If your digital library offers the streaming video format, 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 an available video from your library. If you're using your web browser or our Windows 8 app, click the Play button on your library bookshelf to start watching the video in a new browser tab. If you're using the latest version of the OverDrive app for iOS or Android, tap the Add to app button to add the streaming video to your in-app bookshelf.

Screenshot of play button for a borrowed streaming video Screenshot of Add to app button for a borrowed streaming video

Streaming video works on mobile devices and computers as long as you're using a browser with HTML5 support (such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer).

Note: You may not be able to play all streaming videos (like those from Starz) on a Kindle Fire or Fire HD tablet.

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

Some DRM-protected videos may require the OverDrive app (for iOS or Android) or Adobe Flash Player (on a computer).

Note: Streaming video may consume a lot of data, so if you're on a mobile plan with a data cap, we recommend using a Wi-Fi connection when streaming on your mobile device to avoid data overages.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014 11:21AM EDT