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Overdrive is an online platform that allows users to borrow and read ebooks. As a complement to the print Browsing Collection, the collection consists of popular and casual reading, bestsellers, and titles recommended by Vassar students, faculty, and staff.


Some useful information:

  • Login with your Vassar credentials.

  • You can read online, on the Overdrive ebook reader, Libby, or the Kindle app

  • Checkout is for 14 days, after which the book will be automatically returned. Books can be returned anytime before that.

  • You can borrow up to 5 books at a time.

  • The books in Overdrive are only available to one person at a time.

  • Recommending titles for purchase in Overdrive is easy!

  • Overdrive titles are not in Library Search, so check the Libby app frequently for new additions.

Overdrive is fun and quite easy to use, but if you'd like to read the help documentation, it's here:

Overdrive contains only a small portion of ebooks accessible from the library. Hundreds of books from other ebook vendors are findable in Library Search, many of which can be used by multiple readers simultaneously.

Problems Connecting? Make sure you have the appropriate device or computer version. If you cannot access the content you want, please reach out at the email address below. Remember: You can usually read Overdrive content right in the browser!

If you have comments, suggestions, or questions, please feel free to email Debra Bucher,


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