For a long time, OverDrive has been the go-to for Wisconsin library patrons who want to check out eBooks and eAudioBooks. Now, OverDrive has released a new app to make it faster and easier than ever to check out electronic materials: Libby!
The Libby app is available for Apple and Android devices as well as devices and computers running Windows 10 – you can find more information about it by following this link.
Plus, Libby is integrated with the existing OverDrive system – if you currently use OverDrive and have a compatible device, you can switch over to Libby at any time! And if you use a device that is not yet supported, you can continue to use OverDrive as you have been – more information on the OverDrive app can be found below.
Borrowing Digital Audiobooks Through OverDrive
The Wisconsin Digital Library is the place to go if you want to download and listen to digital audiobooks. You’ll need to sign up for an OverDrive account (or sign in if you already have one). We strongly recommend that you sign up with your email address, not choosing “sign up using library card” or “sign up using Facebook.” Information on signing up for an account can be found here; as you can see, accounts based on a library card have more restrictions than accounts based on an email address.
While it’s not required, you may also find the app OverDrive helpful. OverDrive hooks into the Wisconsin Digital Library and can help you download and listen to digital audiobooks (as well as read eBooks). You can find extensive tutorials on how to get started with OverDrive here.
In addition to OverDrive, some digital audiobooks in our system are provided through OneClickDigital. You can use your card to set up an account with them by visiting this link.
If you’d prefer some in-person help, we’d be happy to! Stop by the library or contact us to make an appointment, and we’ll sit down with you one-on-one and get you and your device – whether it’s a phone, tablet, computer or e-reader – set up and ready to go. Please bring headphones or earbuds if you have them.
Public Domain Digital Audiobooks
Project Gutenberg is famous for making eBooks in the public domain available online. However, if you prefer to listen to your books, you might be interested in LibriVox. LibriVox relies on volunteers to read and record public domain works (most from Project Gutenberg) and then makes these recordings available for anyone to download; that means new titles are being released all the time!