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​Check out eBooks and eAudiobooks from your library account!

Two of our most popular electronic platforms work directly with the Phoenix Public Library catalog to allow borrowing, using and even placing holds as you search the catalog. 

​Titles from Best Picks - Axis 360 and the Greater Phoenix Digital Library are available for check out right from the catalog!


eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Best Picks Collection through Axis 360 are available for this service. Titles from the Greater Phoenix Digital Library including streaming video will also work this way. 
To do so, you'll need to sign into your Library Account. (If you don't have a library card or can't get in to obtain a library card you can use our online registration form to get one that will give you immediate access to everything in our eLibrary.)
Once you are signed into your Library account, just follow these steps:
  • Look for the Axis 360or OverDrive icon
  • Find a title and choose either Place Hold or Check Out.
  • Digital Holds and borrowed eMaterials will appear in the list with your physical holds and borrowed materials.
  • The borrowing policy for each category remains the same. You can meet the maximum limits in all collections (all at the same time).
    • 10 items through the Greater Phoenix Digital Library
    • 3 titles on Axis 360
    • and 35 physical items from the Phoenix Public Library

After checking out an OverDrive item, you'll be prompted to choose your format. The options will vary depending on if you checked out an eBook or eAudiobook and which platform you used.  You can learn more about digital formats with OverDrive here. Once you have selected your format, the title will appear in your Loans on the Greater Phoenix Digital Library.
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If you've chosen a title from Axis 360, you will be prompted to choose the length of the check out period, up to 14 days. Once you have tapped the Check Out button, the title will appear in your account on Axis 360. Look for the My Stuff section of the website or app where you will see a list of currently checked out titles. You can read your title in the mobile app, or in the Desktop Reader.
Please note, titles from Axis 360 follow the Best Picks model and therefore are not available to be placed on hold. The library is aware that the option to place a hold is given when all copies of a title are checked out on Axis 360. We are waiting for an update from the vendor.
The "Place Hold" button will not work for Axis 360 titles.


Use eBooks, eAudiobooks or eVideos without leaving the Library Catalog!

OverDrive offers a special service which allows Phoenix Library customers to browse the library catalog, check out titles from the catalog, and read (listen or watch) the items right from the library catalog.

After checking out the OverDrive Title, choose Read (in your browser) for eBooks or Listen (in your browser) for eAudiobooks. Streaming Video is the only viewing option for OverDrive videos. Once you've selected your format, click Get Title and your title will open directly in your browser. ​ Be sure your browser will allow pop-ups. 

 read OverDrive titles in your browser

listen to OverDrive titles in your browser

stream OverDrive videos from the catalog

OverDrive's ​​​​Read (in Browser)

READ format

OverDrive's Listen (in Browser)

Streaming Video through OverDrive

Helpful Hints
  • When asked to choose a format, remember this: the Overdrive Read format will open instantly in your browser, while Kindle and EPUB format download to your app. 
  • Not all titles are available in Overdrive Read format. 
  • Popups must be allowed by your browser for instant viewing or listening. 
  • eBooks in Overdrive Read format can be downloaded for offline use.  eAudiobooks in the Listen format or Streaming Videos cannot be downloaded and require internet access. 
  • To learn more about the which apps work best for your device, go here. ​
  • For more help with Greater Phoenix Digital Library, check out the Overdrive​ Support Page. ​
  • Click here for more help with Axis 360.

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