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 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 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


Streaming videos work on mobile devices and computers as long as you're using an up-to-date browser with HTML5 support (such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari).

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

Some videos have extra permissions (digital rights) that are set by the publisher and may restrict how you can watch the video. See this help article for more details.

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

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: Aug 17, 2015 08:55AM EDT