OverDrive: Downloading to Smartphones, iPads & Tablets

Downloading to smartphones & tablet devices (running iOS/Android/Windows 8)

Install App:

  • Visit the App/Play Store and search for the OverDrive app.
  • Download & install app.
  • Tap icon (blue square, white O) to open.    
  • First time only: Create an Overdrive account when prompted, and login. If you’re under 13, select I am under 13 years old instead.
  • Use the app’s Add a Library feature to find your library’s OverDrive website (LION: Libraries Online) and click on the star to save it.
  • Tap your library’s name to start browsing.

Find and search for books:

  • Tap app to open. Tap to open Menu (three horizontal lines). Tap on Libraries Online to open catalog.
  • Search or browse for title; if available, tap “BORROW” or if not, “PLACE A HOLD
  • Choose Blackstone, then enter your library card (tap REMEMBER to keep your card # filled in).
  • Confirm check-out, then tap Download.
  • Choose Adobe ePUB to read in Overdrive app and tap Confirm & Download (this format will allow for early return from app)

To Read or Change Book Settings:

  • Tap for menu. Tap Bookshelf to display checked-out items.
  • Tap title to open and read item.
  • To change font size/color, tap in bottom of screen to see options.

To Return Item Early:

  • From the Bookshelf screen, tap and hold on book cover.
  • Tap Return, then tap Return again.

Helpful Hints for Tablets

  • Tablets can open Adobe EPUB files or MP3 audiobook files.