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OverDrive User Guide


OverDrive allows you to instantly borrow ebooks to read on your device. OverDrive is compatible with all smart phones, tablets, computers, and eReaders.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the Library's ebooks?
Browse the ebook catalog online at

Who can use OverDrive?
OverDrive is only available to Department of Commerce staff and contractors working in HCHB with a Library Account.

Can I download OverDrive to my government phone?
For the most part, yes. If you are having an issue with downloading the app to your government phone please call your Bureau's IT help desk.

How many books can I check out?
• Borrow up to 3 titles at a time.
• Choose 7, 14, or 21 days as your default lending period.
• Place holds on up to 5 titles at a time.

Getting Started

1. Get a Library Account
2. Download OverDrive:

3. Open the OverDrive App. The following steps are for the OverDrive app on iPhone:

  • Under Already have an account? select Sign in.
  • Then tap on Sign in using library card.
  • In the find your library search box type in Commerce Research Library and tap Go.
  • Under Commerce Research Library tap U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Tap Sign in.
  • Finally, login with your Library Account credentials.

4. Start browsing the collections!