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

What you need

Note: Available formats vary by library.

How to borrow titles

  1. Find and open your library's digital collection.
  2. 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.
  3. Mouse over a title, then click Borrow.
    Hovered-over 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, you'll see Send to NOOK app instead of Borrow. See getting started with periodicals for more help.
  4. Find titles you've borrowed on your Bookshelf (under your Account) on your library's OverDrive website. From here, you can:
    • Click Read to start reading an eBook in your browser with OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Read (in your browser) option on your library bookshelf
    • Click Listen to start listening to an audiobook in your browser with OverDrive Listen.
      Listen button on your library Bookshelf
    • Click Play to begin watching a streaming video in your browser.
      Play button on your library Bookshelf
    • Click Download to download the title (if there are multiple download formats available, select one, then click Confirm & Download). You can only choose one download format.
      Download options for a borrowed eBook on your library Bookshelf
      • Select Kindle Book to complete checkout on Amazon's website and send the title to your Kindle or Kindle reading app (U.S. libraries only).
      • Select EPUB or PDF to download and open an eBook in Adobe Digital Editions. From there, you can start reading or transfer eBooks to supported eReaders.
      • Select MP3 audiobook to download and open an audiobook in OverDrive's desktop app. From there, you can start listening, burn audiobooks to CD, or transfer audiobooks to supported MP3 players.
Last Updated: Jul 06, 2015 04:36PM EDT