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New! OverDrive Magazines

​RB Digital Magazines have moved to OverDrive. Starting January 25, 2021, read current and back issues of your favourite magazines through OverDrive, now offered along with OverDrive ebooks and e-audiobooks. 

Read magazines on your mobile device or computer. Borrow and download to read offline through the Libby app, or borrow and stream through the OverDrive app or on your desktop or laptop computer. 

OverDrive and Libby

What you need

Libby, OverDrive, or Sora app, Adobe Digital Editions (for e-reader) or OverDrive website

Checkout limits

10 titles at a time. Magazines do not count toward checkout limits.

Loan period

Magazines check out for 21, 14 or 7 days, other formats check out 14 days or 7 Days

Holds

10 titles at a time

Hold period

3 days upon notification

Hold notifications

Opt-in by email or messages in-app

Renewals

Yes, items can be renewed starting 3 days before the expiry date if there are no holds on the item. 

Returns

Return item early so you can borrow more books or item will expire automatically at the end of the loan period (no fines)

Purchase  suggestions

1 title every 7 days

Reading history

Yes

Checking Out Materials

You can have up to 10 titles checked out at any given time. Magazines will not count toward checkout limits.

The default lending period for ebooks is 14 days but can be changed at check out or by going to Settings in your account.

OverDrive apps do not support auto-checkout of new magazine issues.

Returning Materials

Materials will expire automatically at the end of the checkout period. These items do not have to be returned and late fines are never applied.
However, it is possible to return certain items early if you reach your checkout limit or to make items available for other library users.
eBooks can be returned early using whichever method was used to download them (e.g. Libby app, OverDrive app, Adobe Digital Editions). See OverDrive Help for instructions on how to return eBooks.

Renewing Materials

The option to renew will display 3 days before the current borrowing period ends. If a copy of the item is available at the time of renewal, the item will be checked out again. Any time left on the borrowing period of the original checkout will be lost. If no copies are available, a hold will be placed and the current borrowing period will not change.
Patrons will have the option to renew a magazine within 3 days of the end of the lending period too. Since magazines are offered under simultaneous use, the patrons could also borrow the magazine again at any time.

Placing Holds

OverDrive titles that are not currently available (indicated with Wait List above the cover image) can be placed on hold. You will be asked for your email address and will receive an email when the item becomes available.

When a copy of an item that was placed on hold becomes available, it will be held for 3 days. During this time, there is the choice to borrow, cancel or have the item delivered later. Deliver later creates a suspension of the hold for a period of your choice. Your position in the holds list will be maintained.

If no action is taken during the 3 days, the hold will automatically be suspended for 7 days. The next time a copy of the item available for you, the hold will expire after 3 days. The courtesy automatic 7-day suspension occurs only once.

You can have up to 10 items on hold at any given time. You cannot place a hold on an item you already have checked out.

Suspending Holds

If you think you'll be too busy to read something if it becomes available or you want to prevent all your holds from coming in at once, you can suspend all or some of your holds.

Purchase Suggestion

You can use the "Recommend to Library" feature to suggest titles for the library's OverDrive collection.

You can suggest one title every 7 days.

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