Candid offers a growing digital collection of eBooks and audiobooks on social sector- and philanthropy-related topics, curated by Candid’s Online Librarian team. This free, public collection is available to anyone through OverDrive, and can be accessed remotely from any computer, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader.

Collection topics include:

  • Nonprofit management
  • Proposal writing
  • Strategic planning & evaluation
  • Fundraising
  • Philanthropy
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • And many other social sector-related topics!

How do I sign up?

A Candid User ID (which is different from your Candid Learning login) is required to borrow items from our collection. Check out this handy guide, or follow the instructions below:

  • To get started, go to
  • Next, click on the “Sign In” button on the top right of the page.
  • Click on “User ID help” to register for a User ID. (This will open a new window.)
  • Fill out the red required fields on the registration form: name, city, state, phone number, and email address.
  • After submitting your form, you will receive an email to verify your account.
  • When you verify your account, you will receive a User ID; write down your User ID, you’ll need it every time you log in!
  • Return to the OverDrive sign-in page and type in your User ID.
  • Start borrowing or place a hold!

You may borrow up to two items and place holds on two additional items at a time. Each item is available to you for two weeks. You can renew a title up to three days before the loan expires, as long as there are no holds. If there is a hold, select the Request Again button to join the hold queue.

Tip: You can also use your User ID to check items out on your mobile device with Libby and OverDrive apps!

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