The OverDrive app is a great way to quickly find and get eBooks, audiobooks, streaming videos, and periodicals from your library or school.

If you'd rather read eBooks or listen to audiobooks without installing an app, you can use your web browser to borrow and read OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks and listen to OverDrive Listen audiobooks. To use your browser instead of the OverDrive app, find your library's digital collection on, then skip to step 4 in the instructions below.

How to get titles on your iOS device

  1. Install the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store, and sign up for (or sign into) your OverDrive account.
  2. From the app, tap the icon in the top-left corner to open the Home menu to see your library list.
  3. Tap a library from the list to go to its digital collection website.
    If your list is empty, or you need to add a new library, tap Add a library and follow the prompts.
    Library list in OverDrive's app
  4. On your library website, look for an available title. You can:
    • Browse the titles on the home page.
    • Use the menu at the top of the page to browse categories.
    • Run a search.
  5. When you find a title that looks interesting, tap or mouse over it, then tap Borrow.
    Borrow button on a title's jacket
    Or, tap more to view the title's details page. From here, tap Borrow.
    If prompted, sign in.
    The borrow button on a title details page
    Note: If you're getting a magazine or newspaper, you'll see Send to NOOK app instead of Borrow. See getting started with periodicals for more help.
  6. Find titles you've borrowed on your Bookshelf (under your Account) on your library's OverDrive website. From here, you can:
    • Tap Read to start reading an eBook in your browser with OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Read (in your browser) option on your library Bookshelf
    • Tap Listen to start listening to an audiobook in your browser with OverDrive Listen.
      Listen button on your library Bookshelf
    • Tap Add to app to add a streaming video to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      Add to app button on your library Bookshelf
    • Tap Download to download the title (if there are multiple download formats available, select one, then tap Confirm & Download). You can only choose one download format.
      Download options for a borrowed eBook on your library Bookshelf
      • EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks will download to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      • Select Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only) to complete checkout on Amazon's website and send the title to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
        Note: Download time depends on the size of the book and your connection speed. Apple requires a Wi-Fi connection to download files over 100 MB on iOS devices.

If you'd like to learn more about reading eBooks, listening to audiobooks, streaming videos, or getting periodicals on your iOS device, we can help with that too.

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2015 04:36PM EDT