Beginners Guide to ePukapuka

What do you need?

  • An internet connected computer or mobile device, such as a tablet or eBook reader
  • A valid Hastings District Library card with pin number
  • Free software or apps relevant to your device

Go to the Libraries' eBook website: http://epukapuka.lib.overdrive.com

Getting Started: PC or eReader

To read or listen to books on a home computer or eReader device you will need to download and install the free software.  On the ePukapuka website go to Help then Software to find both:

  • Overdrive Media Console
  • Adobe Digital Editions

Install one or both depending on your needs.

Getting Started: iPad, Tablet or mobile device

  • Overdrive Media Console: To read or listen to books on a table or mobile device, visit the Apps store for your device and download the Overdrive Media Console.  This app is for eBooks and Audiobooks.
  • Adobe ID: For both PC and mobile devices you must create an Adobe ID and authorise your device before being able to download books. A link to this can be found in Adobe Digital Editions for PCs (in Help) or in the Overdrive Console for mobile devices (in Settings).
  • This Adobe ID is required for the security of the books and you will be prompted to enter it if you try to download a book to a device that has not been authorised. Failure to do this is the most common reason for books not appearing on a PC or mobile device.

Borrowing eBooks

eBooks and Audiobooks are now available at Hastings District Libraries ePukapuka OverDrive -


  • ePukapuka OverDrive allows you to download eBooks and audiobooks from home at any time
  • By downloading and installing free software, you can use your library card and PIN to:
    • Transfer eBooks to your computer or portable devices, such as an eBook reader or tablet
    • Transfer audiobooks to your computer or portable devices, such as an MP3 player or iPod
  • OverDrive eBooks are compatible with computers and most eBook readers and mobile devices, except Kindles - read more...

Borrowing basics - ePukapuka OverDrive

  • You may borrow up to 5 items at a time, no rental charge
  • Items are lent to you for 7 or 14 days, then are returned automatically
  • You may return some eBooks before the due date, but not audiobooks
  • It is not possible to renew an item but you may borrow an item again if it has no reserves
  • No overdues, so no overdue charges
  • You may place reserves - no charge for this. You will be notified by email when the item is available.  Reserves waiting to be issued expire after 4 days.
  • You cannot place a reserve on an item while you have it on issue
  • Remove items from your devices when finished
  • eBooks and audio books you have on loan are not listed on your ordinary library account


eBooks and downloadable audiobooks are available Hastings District Libraries, through ePukapuka Overdrive, the Lower North Island Digital Library Group consortium.

Click on Read more... for some answers, including:

  • What is an eReader?
  • Which eReader should I buy?
  • Considerations when choosing an eReader
  • Sources for checking out eReaders / Incompatible with OverDrive? 

Loan Periods Extended for eBooks & Audiobooks

In response to customer demand, we have increased the loan period for ePukapuka Digital Library e-books and audiobooks.

ePukapuka now offers the choice of either a 7 or 14 day loan period on ebooks and downloadable audiobooks.

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