As long as you have an internet connection and a library card, you can use an up-to-date web browser on your Windows or Mac computer to read OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks or play streaming video from your library's digital collection, without having to download any special software or files. You'll need a browser with HTML5 support (such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer) to read or watch titles in your browser.

If you'd like to download eBooks on your computer, you can use Adobe Digital Editions (Windows or Mac) or OverDrive for Windows 8 (Windows 8 or RT only).

If you'd like to download audiobooks on your computer, you can use OverDrive's desktop app (Windows or Mac) or OverDrive for Windows 8 (Windows 8 or RT only).

If you'd like to download music or videos on your computer, you can use the free OverDrive desktop app (Windows only).

How to borrow titles

  1. Find and open your library's digital collection website.
  2. 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.
  3. Mouse over a title, then click Borrow to check it out.
    Screenshot of the Borrow option on the moused-over menu
    Or, click more to view the title's details page. From here, click Borrow to check it out.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Screenshot of the Borrow button from title's details page
  4. Your library Bookshelf will open, displaying title(s) you've borrowed. From here, you can:
    • Click Read (In your browser) to open an eBook in your browser with OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Screenshot of the Read option from the library bookshelf
    • Select Play to open a 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 click Confirm & Download.
      • 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 a different eBook format to download and open it in Adobe Digital Editions or OverDrive for Windows 8.
      • Select an audiobook format to download and open it in OverDrive's desktop app or OverDrive for Windows 8.
      • Select a music or video format to download and open in OverDrive's desktop app (Windows only).

Note: Available formats vary by library. Windows supports eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. Mac supports eBooks and MP3 audiobooks.

If you'd like to learn more about reading eBooks, listening to audiobooks (Mac), enjoying titles (audiobooks, music, video) in OverDrive for Windows, or streaming video on your computer, we can help with that too.

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2014 03:43PM EST