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  • Overdrive Instructions For Students & Parents

    Posted by Jennifer Whitt on 10/4/2018

    Overdrive At Norwell Middle School 


    Overdrive is an app that gives readers access to thousands of audio books and e-books. This app  should be downloaded from the self service app on a student’s IPad. This valuable resource is available year round and twenty-four hours a day.  (including the summer!). The OverDrive app allows you to add multiple libraries. Below are instructions to set up and use the Overdrive app for middle schoolers.


    Students can add Norwell Middle School’s digital library to their Overdrive account:

    • Open the app; click “Continue” at the bottom of the blue page ( do NOT sign/log in).
    • Click add a library.
    • Search for "norwell town schools.” Select Norwell Middle School, and then tap on "Norwell Town Schools".
    • Once re-directed to a sign-in screen for the NMS Digital library in our school. Students’ login information is as follows:
      • Username: firstname.lastname.stu
      • Password: 4 digit lunch code.

    ** Students will have to sign into this page each time they want to search the library at the middle school for audio or e-books.


    Students can also add the Norwell Public Library’s digital library to their Overdrive account.  

    • Click on the 3 lines in the left top corner of Overdrive and select "add a library" (written in green).
    • Then search for "Old Colony" and select Norwell Public Library
    • this should re-direct you to the Norwell Public Library sign in page.
      • Click “sign in” and select  "Old Colony Library Patron" from the first drop down menu
      • Enter your library card number from the back of an Old Colony library card (with no spaces).
      • The pin should be: ocln (unless someone changed it along the way).


    Students who are 13+ years old  can add a Boston Public Library’s digital library to their Overdrive account:

    • Any resident of MA who is at least 13 years old, can apply for a BPL e-card (e-cards are good for 2 years and BPL will provide you with an ecard number via email)
    • Go to Boston Public Library homepage.
    • Click “Get or Renew eCard”: change City to Norwell or your hometown.
    • Select a PIN for your login
    • Open the OverDrive app and select “Add A Library”
    • Search Boston Public Library, select Boston Central Library, add Boston​ ​Public​ ​Libraries​ as one of your libraries and login!


    Once this set-up is complete, it should not need to be done again (except for the signing in page at our NMS digital library). All libraries should appear on the Overdrive app and students should be able to toggle between both libraries with ease.


    Helpful hint:  In OverDrive, you can quickly tell which titles are available by looking at the book (e-book) or headphone (audio-book) icon in the upper right corner of the book cover:  if the icon is black, the item is available; if gray, it is unavailable but you can still place a hold on the item.


    A shareable PDF of these instructions is available HERE.

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