Answered By: Meg Holle
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2017     Views: 263

Enjoy eBooks, eAudiobooks and videos using OverDrive on your Windows 8 or Windows 10 device or computer. We recommend the OverDrive app to use content offline and to access the widest available selection. See below to get started. You can also use OverDrive without an app.

OverDrive for Windows 8 + 10 Windows logo

Download and set up the app (a one-time process)

  1. On your Windows device, go to the Windows Store and get the free app, OverDrive - Library eBooks & Audiobooks (do not get the OverDrive Media Console). Click Install. You may need to sign in with or create a Microsoft account.
  2. Open the app and click Sign Up.
  3. Select Sign up using library card.
  4. On the Find your library screen, in the box enter: Austin Public Library. Then click Go.
  5. Tap one of our branches—it doesn't matter which one.
  6. Enter your Card Number and password. Tap Sign In. 

Borrow and use content

  1. Open the OverDrive app and click + Add a Title to go to our OverDrive catalog.
  2. Find an item to borrow.
    • Click the magnifying glass iconto search by title, author or topic.
    • Click Subjects or Collections to browse.

    Once you have a list of items...

    Check the banner to see if the item is available. The Audiobook "Being a Beast" says Available at the top. The eBook "Fates and Furies" says Wait List at the top. To learn more about a title or read a sample, tap its cover.

    A "Play" icon with the label, "VIDEO" can only be streamed; videos cannot be downloaded.

  3. Click Borrow if available. If the item has a wait list, you can place a hold to get in line. If prompted, sign in using your Library Card number and PIN.

    Tip: You can have 10 checkouts and 10 holds in OverDrive at a time.


  4. The message "This title is now checked out to you" appears at the top in red. Click the OverDrive loans icon, which looks like 3 books on a shelf to go to your Loans.


  5. For Audiobooks, tap Download MP3 audiobook.

    For Videos, tap Watch in Browser to stream it. Videos cannot be downloaded.

    For eBooks, tap Download and pick EPUB eBook.

    The "Fates and Furies" is shown. The Choose a Format menu is activated and the EPUB option is selected.
  6. After downloading an eBook or audiobook, click Go to bookshelf.

    Tip: You can go to your bookshelf anytime with  in the top left corner. You may need to hit it more than once.

    Click the item to open it. eAudiobooks show options automatically. For eBooks, click in the center of your device to see options, including:
    the table of contents icon = table of contents and other title info 

    the settings icon = settings for styling options (font size, background color, etc.)