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 borrow titles

  1. Install OverDrive for Windows 8 from the Windows 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, select a library from your "My libraries" list to go to its OverDrive website.
    If your list is empty, or you want to add a new library, select Add a library and follow the prompts.
    Library list. See instructions above
  3. 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.
  4. When you find a title that looks interesting, tap or mouse over it, then select Borrow.
    Borrow button on a title's jacket
    Or, select more to view the title's details page. From here, select Borrow.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Borrow button on the 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.
  5. Find titles you've borrowed on your Bookshelf (under your Account) on your library's OverDrive website. From here, you can:
    • Select Download to download an eBook or audiobook. If there are multiple download formats available, select one, then tap or click 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.
    • Select Play to begin watching a streaming video in a new tab in your browser.
      Play button on your library Bookshelf
    • Select 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.
    • Select 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, we can help with that too.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2015 04:40PM EDT