Your library's OverDrive website is compatible with screen readers like NVDA or JAWS. You can use these screen readers to navigate the site, browse for content, and download borrowed titles. See some of our tips for using a screen reader with your library's OverDrive website below.

OverDrive is in the process of updating its library websites. Libraries that haven't been updated yet will have "Site Navigation" as the first skip link. If you're using a library that hasn't been updated yet, skip to the section about older library websites below.

New OverDrive library websites

Browsing and searching

  • You can use the elements list feature of your screen reader (usually Insert + F7) to browse all headings or links on the page, including book titles and authors.
  • You can navigate different sections of the page based on heading level. For example, collections use level 2 headings, and titles always use level 3 headings.
  • Title information in collections and search results includes the title's name, author, availability, and an action link (like Borrow or Place a hold). You can also press Enter on a title to go its details page and read a description, borrow or place a hold, and more.
  • To search, focus on and open the search option, located under the "search and account" heading on any page.
  • You can apply filters (under the "filters" heading) on a search results page to narrow your results.

Signing in

  • You can sign into your library website using the Sign in link on any page. Or, you'll be prompted to sign in (if you aren't already) when you try to borrow a title, place a hold, or add a title to your wish list.
  • If your library is a part of a consortium, you'll be taken to a page to select your library from a combo box before signing in. When you focus on the combo box, you can type the name of your library or use the arrow keys until you hear it.
  • You'll be asked to choose a sign-in method, which can be a library card, an OverDrive account, or a Facebook account. Learn about which sign-in option is best for you here.

Borrowing and reading

  • You may be able to choose a different lending period for a title before you borrow it. When you select Borrow, a dialog box will open, and you can select a lending period from the combo box before completing the checkout.
  • You can download or open a title right after you borrow it, or you can go to your Loans page (under My account) to find options for all your borrowed titles.
  • We recommend using Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin or Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 or newer to read ebooks.
    • To read an ebook in the Kindle format, select Read now with Kindle. You'll be redirected to Amazon's website to complete checkout and send the ebook to a Kindle device or reading app.
    • For other ebook formats, select Download. If an ebook has multiple download options (like EPUB ebook), you'll need to select one before downloading.
  • We recommend using OverDrive's free desktop app for Windows or Mac to listen to audiobooks. To navigate, use the keyboard shortcuts in OverDrive for Windows or keyboard shortcuts in OverDrive for Mac.

More information

Windows users

We've tested NVDA and JAWS, and recommend either as an excellent option for Windows-based screen readers. In both cases, Mozilla Firefox is the recommended web browser.

You can find keyboard shortcuts and commands in the NVDA and JAWS user guides:

Mac users

If you're using a Mac, you may want to try VoiceOver, which is built specifically to work with Apple OSX.

Old OverDrive library websites

Browsing and searching

  • You can navigate different sections of the page using headings and links. For example, headings are used for collections and titles, and action links (to expand the collection, borrow or place holds, and more) are available under each heading.
  • To quickly navigate to the search box, press the field key when the website first loads.
  • After you run a search, use the Skip to page content link to skip right to your search results.
  • Title information in collections and search results includes the title's name, author, availability, and action links to borrow, add to your wish list, and more. You can select the Title details action link to go the details page and read a description, borrow or place a hold, and more.

Signing in

  • You can sign into your library website using the Sign in or Account link on any page. Or, you'll be prompted to sign in (if you aren't already) when you try to borrow a title, place a hold, or add a title to your wish list.
  • If your library is a part of a consortium, you'll be taken to a page to select your library from a combo box before signing in. When you focus on the combo box, you can type the name of your library or use the arrow keys until you hear it.
  • On the sign-in page, the focus is automatically put in the "Card Number or Username" field, so you can enter this information first.

Borrowing and reading

More information

Windows users

We've tested NVDA and JAWS, and recommend either as an excellent option for Windows-based screen readers. In both cases, Mozilla Firefox is the recommended web browser.

You can find keyboard shortcuts and commands in the NVDA and JAWS user guides:

Mac users

If you're using a Mac, you may want to try VoiceOver, which is built specifically to work with Apple OSX.

Last Updated: Jan 04, 2019 02:48PM EST