The OverDrive app is a great way to quickly find and get digital titles from your library or school.

If you'd rather read eBooks or listen to audiobooks without installing an app, you can use your web browser to borrow and read OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks and listen to OverDrive Listen audiobooks. To use your browser instead of the OverDrive app, find your library's digital collection on overdrive.com, then skip to the "Borrow and enjoy" section below.

Set up the OverDrive app

  1. Install the OverDrive app from the Chrome Web Store or Google Play. The first time you open the app, you'll be prompted to sign in.
    Note: If you're under 13, you may have multiple sign-in options. Learn which under-13 option is right for you here.
  2. In the app, select the icon in the top-left corner to open the Home menu and see your library list.
  3. Select a school or library from your list to open its digital collection.
    If your list is empty, or you want to add a new library, select Manage libraries, then +.
    The Libraries list in OverDrive for Chromebook. See instructions above.

Borrow and enjoy

Choose the image below that looks like the titles in your library's collection.
  1. Find an available title in your library's digital collection and select Borrow.
    Or, click 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 in.
    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.
  2. (Optional) If you borrow a title from the details page, the Borrow button will change to show our recommendation for how to enjoy the title on your device. This could be adding the title to the OverDrive app or opening it in your browser.
    The read now button on a title's details page. See instructions above.
  3. Select books icon to go to your Loans page and see all of your options for borrowed titles. From there, you can:
    • App only (not in the browser): Select Add to app to add an eBook to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app. If the eBook comes in multiple downloadable formats, select Choose a format, then select EPUB eBook to add it to the OverDrive app.
      The EPUB format for a borrowed eBook. See instructions above.
    • App only (not in the browser): Select Add to app to add an audiobook to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      The add to app and listen options for a borrowed audiobook. See instructions above.
    • Click or tap Choose a format, 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.

      Note: You can only choose one downloadable format for each eBook.
    • Select Read now to open an eBook in a new tab in your Chrome web browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn about reading eBooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      read now button
    • Select Listen now to open an audiobook in a new tab in your Chrome web browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn about listening to audiobooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Listen.
      listen now button
  1. In your school or 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.
  2. When you find a title that looks interesting, click or tap on it, then select Borrow.
    The borrow button on an available title
    Or, select more to view the title's details page. From here, select Borrow.
    If prompted, sign in.
    The borrow button on a title's details page
    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.
  3. Find titles you've borrowed on your Checkouts page (under your Account). From here, you can:
    • App only (not in the browser): Select Download or Add to app to download an eBook or audiobook to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app. If there are multiple download formats available, select one, then tap the Confirm link. You can only choose one downloadable format for each title.
      Confirm link for a title with multiple download formats. See instructions above.
    • Select Read to open an eBook in a new tab in your Chrome web browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn about reading eBooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Read option on your library checkouts page. See instructions above.
    • Select Listen to open an audiobook in a new tab in your Chrome web browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn about listening to audiobooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Listen.
      Listen button on the library checkouts page. See instructions above.
    • Select Download, then Get Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only) to complete checkout on Amazon's website and send the title to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
      Get Kindle Book button for a borrowed eBook. See instructions above.
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017 01:00PM EST