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Nove-L and OverDrive

Information about Nove-L (Northern Virtual e-Library) an eBook and audiobook download service offered by Whangarei Libraries through OverDrive.
Updated: 19/06/2019 10:56 a.m.

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Download 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 app you can download eBooks and audiobooks onto your computer and mobile devices to read or listen to anywhere at anytime. Titles include fiction and non fiction for adults, teens and children.

What you can do

  • Download eBook or audiobooks from anywhere you have an internet connection at any time.
  • Transfer eBook titles to your computer or eReaders
    Please note: Amazon Kindle eReaders are not a compatible device for downloading library eBooks from OverDrive in New Zealand.
  • Download eBooks and audiobooks directly onto your mobile device - tablet, iPod or smartphone - using the OverDrive app (OverDrive Media Console).
  • Burn some audiobook titles to disc.
  • Avoid overdue loan charges — the items self expire or you can return eBooks and audiobooks early if you have finished with them.

To use this service you will need

  • to be a member of Whangarei Libraries with a valid library card number and PIN 
  • a computer or compatible portable device (iPod/iPad, eReader, tablet or smartphone) with an internet connection
  • free software or app for your PC or Mac computer (Adobe Digital Editions) and mobile devices.

Software to authorise your devices for eBooks

Adobe Digital Editions allows you to download and read copy protected eBooks in EPUB and PDF formats on your computer and mobile eBook readers.

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. 

Getting Started

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


Libby the OverDrive app eBooks and eAudiobooks. Libby

Get Libby the OverDrive app for your device to download and read eBooks or listen to audiobooks.


Get Libby the OverDrive app for your mobile device

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Go to the Nove-L website by clicking on the Nove-L logo on the left and sign in using your library card and pin number.

You can also search, preview and download Nove-L eBooks through the Library Catalogue.

  • eBook search settings in the Library 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 from websites onto their mobile devices.

Contact us to make an appointment for a lesson:



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