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 digital collection on, then skip to step 4 in the instructions below.

How to borrow titles

  1. Install OverDrive for Windows 8 from the Windows Store, and sign up for (or sign into) your OverDrive account.
  2. Select a library from your list to go to its digital collection website.
    If your list is empty, or you need to add a new library, select Add a library and follow the prompts.
    Library list in the OverDrive app
  3. On your library 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 Read to start reading an eBook in your browser with OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Read option from your library Bookshelf
    • Select Listen to start listening to an audiobook in your browser with OverDrive Listen.
      Listen button on the library Bookshelf
    • Select Play to begin watching a streaming video in your browser.
      Play button on your library Bookshelf
    • Select Download to download the title (if there are multiple download formats available, select one, then tap or click Confirm & Download). You can only choose one download format.
      Download options for a borrowed eBook on your library Bookshelf
      • EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks will download to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      • Select Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only) to complete checkout on Amazon's website and send the title to your Kindle reading app or Kindle Cloud Reader.

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: Aug 27, 2015 01:14PM EDT