Ebooks and Audiobooks

OverDrive is a system by which current Cornell students, faculty and staff can check out and download e-books and audiobooks.

Lending periods

  • eBooks: 7, 14, 21, or 28 days
  • Audiobooks: 7, 14, or 21 days

Maximum number of titles that can be checked out at any one time: 3

Time items stay in cart (before checkout): 60 minutes

Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees.


Items are available in four formats:

  • Kindle and EPub for ebooks
  • MP3 and WMA for audiobooks

There are multiple options for accessing ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive:

  • Install the new Libby app to download books to a computer, phone or other device
  • Read or listen online directly through your computer browser with OverDrive Read
  • Use your Amazon account and either a Kindle device or app to download Kindle formats 

In addition to Cornell’s OverDrive offerings you can sign up for a Tompkins County Public Library Card to take advantage of their collection.

New York State residents may also apply for a New York Public Library Card for access to NYPL OverDrive content.