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Navy MWR Digital Library

5 Things to Know About Getting FREE eBooks

Sailors, their families and Navy civilians have FREE access to more than a quarter million ebooks and audiobooks through the Navy General Library Program's (NGLP) MWR OverDrive site.


1. Getting Started is a Little Tricky

You need to create your initial account using the link from the Navy MWR Digital Library, after that you can read or listen on personal computers, phones, tablets or e-readers from the Navy OverDrive website or OverDrive app.

Titles downloaded to the OverDrive app can even be read offline.

Here's a list of the steps to follow to get started:

1. Access the Navy MWR Digital Library at: www.navymwrdigitallibrary.org. (If blocked at work use: www.mwrdigitallibrary.navy.mil.)
2. Under Login (top right menu), select either CAC or DS Logon. (Use your non-email certificate).
3. Click the A-Z Directory link. Near the bottom of the page, find the OverDrive link. Click on the image and a new browser window will open.
5. Click on Account.
6. Find the "new user" section.
7. Use ANY email to establish a Navy OverDrive Account.
8. Download the OverDrive app to your device (https://app.overdrive.com/).
9. Create a User ID/ password specifically for the OverDrive app.
10. Login into the OverDrive app.
11. Search for "Navy."
12. Login using the Navy OverDrive account you established.

2. Popular Titles May Have a Wait List

The MWR OverDrive app is an electronic library. This means the Navy has a limited number of licenses for any given title. If other Sailors have checked out the full number of available licenses, you will have to go on a waiting list for the book.

You can opt to be notified by email when your book becomes available.

More popular books have more licenses. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek has 25 licenses on MWR OverDrive, for example. As of the writing of this sentence, there are zero available with one person on the waiting list. Twilight, on the other hand, has 16 licenses. As of the writing of this sentence, there are 16 available with no waiting list.

3. Most of the Books in the CNO Professional Reading Program are Available

In the words of President Harry S. Truman: "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers."

So get reading!

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson has selected 150 titles that aided his own thinking and leadership development.

They are organized based on the lines of effort in A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority: Naval Power, Fast Learning, Navy Team and Partnerships. Titles that support character development are also listed under Core Attributes.

The final section is called "The Canon," which contains books that comprise core knowledge -fundamental to the naval profession - including the causes of conflict, the dynamics of power, and the intersections of politics, diplomacy, economics and military power.

Most titles will link directly to their digital version on MWR OverDrive.

4. It's Family Friendly

While the initial account must be set up using a CAC or DS Logon, the service is just as popular with Navy families as it is with Sailors, according to the NGLP's administrative librarian.

In fact, it offers more than 8,000 children's books through MWR OverDrive.

5. It's a Benefit, Not a Secret

More than 2.5 million books have been checked out through MWR OverDrive since the program began. There are currently more than 30,000 users. If you're not among them, you're missing out on a valuable benefit!

All it costs to get started is a little of your time, and in the words of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, "The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men's experience) - i.e., the hard way."