We recommend using the OverDrive app to quickly find and get eBooks and audiobooks from your library or school.

If you don't want to install an app, you can read eBooks in your web browser instead. Visit these help articles to learn more: Getting started with OverDrive Read and Getting started with Kindle Books from your library.

Choose the image below that looks like the titles in your library's collection.

How to borrow and enjoy titles in the OverDrive app

  1. Install the OverDrive app from the Windows Store.
  2. Add your library to the app and open its digital collection.
  3. Find an available title in your library's collection and tap Borrow.
    Or, tap the title's jacket to open its details page (where you can read a description, choose a lending period that's different from your default lending period, borrow the title, and more).
    If prompted, sign into your library.
    The borrow button for an available title. See instructions above.
    Note: If you're getting a magazine or newspaper (U.S. only), you'll see Send to NOOK app instead of Borrow. See getting started with periodicals for more help.
  4. To see all your options for borrowed titles, tap books icon to open your Loans page. From there, you can:
    • Download EPUB eBooks to your app Bookshelf.
    • Download audiobooks to your app Bookshelf.
  5. After you download an EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook, tap ok, then ok again to open your app Bookshelf. From there, tap a title to begin reading or listening.
    App bookshelf

Note: If this is your first time downloading an eBook, you may need to authorize OverDrive for Windows Phone using an Adobe ID.

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How to borrow and enjoy titles in the OverDrive app

  1. Install the OverDrive app from the Windows Phone store.
  2. Add your library to the app and open its digital collection.
  3. In your library's digital collection, look for an available title. You can:
    • Browse the titles on the home page.
    • Use the menu at the top of the page to browse categories.
    • Run a search.
  4. When you find a title that looks interesting, tap it, then tap Borrow.
    Borrow button on a title's jacket
    Or, tap more to view the title's details page. From there, tap Borrow.
    If prompted, sign into your library.
    The borrow button on a title details page
    Note: If you're using your web browser instead of the OverDrive app, you may see digital magazines and newspapers available from your library or school. These will have a Send to NOOK app button instead of a Borrow button. See getting started with periodicals for more help.
  5. Find titles you've borrowed on your Checkouts page (under your Account) in your library's digital collection. From here, you can:
    • Tap Download to download an eBook to your Bookshelf in the OverDrive app. If the eBook comes in multiple formats, tap Download, then EPUB eBook, then Confirm & Download.
      EPUB download option for a borrowed eBook. See instructions above.
      Note: You can only choose one downloadable format for each eBook, and you can't choose the Kindle Book format from within the OverDrive app. If you're interested in getting the Kindle Book format (U.S. only), make sure to use your web browser (instead of the OverDrive app) to deliver Kindle Books.
    • Tap Download to download an audiobook to your app Bookshelf.
      Download option for a borrowed audiobook. See instructions above.
    • Web browser only (not in the app): Tap Download, then Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only) to go to Amazon's website, complete checkout, and send the book to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
      Kindle Book option for a borrowed eBook. See instructions above.
    • Web browser only (not in the app): Tap Read to open an eBook in a new tab in your browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn more about reading eBooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Read.
      Note: OverDrive Read is not yet optimized for Windows Phone, so you may have a better experience if you download eBooks instead.
      Read option on your library checkouts page. See instructions above
  6. If you downloaded an EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook, tap ok, then ok again to open your app Bookshelf. From there, tap a title to begin reading or listening.
    App bookshelf

Note: If this is your first time downloading an eBook, you will need to authorize OverDrive for Windows Phone using an Adobe ID.

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Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017 03:11PM EST