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Wisconsin's Digital Library / OverDrive

Wisconsin's Digital Library (aka OverDrive) is a catalog of free e-books, audio books, music and videos that you can check out and download. All you need is a library card to access the collection and, depending on your device, special software to facilitate the download process.

First-time users:

Make sure your device is compatible! Visit the Device Resource Center.

Quick guides / instructions:

Required software: OverDrive Media Console | Adobe Digital Editions
(Note: Please read the appropriate "quick guide" for your device first.)

Checkout limits: A maximum of 10 OverDrive items may be checked out for seven or 14 days at a time; e-books have an additional 21-day option. Except for e-books, items cannot be returned early. Renewals are only possible by checking out the item again, and only if no one else is waiting for it.

Download availability: Not all downloads are immediately available. Like physical library items, they only can be checked out to a set number of users at one time. However, you may "place a hold" on any item to be notified when it becomes available. You will receive an email, and the item will be held for you for three days.

Help topics / resources:

From the MCPL Blog

Tablets, E-readers, E-books, Laptops…

Tablets, E-readers, E-books, Laptops…

...are available for checkout at your local MCPL!  Tablets and laptops are available for in-house use for up to two hours. Tablets are only available at the Wausau library and include iPad and Android-based devices. The laptops are all Windows 7 PCs. E-readers are available for 14-day ...

From the WPLC blog...

Digital Library Website Changes 4/9/14

4/7/14 OverDrive will be making a couple of changes to the digital library website on Wednesday, April 9th. First, the Help page will be refreshed to correspond with the new OverDrive Help ( This includes an update to the branding, removal of the ‘Discover the Next Generation Experience’ page, and the ‘Device Resource Center’ link.  It’s ... (read more)