Download Library Books to Kobo eReader

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Are you planning to use your Kobo to read even more ebooks? Thanks to Kobo's partnership with OverDrive, you can access your local library books on your Kobo eReader with your local library books. You don't have to limit yourself too buying them from your favorite ebook vendors.

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How to add library books to kobo eReader? Can I download library books directly to kobo device? How to fix the issue that the kobo not downloading library books? To get all these questions answered, keep reading.

Part 1. How to download library books to kobo eReader directly

  • As for borrowing books, you can do it over the overdrive website, libby app or even the built-in overdrive feature on your kobo. The easiest way to borrow eBooks from your public library is using the built-in OverDrive feature on your Kobo eReader.
  • It should be noted that not all libraries support the OverDrive lending system.
  • You can download the library books to your kobo eReader through the built-in Overdrive features.

Before downloading library book to your kobo devices, we have to borrow the library books at first. Let's take the advantage of the built-in OverDrive feature. With OverDrive on the Kobo eReader, all you need is a library card and a Wi Fi connection to borrow eBooks from the library.

Since the built-in OverDrive feature is only available in some area and not all kobo devices. I list them in case your device is not included, or you are not in the compatible areas. Please don't worry. If you are not in this case, please download OverDrive books to computer and transfer them to kobo device.

The built-in OverDrive feature for kobo eReader is only available in the following areas: Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore.

The built-in OverDrive feature is only available for these Kobo eReaders:
• Kobo Clara 2E
• Kobo Sage
• Kobo Libra 2
• Kobo Elipsa
• Kobo Nia
• Kobo Libra H2O
• Kobo Forma
• Kobo Aura ONE
• Kobo Aura Edition 2
• Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2
• Kobo Clara HD

Step 1 get a valid library card from your local library and an active wifi internet connection.

Step 2 On the Home Screen of Kobo device, tap "More" icon at the bottom>>Settings>>OverDrive>>Tap Get Started. Then tap "Create aacount" to create an OverDrive account or tap "sign in to OverDrive" to find your library and sign with your library card, facebooks, or an existing OverDrive account.


After you've signed into your library, you can borrow books on your kobo eReader.

Step 3 On Home screen, tap "Discover" at the bottom, search for the book that you'd like to borrow.

Step 4 Tap on the book title or cover that you'd like to borrow. Tap "..." icon and then "Borrow with OverDrive".

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Step 5 After you borrow books from OverDrive, click "My Books" at the bottom of the screen. Then tap "Filter" near the top of the screen, and then tap "OverDrive" to display all books you've borrowed using OverDrive.

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Step 6 Tap the book cover to download library books to kobo eReader.

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Watch the tutorial to learn how to borrow and download library books to kobo eReader

This is how to borrow and download library books to kobo eReader directly. You can also borrow library books via web browser and libby app. Then sync the books via OverDrive on your Kobo device.


Part 2. How to transfer library books to kobo from computer

Many newer Kobo models include built-in OverDrive support, but not all kobo devices have this feature. This doesn't mean that you cannot download library book to your kobo devices. Still with the help of Adobe Digital Editions, you can sync the downloaded library books to kobo eReaders.

Step 1 On a computer, go to libbyapp.com. Add your library and card, if needed. Then Sign In With My Library Card. When asked, select your library and enter your Library card number and password.

Step 2 Search for a title or author, or browse the collection. Titles saying Place Hold are currently checked out – you can place a hold and you will be emailed when it is available.

Step 3 Select an available title and click Borrow. You can borrow up to five items at a time.

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Step 4 From your Shelf, click Manage Loan > Send to Device > Download DRM File. Open the file in Adobe Digital Editions.


Step 5 Connect your eReader to your PC, it should appear in Adobe Digital Editions under Devices. Click and drag the eBook to your eReader device to transfer it.


Note: Your title will automatically expire on the due date, or you can renew if there are no holds on it. If you finish it early, you can return it from Adobe Digital Editions.


Part 3. Frequently asked questions on downloading library books to kobo

Question 1: OverDrive book not showing up on kobo

Answer: It may be a compatibility issue. The compatibility error refers to a common issue where a book available at a public library has a Product ID that is different from the one we have at Kobo but the ISBNs are the same. The Kobo store has to offer the exact same ISBN as the library. Because of this issue, the book won't sync over OverDrive and you need to use ADE to sideload the book.

Question 2: Can I borrow from different libraries?

Answer: You can borrow from different libraries, but your Kobo only supports 1 library on board so you can't configure two library accounts simultaneously.

To borrow from different libraries, follow the steps below:

1. Download Libby on your phone, set up your account, and add the multiple libraries there.

2. Verify your variously borrowed ebooks all show up in Libby under your account.

3. Go back to Kobo device, navigate to the OverDrive login from the home screen by tapping “More” in the bottom-right corner of the screen, tapping “Settings”, then “OverDrive”. If you are already logged in, tap the “Sign out” text under “Overdrive Account” and confirm to sign out.

4. Tap “Get Started” to sign in, create account or sign in, choose one of your libraries. On the page that says “Sign in with your library card”, scroll down and tap the “Sign in with OverDrive” button that was hidden behind the keyboard and sign in with your OverDrive credentials.

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5.Close the success window, navigate back to the OverDrive page in settings and add your library card for the listed library. Follow steps above steps for adding each additional library card. Adding your library card after logging into OverDrive saves the card info to your OverDrive account. It also saves your library card info directly onto your device.

Question 3: Can I borrow books with kobo desktop application?

Answer: You can’t borrow books with the Kobo Books app.

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