Answered By: Meg Holle
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2017     Views: 1100

Enjoy eBooks, audiobooks and videos using OverDrive on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We recommend the OverDrive app for the widest selection and to use content offline (see below). You can also use OverDrive without an app.


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OverDrive for iOS Apple logo

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

  1. Using your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch, go to the Apple App Store and install the free OverDrive app. You may need your Apple ID Password.

    The OverDrive app is shown in the AppStore with the download button circled.
  2. Open the app, tap Sign Up and then tap Sign up using library card.
  3. On the Find your library screen, in the box enter: Austin Public Library. Then tap Go.
  4. Tap one of our branches—it doesn't matter which one.
  5. Enter your Card Number and password. Tap Sign In.


Borrow and use content

  1. In the OverDrive app, tap the menu in the top left: OverDrive hamburger
  2. Tap Austin Public Library from the slide-out menu to go our OverDrive catalog.
  3. Find an item to borrow.

    Screenshot of the app options. Search by title author or topic in the Search box or tap the menu to and then choose 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.

  4. Tap 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.


  5. The message "This title is now checked out to you" appears at the top in red. If available, tap Add to App to load the title directly into the app and go to Step 7.

    If you don't see this button or prefer the Kindle format, tap Loans in the message.

    Tip: You can see Loans anytime by tapping the OverDrive loans icon, which looks like 3 books on a shelf in the top right.


  6. For Audiobooks, tap Download MP3 audiobook.

    For Videos, tap Add to App to stream it. Videos cannot be downloaded.

    For eBooks, tap Download and pick EPUB eBook.

    The "Fates and Furies" is shown. The Download menu is activated and the EPUB option is selected.

    You can also choose the Kindle format if you'd like to use the Kindle app on your iOS device or to send the book to a Kindle device. Start at Step 5 on these instructions.
  7. Items will load in the app. To see them, tap OverDrive hamburger and then tap Bookshelf from the slide-out menu. Tap the item to open it. Audiobooks show options automatically. For eBooks and Videos, tap in the center of your device to see options, including:
    the table of contents icon = table of contents and title info
     = adjust the brightness
     = change the font size and style

    the gear icon = additional styling options