The OverDrive app is a great way to quickly borrow and enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, 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 and MediaDo Reader eBooks or watch streaming video. To read eBooks or watch video directly in your browser, skip to step 4 in the instructions below.

You can find your library's digital collection using the Add to library feature in the app or by running a search on When you sign up for an OverDrive account, you can save your libraries and enjoy other great features.

Note: This version of OverDrive's app is compatible with Windows RT tablets (like the Surface RT and Surface 2) and Windows 8 computers and devices.

How to borrow titles using Windows 8

  1. Install OverDrive for Windows 8 from the Windows Store.
  2. From the app, use the Add a library feature to find and save your library's digital collection website.
  3. Select a library from the list to go to its digital collection website.
    Screenshot highlighting a library collection button under My Libraries
  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 or mouse over it, then tap Borrow to check it out.

    Or, tap more to view the title's details page. From here, select Borrow to check it out.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Screenshot of the borrow button
  6. Your library bookshelf will open, displaying the title(s) you've borrowed. From here, you can:
    • Tap Read (In your browser) to open the eBook with OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader
      Screenshot of the Read in your browser button for OverDrive Read.Screenshot of the Read in your browser button for MediaDo Reader.
    • Select Play to open the streaming video in your browser.
      Screenshot of the Play button on your library bookshelf.
    • Or, select a format from the Download drop-down menu, then tap or click Confirm & Download.
      Screenshot of the download options for a borrowed eBook
      • Select EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook to download and add the title to your app bookshelf.
      • 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 about reading eBooks, listening to audiobooks, or streaming video using Windows 8, we can help with that too.

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2014 02:25PM EDT