If you're just getting started with digital titles on your iOS device, we recommend that you use our new Libby app, which makes it easier than ever to borrow and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from your public library. Get started with Libby or learn more about it.

Not interested in or able to use Libby? For help borrowing digital titles with the original OverDrive app, choose the image below that looks like the titles in your library's collection.

You can use the OverDrive app to find and get eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming videos from your library or school.

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

How to borrow and enjoy titles in the OverDrive app

  1. Install the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store and sign in.
  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.
  4. To see all your options for borrowed titles, tap books icon to open your Loans page. From there, you can:

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You can use the OverDrive app to find and get eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming videos from your library or school.

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

How to borrow and enjoy titles in the OverDrive app

  1. Install the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store and sign in.
  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. See instructions above.
    Or, tap more to view the title's details page. From here, tap Borrow.
    If prompted, sign into your library.
    The borrow button on a title's details page. See instructions above.
  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 or Add to app to download an eBook or audiobook. If there are multiple download formats available, select one, then tap the Confirm link. You can only choose one download format for each title.
      Confirm link for a title with multiple download formats. See instructions above.
      • EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks will download to your Bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      • If you select Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only), you'll be taken to Amazon's website to complete checkout and send the title to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
        Note: Download time depends on the size of the book and your connection speed. Apple requires a Wi-Fi connection to download files over 100 MB on iOS devices.
    • Tap Add to app to add a streaming video to your Bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      Add to app button for a streaming video. See instructions above.
      Note: Because streaming videos are streamed and not downloaded, you'll still need an internet connection to watch them once they're added to your app Bookshelf.
    • Tap Read to open an eBook in a new tab in your browser (Safari), 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 button for a borrowed eBook. See instructions above.
    • Tap Listen to open an audiobook in a new tab in your browser (Safari), 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 for a borrowed audiobook. See instructions above.

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Last Updated: Jul 17, 2017 11:27AM EDT