You can download (cache) an OverDrive Read eBook in your web browser so you can read it later offline (without an internet connection).

If you make notes and highlights when you're reading offline, they should save and sync once you connect to the internet again on that device.

Note: If you're using an iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), please see the second set of instructions below.

For most devices (except iOS), do this to read offline:

  1. Open the Read menu.

    To open the Read menu on a mobile device, tap the middle of the screen first, then tap the menu icon.
    Read menu on a smaller screen. See instructions above
  2. Select Offline Access.
  3. Select the cloud icon to save the book for offline reading.
    Offline Access panel with cloud icon. See instructions above
    Once you click the cloud, the book you're reading is saved to your browser's cache.
  4. Save the URL (address) for the OverDrive Read eBook you downloaded (we recommend bookmarking it in your browser).

Note: Some eBooks (especially those with pictures or narration) are too large to completely cache in your browser, so you'll only be able to save a portion of the book.

Once you're offline, you'll need to open your web browser and go to the URL of the OverDrive Read eBook (or, just open your browser bookmark) to keep reading it. You can do this without an internet connection.

Please note that if you clear your browser's cache, you'll also clear any OverDrive Read eBooks you've downloaded.

If you need to save some space on your device, you can remove saved eBooks from your browser's cache. Simply return to the OverDrive Read eBook, select the cloud icon, and then select the X twice to clear the book from your browser cache.

X icon in the Offline access panel. See instructions above

There is no limit to the number of times you can download an OverDrive Read eBook, so if you clear it from your cache, you can download it again whenever you want during the lending period.

For iOS devices, do this to read offline:

You can read OverDrive Read eBooks offline on your iOS device by saving each eBook you want to read on your home screen. Here's how it works:

  1. Borrow and open an OverDrive Read eBook from your library's OverDrive website.
  2. Tap the Share button (which looks like this: Share icon) in the Safari browser.
  3. Tap Add to Home Screen, then Add.
    Add to home option. See instructions above
  4. Open the book from your home screen, and log in with your library card.
  5. Open the Read menu (tap the center of the screen, then the menu icon), then tap Offline Access. Simply opening the Offline Access section of the menu should start the download process. It may take a few minutes to finish preparing and downloading, depending on your internet connection and the size of the book.
    Download-in-progress for an OverDrive Read eBook. See instructions above
    If the book doesn't download automatically, tap the cloud icon to start the download.
  6. Once the download is finished, you're ready to go offline.
    Successfully cached OverDrive Read eBook. See instructions above

When you're finished reading the book, or when the lending period expires, you can remove the icon from your home screen like any other iOS app.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015 10:42AM EST