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Nove-L with OverDrive and Libby

Information about Nove-L (Northern Virtual e-Library) an eBook and eAudiobook borrowing service using OverDrive and Libby apps.
Updated: 8/01/2021 9:55 a.m.

Link to Nove-L on OverDrive. Opens in a new window.

Nove-L on smart phone. Borrow eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive

Nove-L (Northern Virtual e-Library) is a collaborative venture between several public libraries in the upper North Island of New Zealand, using OverDrive.

Through the Nove-L website or OverDrive and Libby apps you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks onto your computer and mobile devices to read or listen to anywhere at anytime. Includes fiction and non fiction titles for adults, teens and children.

To use Nove-L on OverDrive you will need:

  • to be a current member of Whangarei District Libraries with a valid library card number and PIN.

    Please note: Library membership expires every
    2 years when you will need to contact us to update your membership details.

  • Internet access

  • a compatible device with software or an app for downloading and reading eBooks or listening to eAudiobooks

    Please note: Amazon Kindle eReaders are generally not a compatible device for reading library eBooks in New Zealand.

  • an Adobe ID to authorise your devices for reading eBooks with DRM copyright protection.

Getting Started

OverDrive provides an extensive help section including step by step videos to help you set up your devices for borrowing eBooks and eAudiobooks.

OverDrive Help

Apps for mobile devices

Libby the OverDrive app eBooks and eAudiobooks. Libby app

Get the Libby app for your device to download and read eBooks or listen to audiobooks. Libby has an easy to use design that is best for newer devices and eAudiobooks.

About Libby
Get the Libby app for your mobile device

Link to Libby app by OverDrive on Apple App Store. Opens in a new window.     Link to Libby app by OverDrive on Google Play. Opens in a new window.    

OverDrive app for borrowing eBooks and eAudiobooks. OverDrive app

Get the OverDrive app to read eBooks for older devices or if you use special software to support your vision when reading.

 OverDrive app help


Get the OverDrive app for your mobile device

Link to Libby app by OverDrive on Apple App Store. Opens in a new window.     Link to Libby app by OverDrive on Google Play. Opens in a new window.     

To be able to download and read eBooks on your mobile device you will need to authorise or activate the device using Adobe Digital Editions and your Adobe ID. You can you can create an Adobe ID from within OverDrive app. 

 Adobe Digital Editions

Using Nove-L at OverDrive

Go to the Nove-L website sign in using your library card and pin number.

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Go to Nove-L

You can also search, preview and borrow Nove-L eBooks and eAudiobooks through the library catalogue.

eBook search settings in the Library Catalogue.




Whangarei District Libraries Catalogue

  • To search for eBooks, select Digital Catalog from the drop down menu next to the Home icon.

  • To view a sample of an eBook, click the Preview button and follow the on-screen directions.

  • You can easily download eBooks by clicking the Download button. 

  • A window will appear and ask you to select an eBook reader or format. Select your preferred reader or format and the eBook will begin to download.

The eBook is added to your Bookshelf on the Nove-L website or OverDrive app. Go to either the website or app, open your Bookshelf to read or transfer the eBook.

Using OverDrive 

  • Check Outs: 4 titles can be checked out at the same time
  • Holds: Only 4 titles can be placed on hold at the same time
  • Lending periods: There is a choice of lending periods: 7, 14 or 21 days.
    Use 7 days particularly for audiobooks if you know you will have finished it within a week.
  • Renewals: The option to renew a title becomes available three days before the title is set to expire (if there are no holds on it), appearing next to the title on your Bookshelf under your library Account. You can only use the renew feature once for each checkout. 
  • Return items early: Most eBooks and audiobooks can be returned early using either the Nove-L website or OverDrive Media Console app on your device.

Need more help

eReader tutorials at the library

We offer free tutorials for library members who need help learning how to download and open eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks onto their mobile devices.

Contact us to make an appointment for a lesson:




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