Answered By: Meg Holle
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2017     Views: 649

Enjoy eBooks, audiobooks and videos using OverDrive on your computer running Windows 7 or older.

Get Started with OverDrive for Windows 7 and older Windows logo
Find items to borrow

  1. Go to OverDrive and find a title:
    • Click the magnifying glass iconto search by title, author or topic.
    • Click Subjects or Collections to browse (first click the menu icon if needed).

    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.

  2. Click Borrow. 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.

  3. 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.

    Tip: If you tap the Read / Listen / Watch in Browser button (the easy method), you will view the item in your browser but not download it. You can go to Loans to download it later if desired.


Jump to your format


The easiest way to read an eBook is to select Read in Browser button

You can also save it for offline reading. Pick up where you left off any time before the book expires by returning to your OverDrive Loans and clicking Read in Browser again.
The second easiest way is to download the Kindle format and read it using the free Kindle App or Kindle Cloud Reader. Learn about reading Kindle formats without a Kindle device.

The last option to read an eBook requires additional free software. Here is the process:

  1. In your OverDrive Loans, click Download and then pick EPUB eBook.

    An arrow indicates the Download button for the book Bossypants. EPUB eBook is selected.

  2. Go to Adobe Digital Editions: Download and download Adobe Digital Editions.
  3. Install Adobe Digital Editions as you would any other program by double-clicking the program icon, clicking Run and following the prompts.
  4. Open Adobe Digital Editions, click Help at the top and then click Authorize Computer.
  5. If you already have an Adobe ID, enter it and your password and click Authorize.

    No Adobe ID? Use an OverDrive account instead:
    If you don't already have one, get an OverDrive account here, using the Enter your details option, not the library card or Facebook options.

    Back on the Computer Authorization prompt in Adobe Digital Editions, change the drop-down menu from Adobe ID to OverDrive.

    Enter your OverDrive ID (your email address) and password and then click Authorize.

    Click OK on the success screen. 
  6. Go to where you downloaded the eBook (likely your desktop or your downloads folder). This is an .acsm file. Double-click the icon to load it into Adobe Digital Editions:

    ACSM file icon for Bosspants
  7. The book should open. If not, double-click the book cover to open it. Options are available at the top, including:
    bookmark icon  = bookmark your place
    the table of contents icon = table of contents and other title info
    font icon = font style and size settings

​The easiest way to listen to an audiobook is to select Listen in Browser button

Pick up where you left off any time before the book expires by returning to your
OverDrive Loans and clicking Listen in Browser again. There is no offline feature with this option.

To download and listen to the audiobook offline, or if the browser option is not available, you will need to install additional free software. Here's how:

  1. In your OverDrive Loans, click Download MP3 Audiobook.

    Screenshot of an audioboook, "Binary Star," with Download MP3 Audiobook button.
  2. Go to OverDrive: Get the App, scroll down if needed and click Download for Windows Desktop to get the OverDrive Media Console.

    Button with Windows logo and text, "Download for Windows Desktop"
  3. Install the OverDrive Media Console as you would any other program by double-clicking the program icon, clicking Run and following the prompts.
  4. Go to where you downloaded the audiobook file (likely your desktop or your downloads folder) and double-click the audiobook icon:

  5. The OverDrive Media Console will automatically activate. On the Get Media prompt, click OK. If you receive a message asking if you want to create a new media folder, click Yes.
  6. On the Download prompt, all parts should be checked. Click OK. It may take a few minutes for the book to fully download, depending on your internet speed.
  7. To listen to the book after it has downloaded, click the title to highlight it blue then click the Play button.


To start a video, click Watch in Browser button

The video cannot be downloaded to your computer. If needed, p
ick up where you left off any time before the video expires by returning to your OverDrive Loans and clicking Watch Now again.