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, skip to step 4 in the instructions below.

You can find your library's OverDrive website using the Get Books feature in the app or through

How it works

  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.
    Screenshot of the Borrow button that appears when you tap a title
    Or, tap more to view the title's details page. From here, tap Borrow to check it out.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Screenshot of "Borrow" button on a title's details page
  6. Your library bookshelf will open, displaying the title(s) you've borrowed. From here, you can:
    • Select a format from the Download drop-down menu, then tap Confirm & Download.
      Screenshot of the download button on library bookshelf
      • Select EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook to download and add the title to your app bookshelf.
    • Tap Read (In your browser) to open the eBook with OverDrive Read.
      Note: You'll need to open an OverDrive Read eBook from your normal web browser (not through the OverDrive app) to be able to read it.
      Screenshot showing the Read (in your browser) option from your library bookshelf
    • Or, select Play to open the streaming video in your browser.
      Screenshot of the Play button on your library bookshelf.
      Note: Some titles, like those from Starz, cannot be played on Windows Phone.
  7. Tap ok, then ok again to open your app bookshelf.
  8. From your app bookshelf, tap a title to begin reading or listening.
    Screenshot of a borrowed title on the 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: Apr 24, 2015 03:32PM EDT