Download or View Online?
- Download if you plan to read the entire book on a phone, tablet, or Kindle.
- Read online if you plan to read a small section of the book or read the book on a laptop.
OverDrive ebooks provide the best reading experience for downloaded ebooks.
Desktop and Laptop users can read OverDrive ebooks in your web browser. Visit nu.overdrive.com
Kindle users should read Getting started with Kindle eReaders
Phone and Tablet App
- Install the OverDrive app from the App Store.
- Open the app
- If you get a page asking you to log in, click “Continue” at the very bottom of the first page
- Click the “Add a Title” or “Add a Library” box
- Search for “Northwest University”
- Choose “Northwest University” from the list on the next two screens
Login using your NU email address and password without @northwestu.edu
- The first 10% of every OverDrive book is available to read without checking out the book.
- Click the “Read Sample” button to avoid using your 5 checkouts on books you do not need.
Recommend to Library
- The recommend to library feature allows you to check out books the library does not currently own.
- You are allowed one request per month.
- The item you request will be place on hold for you the day after you place your request.
- Please do not request items available from your public library’s OverDrive collection.
OverDrive from the Public Library
- Many public libraries, including the King County and Sno-Isle systems, provide OverDrive ebooks.
- Public Library OverDrive collections include popular fiction and non-fiction titles which complement the NU Library’s collection of academic and religious titles.
- You can add both the NU Library and your local public library to the OverDrive app using the “Manage Libraries” link on the main menu.
- You can check out up to 5 books at a time for 3 weeks.
- There are no renewals; you will need to check the book out again once it has expired.
- OverDrive limits are separate from print borrowing and items borrowed through other ebook platforms (Ebsco and ProQuest).
- OverDrive books are limited to one user at a time. You may place a hold if the book is already checked out.
Other Ebook Vendors
In addition to OverDrive, the library provides a large number of ebooks on the Ebsco and ProQuest platforms. These ebooks are not as easy to use as the books from OverDrive and often provide a substandard reading experience compared to the OverDrive app.
Which EBooks Can be Downloaded
Not all books can be downloaded in their entirety. Look for an icon like the ones below to see if a particular book can be downloaded.
Books that are not available for download may still allow you to save an individual chapter or range of pages as a PDF file for offline viewing. Look for a “save” option to export a single chapter or range of pages to PDF.
- Mac or PC: Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher is required. Free Download.
- Apple IOS or Android Phones or Tablets: Bluefire Reader. Free from the App Store.
- Amazon Kindle: not supported for most library eBooks.
- Adobe ID. Sign up at Adobe.com for a free ID. You will enter this password the first time you launch Adobe Digital Editions or the Bluefire Reader.
- NU Email. A current NU email address and password.
- Ebsco ID. EBSCOhost ebooks also require that you create a Ebsco login at the time of checkout.