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Librarian eGuide : OverDrive

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About OverDrive

Have you seen MMSD's OverDrive site?

Access it at:

Your "Library Card Number" is your b#.

Your "PIN" is your network login password.


Browse around in it and get an idea of the types of things that we currently have available in e-book & audiobook format.

Under the "Collections" heading you can look at specialized collections, such as Professional Development titles, titles in Spanish, etc.

Simple Login Information

OverDrive Simple Logins are now live and available to use. This general login may be used for certain purposes where short-term checkout is preferred. A patron's regular login still works, this is just another option when using OverDrive.

Students and teachers can log in to your digital library website with the following credentials:

For Juvenile access

User ID: elem123

Password: abc

For Young Adult access

User ID: ms678

Password: mmsd

For Adult access

User ID: hs912

Password: madison


As a reminder, here are some important facts about OverDrive Simple Login:

  • Titles are automatically returned after two hours.
  • Titles with holds are filtered out of your collection.
  • Titles are available exclusively in the OverDrive Read format.
  • Each student will have a unique Bookshelf.
  • The lending model and digital rights will continue to be honored.

School Advantage Account information

Are you using some local school money to add titles to OverDrive? (Ex. PTO money, Title I money, book fair profits)  Then you may want to consider starting a School Advantage Account. 

Promo information from their website:

Become an OverDrive Advantage library and offer your patrons:
• reduced waiting lists on popular audiobooks, eBooks & more
• a custom collection of titles developed specifically for your community
• continued access to titles you share with other libraries

…all within the same digital library website they already use!

School Advantage Account Order Form

Fax your order form in & you will be contacted by a customer service support person who will help you get started. 

OverDrive Sora

Check out ebooks and audiobooks from your school library with SORA.

Access this resource by using ClassLink.

Accessing MMSD's OverDrive resources

Patron Training

OverDrive Help Videos:

Print half-sheets to help patrons use OverDrive with popular devices:

Marketing Tools

MMSD OverDrive Flyer (Print and display)

MMSD OverDrive Poster (Print and display)


MARKETING resources.


"K-12 Digital Library Best Practices"

 (Read online or print a copy for yourself)


Web graphics for your library website.


Templates for promoting OverDrive.

Images for Social Media promotion.



Which devices work with OverDrive?

Click the link to see the devices listed on the OverDrive site:

Print half-sheets with directions for getting started with popular devices:

Does there need to be permission to access OverDrive content for students 13 years or younger?
No. There is no need to get permission for students 13 years or younger (we don't get their permission to check out print books). Elementary students will only see books that are leveled for junvenile fiction or non-fiction. Students in MS will be able to see the juvenile and YA titles. HS students and adult patrons will be able to see all of the content from juvenile through adult selections.

Is there a way for the youngest students to have a generic user name and password to OverDrive?

Yes! Please see the left hand column for more information about "Simple Login" options

Can books be returned early when they have been checked out?

Also, see box to the right of this one!

Librarian Training

OverDrive has many on-demand learning webinars.

Under "Collection Development" you can find more information about the optional Advantage account for individual school sites.

Educator Resources:


Using Overdrive Marketplace to Order


OverDrive Ordering Directions for LMTS  (last updated 8/10/2018)

Browse available titles for purchase at:

You should have received an e-mail from OverDrive with your login information. Important: You have one week from the time you receive this email to activate this account.  If you need this e-mail resent, please e-mail to request it. SAVE this e-mail in case you ever need to look up the log in information in the future.

Although you can create a shopping cart for your school site, you can not order directly from OverDrive. Just like other book and AV library orders, Jan Opelt will be the one entering the orders into MUNIS. Please see the "OverDrive Ordering Directions for MMSD Librarians"  document (which is linked at the top of this box) for specific ordering details. 

Ordering from OverDrive Marketplace

Click the YouTube icon on the lower right side in order to watch it on a larger sized screen.

Requesting changes in access level for MMSD OverDrive titles

Use this form to request access level changes for patrons:

Requesting new titles in OverDrive

Returning books early

Librarians are set up as OverDrive administrators at their building. You may do certain administrative tasks, such as remove titles from a patron's bookshelf (items currently checked out). Login to OverDrive Marketplace with your username & password. From the main screen of OverDrive Marketplace > ‘Support’ tab > ‘Return titles’. You can search by barcode (user ID) or by title. Once you find the title that needs to be returned, put a checkmark next to it and select “Return title(s)”. This will remove the title from the patron’s account. 

Patrons can also early return titles (they don’t have to wait for the titles to automatically expire at the end of the lending period). Here’s an OverDrive Help article that details the process: