Ebook FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about ebooks and digital collections at DCDL.  If you do not find the answer that you need, please ask a librarian.

What is an ebook?

Most simply, ebook is short for electronic book, a digital file containing text and images that can be viewed on a computer or electronic reading device.  Frequently, the term ebook is also used to refer to digital audiobooks that are played on a computer or portable audio device.

How can I get free ebooks?

DCDL library card holders may download free ebooks from Ohio Digital Library and Axis 360.   In addition, card holders looking for classics in audio format should also try One Click Digital. Finally, you can find older, public domain titles and classic works at Project Gutenberg and LibriVox (audio).  These free websites do not require a library card.  Note: If you also have a library card from Columbus Metropolitan Library or another Franklin County library, you can use it to borrow ebooks through Digital Downloads.

What do I need to borrow ebooks from the library?

All you need is a valid library card and a computer or device with Internet access.

What is the Ohio Digital Library?

Overdrive eBooksOhio Digital Library is a consortium of Ohio public libraries that provides free ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video to library patrons.  Each individual library purchases titles to add to the collection, which is shared among patrons of all of the libraries in the group.

What is available from the Ohio Digital Library?

The Ohio Digital Library offers ebooks, audiobooks, music and video in a variety of electronic formats from Overdrive, a leading provider of ebooks to libraries.  These can be used on a personal computer as well as many popular portable devices including Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, and more.  For a complete list of compatible devices, visit Overdrive’s Device Resource Center

How do I get Overdrive ebooks onto my device?

You can find detailed instructions for a wide variety of devices at Overdrive Help.  If you prefer face to face assistance, please visit any of our locations and speak to a librarian.  Feel free to bring your device with you. 

What are the rules for borrowing from the Ohio Digital Library?

    • You may check out up to 10 titles at one time with your library card.
    • The lending period is 21 days.
    • You do not have to return your checked out items.  They will expire automatically on the due date.
    • You cannot renew an item, but you may check out the same title again if it is still available after the lending period has expired.

 What is Axis 360?

Axis 360 eBooksAxis 360 is a separate collection of ebooks purchased by DCDL especially for our patrons.  They are borrowed with a DCDL library card through the Axis 360 website or app.

How do I borrow Axis 360 ebooks?

1. Download the Axis 360 app to your mobile device or computer.  The mobile app is available for iOS and Android.  A desktop app is available for Windows computers.  Find the app at your usual app store or visit the App Zone at our Axis 360 site.

2. After installing the app, locate Delaware County District Library by name or location and sign in with your library card number and PIN. If you are a new user, you create your PIN (4-digit number) the first time you log in.  Remember to record your PIN for future reference or use something that is familiar to you, such as the last four digits of your phone number.

3. If you are using the mobile app, use the My Library, Browse, and Search functions to locate an ebook.  Simply tap the Checkout button to borrow an ebook, which will download directly to the app. Your checked out titles appear in the My Stuff tab.

4.If you are using the desktop app, use your web browser to visit the library's Axis 360 site.  Once there, use your library card number and PIN to check out ebooks, which you will then be able to read in your computer's Axis 360 desktop app.

What are the lending rules for Axis 360 ebooks?

    • You may have up to five titles checked out at any time.
    • The lending period is 21 days.
    • You never have to return your checked out titles.  They will expire automatically on the due date.  If you do wish to return a title early, you may do so from either the mobile app or the desktop app.
    • You may renew a title if nobody else has a hold on it.  Renewals must be done on the library's Axis 360 website.  Renewals cannot be done within the mobile or desktop app.

Where can I find more information about Axis 360 ebooks?

For more information, please visit the Axis 360 Help site.  You may also want to check out Axis 360 YouTube Support for helpful online tutorials.  For face-to-face assistance, you may always stop into the library and speak to a librarian.

What is Zinio?

Zinio is a digital magazine collection that allows you to check out and read complete, full color, current issues of your favorite magazines on your computer, tablet , or mobile device.

What magazines are available through Zinio?

ZinioThe library subscribes to a variety of popular titles.  Check out the library's Zinio collection page.  New issues are released simultaneously with the print edition of each title.  There are no holds, due dates, or limits to how many you may have.

How do I use Zinio?

    • Visit the library’s Zinio collection page.  First time users will need to create a new account.  You will be prompted to enter your library card number, then your name, email address, and a password. Returning users will simply log in with their email and password. 
    • Browse/search for the magazine that you wish to check out. Click on the magazine to check it out and begin reading it on your computer screen.  There is no limit to the number of magazines that you may check out, and you never have to return them.
    • If you like, you may download an app that allows you to view and read your magazines on your iPad or Android device. Links to download the apps appear at the bottom of the the library's Zinio collection page.  The email and password to log into the Zinio for Libraries app are the same as those that you use to check out magazines.
    • The Zinio for Libraries app displays the magazines that you have checked out. You may download any of these to your device and keep them for as long as you like.
    • The Zinio for Libraries app is for viewing and reading only.  You must use a web browser to locate and check out magazines with your account.