose to download. If there are no other holds on the title, you will also have the option to renew it a few days before it’s due. If you do nothing, the book will automatically check back on the day that it’s due, and you’ll lose access, allowing other students to check out the title.
Accessing OverDrive Through LION
To navigate from LION to OverDrive, find the ‘items’ section and click on ‘click to access digital title.’ You’ll still need to log in to OverDrive with your DPS credentials, but after logging in, you’ll be taken directly to the OverDrive listing for the book you chose in LION.
Once you’ve checked out an ebook through OverDrive, you can read it in a number of different ways. The easiest are using the OverDrive app, and reading in your browser.
To use OverDrive on your phone, download the free application from your carrier’s app store. When you open the app for the first time, you’ll be prompted to either sign up for an OverDrive account, or sign in. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find a third option, asking if you’re under 13 years of age or using OverDrive through your school. Select that third option.
Once you’ve indicated that you’re using OverDrive through your school, you’ll be asked to ‘add a library.’ Search for ‘Denver Public Schools’ and choose DPS from the drop-down menu. Once you do, you’ll be asked to sign in with your usual ID number and password. After signing in, you’ll have access to all of your checked out ebooks on your mobile device.
If you want to read in your browser window, log in to the DPS OverDrive website and click ‘account’ in the upper right corner of the page. Choose the book you want to read from your list of checked out items and click the blue ‘Read in your Browser’ button to the right of the cover image.
Clicking the blue button opens OverDrive’s in-browser e-reader. You can access the full book from your browser. In addition, clicking in the upper left hand corner will open a menu with options to let you navigate the book and customize the reader; you can jump between chapters, bookmark passages, and edit the reader display settings to your preferences. The ‘Reading Settings’ tab also includes accommodations for readers with Dyslexia.
If you have a Kindle or other variety of e-reader, you can choose to download a Kindle file or EPUB file of the book and read it on your device. To choose a format, click the green ‘Download (select one format)’ dropdown menu, and choose the file type you’d like to download. Choosing Kindle will take you to Amazon’s website, where you can download your library book. Choosing EPUB will download the file directly from OverDrive. Choose carefully, as you’re only able to select one file type per checkout.
Choosing an alternate file type may also impact how you return your e-book, if you want to return it prior to its automatic due date. Normally, you can just click ‘Return this Book’ underneath its listing on your account page, but downloading an ebook file removes that option; learn how to return books you’ve downloaded HERE.
If you have any questions about OverDrive, or any of our other digital resources, don’t hesitate to stop by the library. We’re happy to help!