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 OverDrive website 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. The first time you open the app, you'll be prompted to sign up for (or sign into) your OverDrive account.
  2. In the app, tap the icon in the top-left corner to open the Home menu and see your "My Libraries" list.
  3. Tap a library from your list to go to its OverDrive website.
    If your list is empty, or you want to add a new library, tap Add a library and follow the prompts.
    My Libraries list. See instructions above
  4. On your library's OverDrive 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 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's 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 Download or Add to app to download an eBook or audiobook. If there are multiple download formats available, select one, then tap the Confirm link. You can only choose one download format for each title.
      Confirm link for a title with multiple download formats. See instructions above.
      • EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks will download to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      • If you select Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only), you'll be taken to Amazon's website to complete checkout 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.
    • Tap Add to app to add a streaming video to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      Add to app button for a streaming video. See instructions above.
      Note: Because streaming videos are streamed and not downloaded, you'll still need an internet connection to watch them once they're added to your app bookshelf.
    • Tap Read to open an eBook in a new tab in your browser (Safari), without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn about reading eBooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Read button for a borrowed eBook. See instructions above.
    • Tap Listen to open an audiobook in a new tab in your browser (Safari), without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn about listening to audiobooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Listen.
      Listen button for a borrowed audiobook. See instructions above.

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: Sep 23, 2015 01:51PM EDT