New titles in audiobooks, e-books and streaming video now available

November 6, 2020

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff now have access to two platforms providing a diverse range of titles on audiobook, e-book and video: the digital distributor OverDrive and the streaming platform Academic Video Online (AVON).


The digital platform OverDrive provides access to e-books and audiobooks that can easily be downloaded to a phone or tablet. All users with a valid Onyen can borrow books from Carolina’s OverDrive collection.

The collection includes fiction (such as Brit Bennett’s “The Vanishing Half,” Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s “Mexican Gothic”), nonfiction (such as Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist” and David Chang’s memoir “Eat a Peach”) and personal development (such as James Clear’s “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” and Erin Lowry’s “Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together”).

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Access to the collection was generously funded by SLAB, the Student Library Advisory Board, and titles have been selected to support the entire campus community.

“We’re grateful to SLAB for providing this opportunity for Library users to download award-winning audiobooks and e-books to their own devices,” said Suchi Mohanty, head of the R. B. House Undergraduate Library. “The OverDrive collection will benefit students, faculty and staff looking for personal development or recreational reading and listening.”

Users can access Carolina’s OverDrive collection in four ways:

  • By searching a book title in the Library’s catalog
  • By searching and browsing at
  • Via the OverDrive app (which users can download to their personal device via the app store)
  • Via the Libby app, which users can download to their personal device via the app store

Regardless of which access point you use, you will be asked to log in with your Onyen and password.

For OverDrive help, visit the OverDrive help page.


Academic Video Online (AVON) provides ready online access to a multidisciplinary collection that includes films, documentaries, interviews, theater performances, news, field recordings, commercials and demonstrations.

AVON’s film and media collection connects with the curriculum of virtually every department at Carolina, providing entry points for students, faculty and staff to analyze unique and compelling content within its 70,000+ titles.

The collection encompasses a broad range of subjects including anthropology, art, film, business, criminal justice, history, music, health and more. More than 1,500 major distributors (such as Sony Pictures Classics, PBS, A&E, BFI and BBC) are represented in the collection, offering access that ranges from archival material to Emmy-, Academy- and Peabody-awarded films, and titles that include “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” “RBG,” “Austenland” and “Capernaum.”

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“AVON is meant to help provide easy online access to rich and meaningful content,” said Winifred Metz, media librarian and head of the Media Resources Center. “Diverse and wide-ranging, the collection is truly pan-curricular and offers something for everyone, whether it’s a faculty member prepping for spring courses, a student watching a film away from class or a staff member looking to take a break from Netflix.”

Like the University Libraries’ other streaming platforms, AVON is a click-and-play service with ready clipability, bookmarking and easy citation. Titles can be used for course reserves, instruction, research and individual use, and are easily integrated into Sakai.

To access AVON, go to and log in with your Onyen and password.

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These newly available platforms introduce expanded possibilities for library users across the Carolina community. For more information regarding AVON and OverDrive, contact the Library’s Media Resources Center at or the Undergraduate Library at

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