Go to the App store on your device.
Search for “Overdrive” and tap “Get” to download the “Overdrive” App.
Open the app and select “Sign In” (or “Sign Up” if this is your first time using overdrive).
Tap “Sign in using library card”.
Search for “Helen Hall Library” and then tap on “Helen Hall Library” (It should be the first result of your search).
This will direct you to the Houston Area Digital Media Catalog (HADMC) sign in screen.
Select “Helen Hall Library” from the drop-down menu, then enter in your library card number without the spaces (Your number will begin with 2304600…).
Next, you’ll need to add your library by tapping
Search for “Helen Hall Library”, tap on “Helen Hall Library”, then tap on “Houston Area Digital Media Catalog”. This will direct you to the HADMC home page.
Tap “Sign In” and log in by selecting “Helen Hall Library” from the drop-down menu and entering in your library card number. Overdrive is now ready to use
You can have up to 15 titles checked out at one time on overdrive. Titles checkout for 2 weeks at a time.
If you want to check out a title that isn’t available, you can place a hold on it. This will put you on the waiting list for this title. You can only have 10 titles on hold at a time, so be selective about what you place on hold.
When your hold is available, Overdrive will send you an email. Depending on your settings, your hold will either be automatically checked out to you (on your “Loans” page), or you will have to manually check it out from your “Holds” page. To get to your “Holds” page:
In overdrive you get the option to renew materials only within the last three days that you have them checked out.
To renew a title:
If the title you want to renew is on a holds list, you won’t be able to renew it. If you want to continue reading the book, you’ll have to put yourself back on hold for the title and wait for it to become available again.
Titles will automatically delete off of your device when they expire, but if you would like to return a title early follow these steps:
If you have already placed your allotted 10 holds, you can put a title on your wish list to save it for later. Your wish list can have up to 5,000 items on it and you can add titles to it by clicking the icon underneath the title.
*These instructions are specific to iPhone/iPad users, however, they can also be used for any smart phone. The only difference is where you download the app from (App store, Google play store, etc.)
Important information to keep in mind:
You can check out up to 15 titles at one time
You may have up to 10 titles on hold, and 5,000 titles on your wish list
Since titles automatically delete when they expire, there are no fees/fines you can accrue through overdrive
You can’t renew items until 3 days before they’re due
Items on hold can’t be renewed
The default checkout period is 2 weeks