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 overdrive.com, then skip to the "Borrow and enjoy" section below.

Set up the OverDrive app

  1. Install the OverDrive app. The first time you open the app, you'll be prompted to sign up for (or sign into) your OverDrive account.
    Note: If you're under 13, you may have multiple sign-in options. Learn which under-13 option is right for you here.
  2. In the app, tap the icon in the top-left corner to open the Home menu.
  3. Tap a library from your list to open its OverDrive website.
    If your list is empty, or you want to add a new library, tap Manage libraries, then +.

Borrow and enjoy

Choose the image below that looks like the titles on your library's website.
  1. On your library's OverDrive website, look for an available title to borrow. When you find a title that looks interesting, tap Borrow, or tap its jacket to open the details page (where you can read a description, change your lending period, borrow the title, and more).
    If prompted, sign in.
    The borrow link on a title from a search results page. See instructions above.
    Note: If you're getting a magazine or newspaper (U.S. only), you'll see Send to NOOK app instead of Borrow. See getting started with periodicals for more help.
  2. (Optional) If you borrow a title from its details page, the Borrow button will change to show our recommendation for how to enjoy the title on your device. This could be adding the title to the OverDrive app or opening it in your browser.
    Title details page where the Borrow button changed into Add to app
  3. Go to your Checkouts page (under My account) to see all your options for borrowed titles. From there, you can:
    • Tap Add to app to add an eBook to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app. If the eBook comes in multiple downloadable formats, tap Choose a format, then select EPUB eBook to add it to the OverDrive app.
      Choose a format button for an eBook with multiple download formats
      Note: You can only choose one downloadable format for each eBook.
    • Tap Add to app to add an audiobook or streaming video to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      Add to app button for an audiobook on the checkouts page
      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 Choose a format, then Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only) to go to Amazon's website, complete checkout, and send the book to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
      Choose a format menu expanded to show Kindle Book option
      Note: You can only choose one downloadable format for each eBook.
    • Tap Read now to open an eBook in a new tab in your browser, 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 now button
    • Tap Listen now to open an audiobook in a new tab in your browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn about listening to audiobooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Listen.
      Listen now button

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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 details page
    Note: If you're getting a magazine or newspaper (U.S. only), you'll see Send to NOOK app instead of Borrow. See getting started with periodicals for more help.
  3. Find titles you've borrowed on your Checkouts page (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.
    • 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, 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, 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 Android device, we can help with that too.

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2016 12:36PM EST