Overdrive using a Mac computer


With a Mac, you can borrow and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks right on your computer!

What you need

  • For browser-based eBooks and browser-based audiobooks:  An up-to-date web browser with HTML5 support (such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari)
  • For downloadable eBooks:  Adobe Digital Editions
  • For downloadable audiobooks:  OverDrive's desktop app
  • For Kindle Books:  A free Amazon account and a Kindle device or Kindle reading app.

How to borrow and enjoy

Go to Allen Public Library's OverDrive website.

  1. On the OverDrive website, find an available title and click Borrow.  Or, click the title's jacket to open its details page (where you can read a description, borrow the title, and more).  You will be prompted to sign in to complete checkout.  To sign in, use  the 14-digit number on the back of your 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. If you borrow a title from the details page, the Borrow button will change to show options for the easiest way to enjoy the title on your device.
  3. Go to your Loans page (under My account > Loans) to see all your options for borrowed titles.  From there, you can:
    • Select Read now to open and read OverDrive Read eBooks right in your web browser.
    • Select Listen now to open and play OverDrive Listen audiobooks right in your web browser.
    • Click Download to download an audiobook and open it in OverDrive's desktop app (you will need to install OverDrive for Mac).  From there, you can start listening to it, burn it to CD, or transfer it to supported MP3 players.
    • Download an eBook.  Most eBooks come in multiple download formats.  Click Choose a format, then:
      • If you select Kindle Book, you'll be taken to Amazon's website to complete checkout and send the title to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
      • If you select EPUB, the eBook will download and open in Adobe Digital Editions.  From there, you can start reading or transfer eBooks to supported eReaders.