RNIB Overdrive – a digital download library service

Borrow, download and enjoy a selection of Talking Books, Talking Magazines and podcasts on your computer, smartphone or tablet

Key features and benefits of RNIB Overdrive

  • Download your books directly onto your computer, smartphone or tablet 
  • Once downloaded, you don’t have to be connected to the internet to play and listen
  • Manage your own wish list and search by genre
  • Borrow up to six items at any one time, with an unlimited amount of titles over the year.
  • Once finished, you can return titles automatically and pick your next book
  • RNIB did a trial of the service and 147 out of 150 testers were able to choose, download and return titles of their choice with varying degrees of support. 70 percent of trialists said they would recommend the service to a friend.


RNIB Overdrive uses the third party digital library platform OverDrive, which is used by around 100 other libraries in the UK. This platform isn’t yet fully accessible, but we’re working closely with OverDrive to make improvements. In fact, many of the changes we’ve recommended have already been made, not just for RNIB Overdrive but across OverDrive’s global platform.

During a trial of RNIB Overdrive in early 2014, 147 out of 150 blind and partially sighted people of all ages and levels of technical ability were able to browse, download and read a book with varying degrees of support.

If you’re not sure whether RNIB Overdrive is the right option for you, you can visit the RNIB Overdrive website to try it out. If it isn’t for you, we also offer RNIB Talking Books, so you can choose to receive your books on DAISY CD or USB stick.

Search the RNIB Overdrive catalogue

You can take a look at the titles available by searching the Overdrive online catalogue

Join RNIB Overdrive

You can buy RNIB Overdrive through the RNIB Shop

Questions about RNIB Overdrive?

If you would like more information please email overdrive@rnib.org.uk or phone our helpline on 0303 123 9999.

Gifts for grandparents, parents, friends and family

Gift subscriptions coming soon! Please email overdrive@rnib.org.uk to register your interest.


Subscribe to RNIB Overdrive

Subscribe to Overdrive, our new digital library service for blind and partially sighted people, through the RNIB shop


Do you have questions about RNIB Overdrive?

Visit the frequently asked questions section to get more information on the service

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