The OverDrive app is a great way to quickly borrow and enjoy audiobooks, eBooks, and streaming video from your library or school.

If you'd rather enjoy titles without installing an app, you can use your web browser to read OverDrive Read eBooks or watch some streaming videos. To read eBooks or watch video directly in your browser, find your library's digital collection on, then skip to step 4 in the instructions below.

How to get titles

  1. Install OverDrive's app from the Windows Phone store.
  2. From the app, swipe from left to right to get to the "get books" screen.
  3. Tap a library on your list to open its digital collection website.
    If your list is empty, or you need to add a new library, tap find a library and follow the prompts.
  4. On your library website, look for a title that's available to borrow. 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 on the title, then tap Borrow to check it out.
    Borrow button on a title's jacket
    Or, tap more to view the title's details page. From here, tap Borrow to check it out.
    If prompted, sign in.
    The borrow button on a title details page
  6. Find titles you've borrowed on your Bookshelf (under your Account) on your library's OverDrive website. From here, you can:
    • Tap Download to download EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      Download button for an eBook on your library Bookshelf
    • 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.
    • Tap Read to open an eBook in your browser with OverDrive Read.
      Note: You'll need to open OverDrive Read eBooks from your normal web browser (not through the OverDrive app) to be able to read them.
      Read (in your browser) option on your library Bookshelf
    • Or, tap Play to begin watching a streaming video in your browser.
      Note: Some titles, like those from Starz, cannot be played on Windows Phone.
      Play button on your library Bookshelf
  7. If you downloaded an EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook, tap ok, then ok again to open your app bookshelf. From there, tap a title to begin reading or listening.
    App bookshelf

Note: If this is your first time downloading an eBook, you may need to authorize OverDrive for Windows Phone using your Adobe ID.

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