OverDrive Mission

About OverDrive and our Mission

Steve Potash founded OverDrive in 1986. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, we work with over 40,000 libraries, schools, colleges, corporations and retailers worldwide to create reading happiness.

We develop the software, build the platforms, nurture the relationships and promote eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and streaming video. Millions of readers enjoy eBooks and audiobooks on our Libby and OverDrive apps.

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Our core beliefs and values


OverDrive joined the Rakuten Group in April of 2015.

Rakuten, based in Tokyo, owns and operates a network of e-commerce and digital media companies around the world.

This acquisition is a validation of the incredible company and team we have built here. Joining forces with Rakuten enables us to accelerate our growth so we can serve more customers in more markets around the world.

What is your favorite part about working at OverDrive?

"My favorite part of working at OverDrive is the unlimited opportunity for improvement. From working together more effectively as a team to growing professionally to tackling a long bothersome problem, there’s always room to figure out how to make things better."

Rose. D | Manager, Content Services