Who We Are

Global distributor of digital content for libraries & schools

A World Enlightened by Reading

Steve Potash founded OverDrive in 1986. As the possibilities of the internet and digital books evolved through the 1990s, we refocused our mission. OverDrive launched our content distribution service in 2000, and since that time, our reach has rapidly expanded. Along with the industry’s leading digital reading platform, OverDrive now offers the largest digital content catalog in the world to more than 92,000 libraries and schools in 115 countries and the highest-rated apps that are built to create reading happiness.

Through the years, we’ve learned from our successes and challenges, and, most importantly, from our partners. Account by account, we’ve established long-term, trusted relationships with publisher, library and school partners around the world. From the beginning, it has been equally important to align with the mission of our global network to support communities with passion and collaboration while championing reading literacy. As we continue to reach for new goals, OverDrive’s vision, mission, core beliefs and values remind us of who we are as a company and what we strive for each day: A World Enlightened by Reading.


We’re headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Learn what we believe in.

Hear from Founder & CEO Steve Potash about OverDrive's start and how we strive to fulfill our mission every day.

Corporate Social Responsibility Report:

A summary of OverDrive's actions & impact as a mission-based company.

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The OverDrive family of services

We work with more than 92,000 public libraries, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporations in 115 countries worldwide.

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Industry Awards & Recognition

2021 President's "E" Award for Exports

2021 Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

Consumer World Awards App of the Year 2020

Popular Mechanics Best Apps of 2010s

TIME Best Inventions 2019

2019 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award

2019 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

2018 Best of Tech Awards

Best of 2017, Google Play

Best Customer Service, Charleston Advisor

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