OverDrive websites require the use of cookies to deliver higher performance and better functionality. By default, most browsers are set up to accept cookies.

If you get an error telling you to enable cookies while browsing an OverDrive site, follow these simple steps to enable the feature. If you're having trouble on your mobile device, we can help you out with that too.

Enabling cookies using Google Chrome

  1. Paste chrome://settings/content into your address bar, then press Enter.
    The Google Chrome addres bar pointing to the Chrome settings screen.
  2. Make sure "Cookies" are set to Allow local data to be set (recommended).
  3. That's it. Once this is set, you can browse OverDrive-powered websites normally.

Enabling cookies using Firefox

  1. Go to Menu > Options. On a Mac, go to Firefox > Preferences.
    Windows-based Firefox with the menu open
    The Mac-based Firefox menu open.
  2. Under the "Privacy" tab, make sure the "Firefox will:" drop-down menu is set to Remember history.
  3. Click OK. That's it. Once this is set, you can browse OverDrive-powered websites normally.

Enabling cookies using Internet Explorer (Windows Only)

  1. Click the gear-shaped Settings button in the top right of the window. Click Internet Options.
    The settings menu open in Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Privacy tab. Check to make sure the slider is set to "medium" or lower.
  3. Click Advanced, then make sure "Override automatic cookie handling" is unchecked.
  4. Click OK, then OK again. That's it. Once this is set, you can browse OverDrive-powered websites normally.

Enabling cookies using Safari

  1. On a Mac, go to Safari > Preferences.
    The Mac-based Safari menu open.  The Preferences menu item is highlighted.
  2. Under the Privacy tab, make sure the "Block cookies" option is set to From third parties and advertisers.
  3. That's it. Once this is set, you can browse OverDrive-powered websites normally.
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017 12:14PM EST