Thwarted by an expired library card

I had the most evil genius plan I was going to enact since that time I… wait… I’m in my late 20s and this was my first evil genius plan ever.

That’s sad.

Anyway, in case you didn’t know, there’s this thing called Overdrive which is basically an app for your smart phone or maybe Kindle idk because I have an older Kindle so maybe your fancy new one might be able to use it too oh yeah it works on my iPad HA HA I HAVE AN iPAD *looks at teenagers with smartphones, ipads and the latest gadgets they didn’t even pay for * *sniffle*

BEFORE I GET DISTRACTED AGAIN *rubs hands together*

Overdrive is a thing where you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your library and I think that is the coolest thing ever since I enjoy listening to audiobooks but I’m SUPER PICKY about them and don’t want to spend money on ones I don’t enjoy. They are expensive, yo!

Anyway, Overdrive’s been around for a few years but I only just realised that there’s a loophole in it.

I live in an area where we have a pretty dang nifty State Library system that’s all interconnected and if I want to borrow a book from a different library on the other side of the state it’s all pretty cool, no charges or anything, and the selection is pretty good to be honest. There’s nearly 500 books from my local library on my to-reads list. So I only ever needed one library.

But I came across someone living in the US casually mentioning that they have multiple libraries on their Overdrive and I swear to god my teeny tiny little mind was BLOWN.

I live in Australia now, but I used to live in the UK, and I have, of all things, a UK library card.

Now, the UK library system isn’t all across the country and quite honestly it took me a little while to understand how the system worked because it’s nothing like my good old Aussie local but the important thing is that when I moved home I KEPT THE LIBRARY CARD.

Because I’m weird and books are my life.

So I figured out – and here’s the important thing – that I could borrow ebooks and audiobooks from my UK library whilst I was still living in Australia!

At least, that was my evil genius plan.

When I found my card, I could reset my PIN but for some reason it won’t let me log in to the online system. It keeps telling me the credentials are wrong.

I suspect this is because I haven’t lived there for several years and the card’s probably expired.

I didn’t figure out this loophole earlier because my UK library’s system didn’t have Overdrive when I was living there – it was brand new to my Australian one when I moved back home. And since my whole state only has one library system, I didn’t realise I could access more than one library.


People with more than one library system within accessible reach, now you know (if you didn’t already) that your Overdrive can support multiple libraries! Go forth and collect as many library cards as you can and borrow those sweet, sweet ebooks and audiobooks to your heart’s content!

Because I CAN NOT.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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