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Wisconsin's Digital Library / OverDrive

Wisconsin's Digital Library (aka OverDrive) is a catalog of free e-books, audio books and videos that you can check out, download and enjoy for limited periods of time. All you need is a library card and special software to facilitate the download process. Wisconsin's Digital Library is a service of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium and is available to patrons throughout the state.

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.

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Big Library Read October 7-21

Big Library Read October 7-21

Marathon County Public Library is excited that we will be taking part in OverDrive’s Big Library Read program featuring two young adult e-books. Library card holders will be able to borrow and read "The Door in the Hedge" by Robin McKinley and/or "In the Shadow of ...

The WPLC Blog

Did you know? WPLC Patron Digital Collection Survey Tidbit

10/5/15 Here are some more tidbits from the WPLC Patron Digital Collection Survey! When confronted with a title in Wisconsin's Digital Library with 150 holds, most respondents would still place the hold (48%) but 21% said they would look to see how many copies the library had before deciding. When asked to rank the importance of the different formats, the average respondent ranked ebooks as most important, followed by audiobooks, digital magazines, streaming video, and streaming music.   ... (read more)