OverDrive eBooks

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The wait is over...ARLS now has eBooks and eAudiobooks!

All ARLS patrons will now have access to over 8,000 eBooks and 1,000 eAudiobooks through OverDrive. This service is provided through SOVALUe, an association of southern Virginia libraries who will be sharing the eBook collection (so don't be confused when  you go to the site and it doesn't have the ARLS logo...it's us, we promise!)

This exciting product can be used in a variety of ways:

  1. Using a personal (or library) computer using the OverDrive website and reading through the browser (Click here for step-by-step directions on how to use this method)
  2. Through the free OverDrive app installed onto a smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device (Click here for step-by-step directions on how to use this method)
    1. As of 2018 there is a new version of the OverDrive app, called Libby. It can be used instead of OverDrive app, or you can continue to use the OverDrive app.
  3. On an older e-reader (that is NOT a tablet and does not support apps) such as the basic models of Nook, Kobo, Sony Digital Reader, etc. (See the step-by-step guide for #2 above for directions)

OverDrive is also Kindle compatible and Kindle formatted books can be read by way of the free Kindle app (installed onto a tablet or smart phone) or on the older model Kindles that do not support apps.


Getting Started

Start by visiting the SOLVALUe website by clicking here.

You will have to sign up to use OverDrive, so have your library card number and PIN handy! (You will also need a valid email address). When choosing the library you belong to, look for APPOMATTOX REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM.

(NOTE: If you find that your library card number is not working, it may be because you chose the wrong library system.)

Once you begin to use the system to check out eBooks, you can access your personal account info by clicking on the ACCOUNT button at the top of the SOVALUe page. From here you can view eBooks that you've checked out, items you have on hold, and items that you've put on your Wish List. Patrons may check out 5 items per month, and can place an additional 5 items on hold every month. 

Great Features to Help You Search

Narrow your searches using helpful filters to aid your search in finding just the right book!

  • Narrow by genre: fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, young adult, juvenile, and more
  • Limit by format: Kindle format or ePub
  • Utilize the ATOS, Lexile, and Reading Levels filters to help find books at the right levels for your little ones
  • Choose to view only available titles (hides all titles that currently have holds on them)