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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

Beyond the printed page

Beyond the printed page

Although 2014 is well underway, we’d like to not only take a brief look back at 2013, but also put the past in the context of our future here at the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL). We’re happy to say that more than 3,000 new people became registered patrons of our libraries in ...

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)