Wellington City Libraries

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eLibrary overview

Here's a table showing the features of each of our eLibrary collections. For detailed help on how to get started with Overdrive or Borrowbox, see our getting started page:

OverDrive Borrowbox
Lending details Issue period 3 weeks is default but can be changed to 1, 2 or 3 weeks 3 weeks
Issue limit 15 eBooks or Audiobooks at any one time 15 eBooks and 15 Audiobooks every two weeks
Renewal Yes, for either 1, 2 or 3 weeks Yes, for 3 weeks and can be renewed twice.
Return early Computer – Yes on Adobe Digital Editions (EPUB, PDF)
Yes on OverDrive Media Console (MP3 only)
Mobile – Yes on OverDrive Media Console (MP3, EPUB only)
Browser-based eBooks – Yes, in OverDrive READ
Computer – No, for EPUB eBooks on Adobe Digital Editions
No, for MP3 tiles
Mobile – No early return for both eBook and Audiobooks.
Reserves Yes. Customer notified by email with 4 days to issue Yes. Customer notified by email with 4 days to issue
Technology Compatible Formats eBooks – EPUB, PDF, Open EPUB, OverDrive READ
Audiobooks – MP3, WMA
eBooks – EPUB
Audiobooks – MP3
Required eBook and Audiobook Software Computer – Adobe Digital Editions for eBooks (All eBooks)
OverDrive Media Console for Audiobooks (MP3, WMA)
Mobile devices – OverDrive Media Console (EPUB, Open EPUB, MP3 only)
Computer – Adobe Digital Editions (EPUB only)
Audiobooks - downloaded to most MP3 players.
Mobile devices – BorrowBox (MP3, EPUB only)
Compatibility – operating systems Computer – All operating systems except:
- Linux. (Compatible with OverDrive READ, though)
Mobile – All operating systems including iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry
Computer – All operating systems
Mobile – BorrowBox compatible with Android and iOS only.
Compatibility - browsers All All
Compatibility - devices Computer – Most eReaders except  Kindle eReader.
Audiobooks - Check for compatibility with MP3 or WMA format on devices.
Mobile – Most mobile devices including Android run Kindle Fire.
Computer – Most eReaders except for Kindle
Mobile – Mobile devices compatible with iOS and Android software.
Adobe ID required Computer – Yes, for eBooks.
No for Audiobooks.
Mobile – Yes for both eBooks and Audiobooks
Computer – Yes, for eBooks
No for Audiobooks.
Mobile – No for eBooks or Audiobooks
Previews Computer – Yes for most eBook and most Audiobooks
Mobile – Yes for most eBook and most Audiobooks
Computer – Yes for all eBook and Audiobooks
Mobile – Yes for all eBooks and Audiobooks
Other services Recommended titles Yes Yes
User history available Yes, but in OverDrive Media Console mobile version only. Yes
Wish lists and rated titles Yes No
High contrast option for visually impaired Yes No


If you're new to either Overdrive or Borrowbox, see our getting started page: