If your digital library offers streaming videos, you can borrow and watch free shows, movies, and more from your library's digital collection right in your web browser, without having to download files or use special software.

To get started, borrow a streaming video from your library's OverDrive website. Then:

  • If you're using a web browser (like Chrome or Safari) or OverDrive for Windows 8, click or tap Play on your library Bookshelf (under your Account) to start watching in a new tab.
  • If you're using a newer version of OverDrive for Android or iOS, tap Add to app on your library Bookshelf (under your Account) to add it to your app bookshelf.

You'll need a connection when watching a streaming video (even after you add it to the OverDrive app). Streaming videos can consume a lot of data, so we recommend streaming over a Wi-Fi connection.

Play button for a streaming video Add to app button for a streaming video

What devices and browsers work best

Streaming videos work on computers and Windows 8 and 10 devices as long as you have Adobe Flash Player and you're using an up-to-date browser with HTML5 support, like one of these:

If you're using an Android or iOS device, you'll need the OverDrive app (v3.1 or newer) to watch most streaming videos.

Note: You may not be able to play all streaming videos (like those from Starz) on a Kindle Fire or Fire HD, even when you're using the OverDrive app.

Video permissions are set by the publisher and may restrict how you can watch a video. See this help article for more details about video permissions.

If you're not sure whether or not your device or browser is compatible, you can try the sample below to see if it works.

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2015 09:02AM EDT