These instructions are specifically for Macs and Windows 7 (or older) computers. If you're using Windows 8 or newer, we have a separate guide for how to borrow and enjoy digital titles using Windows 8 and up.

What you need

Note: Available formats vary by library.

How to borrow and enjoy

Before you borrow a title, find your library's digital collection on overdrive.com.

Choose the image below that looks like the titles in your library's collection.
  1. Find an available title in your library's collection and click Borrow.
    Or, click 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 beneath 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. To see all your options for borrowed titles, select books icon to go to your Loans page. From there, you can:
    • Read an eBook in a new tab in your web browser. To learn about reading eBooks in your web browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      The download and read in browser options for a borrowed eBook. See instructions above.
    • Listen to an audiobook in a new tab in your web browser. To learn about listening to audiobooks in your web browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Listen.
    • Watch a streaming video in a new tab in your web browser.
    • Download and open an audiobook in OverDrive's desktop app. From there, you can start listening to it, burn it to CD, or transfer it to supported MP3 players.
      Download button for an MP3 audiobook
    • Download an EPUB eBook or PDF eBook to Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). From there, you can start reading or transfer eBooks to supported eReaders.
      Or, you may be able to choose Kindle Book (U.S. only) to go to Amazon's website and send the book to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
      An eBook on the Loans page with the PDF, EPUB, and Kindle Book download options.
  1. In your library's digital collection, look for an available title to borrow.
  2. When you find a title that looks interesting, mouse over it, then click Borrow.
    Borrow button on a title's jacket
    Or, click more to view the title's details page. From here, click Borrow.
    If prompted, sign into your library.
    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) in your library's digital collection. From here, you can:
    • Click Read to open an eBook in a new tab in your browser. 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.
    • Click Listen to open an audiobook in a new tab in your browser. 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.
    • Click Play to begin watching a streaming video in a new tab in your browser.
      Play button for a streaming video. See instructions above.
    • Click Download to download an eBook or audiobook. If there are multiple download formats available, select one, then click the Confirm link. You can only choose one download format for each title.
      Download options for a borrowed eBook on the checkouts page
      • 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.
      • If you select EPUB or PDF, the eBook will download and open in Adobe Digital Editions. From there, you can start reading or transfer eBooks to supported eReaders.
      • If you select MP3 audiobook, the audiobook will download and open in OverDrive's desktop app. From there, you can start listening, burn audiobooks to CD, or transfer audiobooks to supported MP3 players.
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017 09:16AM EST