These instructions are specifically for Macs and Windows 7 (or older) computers. If you're using Windows 8 or newer, we have a separate guide for how to borrow and enjoy digital titles using Windows 8 and up.

What you need

Note: Available formats vary by library.

How to borrow and enjoy

Before you borrow a title, find your library's OverDrive website on overdrive.com.

Choose the image below that looks like the titles on your library's website.
  1. On your library's OverDrive website, find an available title and click Borrow.
    Or, click the title's jacket to open its details page (where you can read a description, choose a lending period that's different from your default lending period, borrow the title, and more).
    If prompted, sign in.
    The borrow link on a title from the search results page. See instructions above.
    Note: If you're getting a magazine or newspaper (U.S. only), you'll see Send to NOOK app instead of Borrow. See getting started with periodicals for more help.
  2. (Optional) If you borrow a title from its details page, the Borrow button will change to show our recommendation for the easiest way to enjoy the title on your device (which is usually opening it right in your browser).
    Title details page with borrow button turned to read now. See instructions above.
  3. Go to your Checkouts page (under your account ) to see all your options for borrowed titles. From there, you can:
    • Click Read now to open an eBook in a new tab in your browser. To learn about reading eBooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Read now button for an eBook. See instructions above.
    • Click Listen now to open an audiobook in a new tab in your browser. To learn about listening to audiobooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Listen.
      listen now button
    • Click Watch now to begin watching a streaming video in a new tab in your browser.
      watch now button
    • Click Download to download an audiobook and open it in OverDrive's desktop app. From there, you can start listening to it, burn it to CD, or transfer it to supported MP3 players.
      Download button for an MP3 audiobook
    • Download an eBook. Most eBooks come in multiple download formats, so click Choose a format to select your preferred format.
      Note: You can only choose one download format for each title.
      The choose a format menu with options shown. See instructions above.
      • If you select Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only), you'll be taken to Amazon's website to complete checkout and send the title to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
      • If you select EPUB or PDF, the eBook will download and open in Adobe Digital Editions. From there, you can start reading or transfer eBooks to supported eReaders.
  1. On your library's OverDrive website, look for an available title to borrow.
  2. When you find a title that looks interesting, mouse over it, then click Borrow.
    Borrow button on a title's jacket
    Or, click more to view the title's details page. From here, click Borrow.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Borrow button on a title's details page
    Note: If you're getting a magazine or newspaper (U.S. only), you'll see Send to NOOK app instead of Borrow. See getting started with periodicals for more help.
  3. Find titles you've borrowed on your Checkouts page (under your Account) on your library's OverDrive website. From here, you can:
    • Click Read to open an eBook in a new tab in your browser. 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.
    • Click Listen to open an audiobook in a new tab in your browser. 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.
    • Click Play to begin watching a streaming video in a new tab in your browser.
      Play button for a streaming video. See instructions above.
    • Click Download to download an eBook or audiobook. If there are multiple download formats available, select one, then click the Confirm link. You can only choose one download format for each title.
      Download options for a borrowed eBook on the checkouts page
      • If you select Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only), you'll be taken to Amazon's website to complete checkout and send the title to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
      • If you select EPUB or PDF, the eBook will download and open in Adobe Digital Editions. From there, you can start reading or transfer eBooks to supported eReaders.
      • If you select MP3 audiobook, the audiobook will download and open in OverDrive's desktop app. From there, you can start listening, burn audiobooks to CD, or transfer audiobooks to supported MP3 players.
Last Updated: May 23, 2016 04:29PM EDT