These instructions are for using the OverDrive software on your home computer to download library e-audiobooks.

In order to use digital audiobooks with your MP3 player, you will need to download OverDrive onto your desktop or laptop. For instructions to use e-audiobooks with an MP3 device that supports apps (Windows, Android or iOS smart phone/tablet, & iPod touch v 4.3 or higher), please see the OverDrive app instruction page.

Devices that require these instructions:

  • iPhone 1st generation
  • iPod 2nd generation or newer
  • Memorex, Sandisk, Samsung, Coby or Philips MP3 players

Don't see your device listed here? Check out the OverDrive Device Resource Center for more information.

Formats supported:

  • MP3

install overdrive on a Windows computer:

Your Windows computer must be equipped with:

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • Windows Media Player version 9 or higher
  • Internet Explorer version 7 or higher
  1. Visit the OverDrive page and select the version of Windows you have.
  2. Click Download for Windows to begin the download
  3. Choose to Save the file (not Open)
  4. Once downloaded, double-click the installation file to open it.
  5. Follow the instructions to complete installation of OverDrive.

install overdrive media console on a Mac computer:

  1. Visit the OverDrive page
  2. Click Download for Mac to begin the download
  3. Choose to Save the file
  4. Once downloaded, double-click the installation file to open it.
  5. Follow the instructions in the Setup Wizard to complete installation of OverDrive software.

Download and Transfer Audiobooks:

  1. In your computer's Internet browser, go to Wisconsin's Digital Library (dbooks.wplc.info).
  2. Log in to your library account by selecting Sign In in the upper right hand corner and entering your library card affiliation (type: Shorewood Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, or whatever Milwaukee County Library location your card is from) and library card number and pin. You can choose to have your device remember your card number and PIN so you will not need to re-enter it each time. However, you will need to re-enter your affiliated library.
  3. Search or browse for audiobooks by selecting the menu icon (looks like three orange bars stacked horizontally), and choosing which genre or type you want to look at.
    Select a title you’d like to borrow by clicking on the cover.
  4. Click on a title you wish to borrow. Click Borrow to complete the check-out process, then click Go To Bookshelf to download the title.
  5. Click Download and follow the instructions to complete the download into OverDrive.
  6. If the book is not immediately available to borrow, click the orange Hold button. On the next page, confirm your email address and confirm your hold request. You will be notified via email when the book is available for you to check out.
  7. Open OverDrive to see the titles you have downloaded. When you're ready, just plug your MP3 player into your computer and drag the book files to the device in OverDrive. For more information on transferring audiobooks to your MP3 player go to the Windows help page or the Mac help page.

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