You can use the OverDrive app to get eBooks, audiobooks, streaming videos, and periodicals from your library on your Windows 8 or RT device. Windows 8 comes on tablets and computers, and Windows RT comes on tablets like the Microsoft Surface RT and Surface 2.

Note: The steps below work with both Windows 8 and Windows RT. With Windows 8 (but not Windows RT), you can also install OverDrive's desktop app, which will allow you to download WMA audiobooks/music and WMV video, and burn and transfer files (as permitted).

Step 1

Install the OverDrive app from the Windows Store.

Step 2

Open the OverDrive app and follow the prompts to create an OverDrive account and log in. If you're under 13, select I am under 13 years old instead.

Step 3

In the OverDrive app, select the Add a library button, then follow the prompts to find your library's OverDrive website.

  • Once you find it, swipe down (or right click) on your library to save it to your "My libraries" list.
  • Click or tap your library's name to start browsing.

Step 4

Log into your library's OverDrive website with your library card and borrow a title.

Note: Magazines and newspapers work a little differently than other digital titles. They have a Send to NOOK app button instead of a Borrow button, and to read them, you'll need to install the NOOK reading app from the Windows Store. See getting started with periodicals for more help.

Step 5

Find borrowed titles under your account on your library's OverDrive website. You can:

For a video overview of how to get started with Windows 8 or RT, check out our help videos.

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2015 10:12AM EST