Electronic Books at the Vanderbilt Library: OverDrive

About Overdrive

OverDrive is a collection of ebooks and audiobooks that can be borrowed anytime, anywhere. You can browse and read books via the Library's website at https://vanderbilt.overdrive.com or you can use the Libby app on your smartphone or tablet. You can also download books to your Kindle or other ereader.

Users may borrow up to 3 titles at a time and place up to 3 holds at a time. Check out periods range from 7 to 21 days depending on the title. 

OverDrive From Your Browser

To get started using OverDrive via a web browser:

  1. Go to https://vanderbilt.overdrive.com.
  2. Click “Sign In” and log in with your VuNetID.
  3. Browse or search for a title of interest and click on the image or title in the search results.
  4. Click on “Borrow” or “Place Hold” if the item is not available.
  5. Select the number of days you wish to borrow (7, 14, or 21 days).
  6. You can view items you have checked out by clicking on the bookshelf icon or going to My account > Loans.

VU OverDrive Homepage

Using Libby

Libby supports connecting to multiple libraries, so if you are already using OverDrive/Libby through your public library you can add Vanderbilt as an additional library.

Download the Libby by Overdrive app from your device's app store

Once Libby is installed, the app will prompt you to find and sign in with your library card. Select 'Yes'.

You will then be prompted to look for your library. Select 'I'll Search For A Library'

In the search box, type ‘Vanderbilt University, then select Vanderbilt University from the list of matching libraries below the search box.

After you select your library, you will need to sign in. Select ‘Next’. You will see a message saying Libby wants to use a different site to sign in. Select ‘Continue’.


Sign in with your VUNet ID and epassword and select ‘LOGIN’. You will receive a confirmation screen that you have successfully signed into your account.

Getting Help

For more help with OverDrive, visit OverDrive Help or Ask a Vanderbilt Librarian.