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FAQ eBook

Q1. How do I search for electronic resources such as ebooks and audiobooks?

You can access the library’s website (http://readacademy.moe.edu.sg) and browse the section under “Electronic Books” for a list of all titles available in electronic version.



Q2. How can I tell if there is an electronic version?

Depending on the titles and formats available, the access method may vary from one to another. Simply look out for information regarding “Electronic Access” or “Overdrive – eBook” when searching the library catalogue.


Q3. What devices do I need to read an electronic resource?

You can access the electronic version of the title in one of the following ways:

  1. Access through OPAL
  2. For titles that are accessible only via OPAL, you will see a hyperlink under “Electronic Access”. Simply click on the link and you will be prompted to enter your OPAL ID and password to continue.

  3. Using a browser
  4. If you do not wish to download the title onto your local devices, you can select “OverDrive Read” when downloading the title. OverDrive Read is a browser-based eBook reader that works on most computers, tablets, and mobile devices running web browsers with HTML5 support. There are no software or downloads required.

  5. Using Adobe Digital Edition
  6. If you are currently using Adobe Digital Edition on your mobile devices, you can choose to add the selected title to your ebook collection simply by selecting “ePub” or “PDF” as your preferred format.

Q4. How do I know if an ebook is available for loan?
  1. Simply click on the “Electronic Access” or “Check Availability” link under the Status/Desc column. You will be prompted to log in to your library account if you have not already done so.

  2. For Overdrive titles, if the title is currently not available for loan, you will be automatically prompted to place a reservation.

Q5. How long can I loan an Overdrive ebook for?

You can borrow up to a maximum of 3 ebooks for a period of 14 days. Your loan will be cancelled automatically after 14 days.


Q6. How do I know which are the OverDrive titles that I have loaned out?

Simply log in to your library account and look under the “Summary - Loans” tab. Your Overdrive ebook loans will be reflected separately from your physical book loans.

Q7. How do I download the title again?

If you wish to re-download the Overdrive ebook, you can do so via your library account. Simply select “Current Overdrive download loans” under “My Account” and you will see all the titles that are currently on loan to you. Click on the “Access resource” link to download the title to your device again.

Q8. How do I cancel my Overdrive ebook reservation?

Simply log into your library account and look under the “Summary – Reservations/Bookings” tab. Select “Current Overdrive reservations” and click on the “Cancel” link for the title you wish to cancel.

Q9. How do I renew an Overdrive ebook?

Renewing OverDrive ebooks work a little differently than renewing physical books from the library. When you renew a selected ebook, it doesn't extend your lending period; instead, it lets you borrow the title again immediately after your current checkout expires. The “Renew” option will become available 3 days before the expiry date. If the title already has holds, you can't renew it, but you can request to borrow it again.


Q10. Can I make a copy of the ebook for use in classroom?

Publishers decide the digital rights for their titles. There are restrictions on what you can or cannot do with a borrowed title. All ebooks purchased by the library are meant for individual use only. You are not allowed to reproduce or redistribute the content.