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E-Readers at the Palisades Free Library: Getting Started with Android Tablets and Smartphones

Did you know? The library has e-readers available! Have your own device and want to download eBooks and audiobooks from the library? We can help with that, too!

Getting Started with Android Tablets and Smartphones

You can use the OverDrive app to borrow and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from the library on your Android device. Learn how to get started, search for a title, borrow & download, and place a hold by clicking on the tabs below.

Android Tablets and Smartphones

Step 1: Download the free OverDrive app from the Google Play Store.


Step 2: Open the OverDrive app and  follow the prompts to create an OverDrive account and log in. If you’re under 13, tap “Continue” under “Under 13 years old or using Overdrive through your school?” instead.

* Limitations of using the under-13 option:

· If you download an eBook, you won't be able to download it on other devices.

· If you need to reinstall the app, you'll get a new under-13 authorization, which means you won't be able to download any borrowed eBooks that you previously downloaded (unless you check them out again).


Step 3: In the OverDrive app, swipe from left to right to open the Home menu. Then tap  and  search for the Palisades Free Library. You can search by name, town, or ZIP code.

· Tap on Ramapo Catskill Library System to save it to your library list.


Step 1: Open the OverDrive app and tap

to open the Home menu. Then tap Ramapo Catskill Library System.


Step 2: Tap on     at the top of the screen to log in with your library barcode and PIN number. By default, your PIN number is the last four digits of the phone number associated with your library record.

*Signing in allows you to view and access additional   Advantage titles available only to Palisades Free Library patrons. If you do not want to type in your library barcode every time you sign in, make sure the box next to “Remember my card on this device” is checked.


Step 3: Tap  to start browsing. You can browse by collection, format, or subject. You can also search for a specific title or author by using the search box:

*You can filter your search by format, subject, publisher, device, etc. To limit results to only titles you can check out now, tap AVAILABLE NOW.                                                                                

*The icons on the top of the book cover indicate if a title is available:

Step 1: To borrow a title on your Android device, tap on the book cover of the eBook or audiobook you want to check out (or tap on   

*If you did not previously sign in, the app will prompt you to sign in with your library barcode and PIN number.


Step 2: Tap


Step 3: Tap  to go to your Loans.


Step 4: Tap Choose a Format and select EPUB eBook:

*To download an audiobook to your Android device, tap ADD TO APP (MP3 audiobook).


Step 5:  To begin reading your eBook, access the Home Menu by swiping left to right or tapping on in the upper left corner.

Then tap

Tap the cover of the eBook or audiobook to begin enjoying!  


Titles that are currently unavailable can be placed on hold.


Step 1: Tap


You will receive an email notification when the item becomes available.  You will have 3 days from the time you receive the email to borrow the title or select the option to have it delivered later. The "deliver later" option keeps you at the front of the wait list but passes that copy of the title to the next person in line.


If you take no action on an available hold: The "deliver after seven days" option will be automatically applied at the end of the three-day pickup window. You'll stay at the front of the wait list. The current copy will go to the next person in line.


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Palisades Free Library

19 Closter Road

Palisades, NY 10964