General Questions

Why are my holds different when looking in Overdrive and the main HCPL account page?

In our main book catalog, your digital requests show exactly how many people are ahead of you for the title. This works exactly how it does with holds on our physical items.

When looking at holds in our main eBook and eAudio site, Overdrive, the total number of holds ahead of you are divided by the amount of copies we have of the title. This represents how many people are ahead of you in the queue per copy.

In order to see the total number of people in line ahead of you on our Overdrive site, select the blue question mark next to the hold number.

Can I return my digital titles early?

The ability to return titles early differs by device and format.  Please refer to the help section for your device type within the two formats (eAudio and eBook).

Computer Lab in Progress

The South Houston Branch Library has a computer lab building in progress. Soon we will be able to give free computer classes to the community. Please stay tuned for more pictures and updates. Don't forget to stop by and check out the inside of our current building, we got renovated!

For more information call 713-941-2385

Tech Tutors In Action

Reference Librarian Gwendolyn teaches patron how to download eBooks.Today the library celebrated Read an eBook Week at our one-on-one Tech Tutors Table. Patrons have been stopping by all day to get their specific questions answered. Many folks didn't know they could use their library cards to download free eBooks! If you missed the tutoring session, stop by the information desk for assistance. Also, online assistance is available. Why not celebrate with us and check out an eBook today. They are free with your library card!

Update: South Houston Branch Renovations

Renovations to the South Houston Branch Library continue. Looks like we might have a foundation for the computer lab soon. Please stay tuned for more updates and pictures.

Recent Additions to the HCPL Digital Media Blog

 Hopefully you have been enjoying the semi-weekly updates to the Digital Media Catalog eBooks section.

 I have been able to create eBook orders on a weekly basis as opposed to the monthly basis as is normal.  Three of the four I have ordered are actually live on the site.  The fourth one was unexpectedly delayed after I ordered it but I am hopeful it should be live soon. 


There were not enough good titles added to our vendor's catalog to order last week so I am combining last week’s picks with this week’s to order another list of titles.  Because of donations from some of our branch’s friends of the library groups, this trend of ordering eBooks on a weekly basis should continue through at least January.

Top 10 Circulating eBooks and eAudio for October 2011

I thought I would try something new this week and post the top 10 circulating eBooks and eAudio titles for October 2011.

Do you see any surprises on the list?



1. Smokin' Seventeen - by Janet Evanovich

2. The Guy Next Door -  by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, Victoria Dahl

3. In Too Deep - by Jayne Ann Krentz

UPDATE: Apple iOS5 update

To those who updated their Apple products to iOS 5, on 11-3-2011, Overdrive released an update to the Overdrive Media Console that fixes the issue.  Please download and install the new version of the Overdrive Media Catalog, and check for updates for iTunes.

I have tested it and the eAudio title I transferred did not go into the audiobook section like it used to.  A playlist is created for the audiobook.  In the update that released today, the name of the eAudio is now included in the transfer instead of random numbers.  The newest version is

If you are suffering any issues after updating to iOS 5, make sure to update iTunes and Overdrive and hopefully the issue will be solved.  And no more random numbers instead of chapter titles!


The October digital titles are up!

I just wanted to update you that new title were added to the Digital Media Catalog late last week.  Below are a few of the titles added.

New eAudio  

Update: South Houston Branch Renovations

The renovations to the South Houston Branch Library are moving along nicely.  Painting of the inside of the Branch is almost complete. Please stay tuned for more updates and pictures.

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