Overdrive for Apple Devices ( iPhone/iPad/iPod touch)

Apple Devices

You can use the OverDrive app to get eBooks and audiobooks on your iOS device.

Set up the OverDrive app

  1. Download and install the OverDrive app from the Apple App store.  The first time you open the app, you'll be prompted to sign in.  Use the number located on the back of your Allen Library card (no spaces).  Your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to sign up for your card.  Note:  You do not need to create an account with OverDrive.  Your library card number and pin are all you need.
  2. In the app, tap the icon in the top-left corner to open the Home menu and see your "My libraries" list.
  3. Tap a library from your list to open its OverDrive website.  To add Allen Public Library to your list, tap Add a library, enter 75013 and tap search.  Select Allen Public Library from the list and then tap the star next to the library name.  This saves the library to your list for later use.  Tap the library name to go to that library's OverDrive website.


Borrow and enjoy

  1. In the OverDrive website, find an available title and tap Borrow.  Or, tap the title's jacket to open its details page (where you can read a description, borrow the title, and more).  If prompted, sign in.
  2. If you borrow a title from its details page, the Borrow button will change to show options for how to enjoy the title on your device.  This could be adding the title to the OverDrive app or opening it in your browser.
  3. Go to your Loans page (under My account > Loans) to see all you options for borrowed titles.  From there, you can:
    • Tap Add to app to add an eBook to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.  If the eBook comes in multiple downloadable formats, tap Choose a format, then EPUB eBook to add it directly to the OverDrive app.  Note:  You can only choose one downloadable format for each eBook.
    • Tap Add to app to add audiobooks directly to the OverDrive app.
    • Tap Read Now to open and read OverDrive Read eBooks in a new tab your browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app.
    • Tap Listen Now to open and play OverDrive Listen audiobooks in a new tab in your browser (on some devices), without downloading it to the OverDrive app.
    • If you've installed the Kindle reading app from the Apple App store, select Choose a format, then Kindle book to complete checkout on Amazon's website and send the book to your Kindle reading app.