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Get Started with Wisconsin's Digital Library

Go straight to the Wisconsin's Digital Library, Powered by OverDrive or learn more about all of our offerings below. With Overdrive, you can download audiobooks, eBooks, music and videos directly to your computer or for use with a variety of devices. Fiction and nonfiction are included, and many popular titles are available.

Overdrive Promotion

On March 18, the Madison Public Library Foundation committed an emergency gift from a reserve fund of $50,000 to add eBooks and audiobooks to expand this collection. The demand is so high that they set a goal of adding another $90,000 to that fund as soon as possible, for a total of $140,000 to increase titles in the collection. Learn more and consider donating.


Notice regarding accessibility (February 24, 2020)

It has been brought to the attention of Madison Public Library that OverDrive, one of the providers of electronic publications to our patrons, has been secretly steering people with visual disabilities away from their primary product, the Libby app.  OverDrive has chosen to do so through a message, only accessed through screen readers, which states the following:

Welcome to Libby! This is a secret message for screen readers. We are working to improve your experience with this app. In the meantime, our OverDrive app is more accessible. You can find it in the app store. We thank you for your patience.

We discovered that this disparity has existed since the new app was introduced over two years ago.  Madison Public Library finds this kind of messaging targeted at the blind and visually impaired community offensive, and we expect OverDrive to immediately resolve the issue by correcting the accessibility issues with the Libby app.  

Madison Public Library apologizes to our library patrons who have been impacted, and intends to lead efforts to bring about greater compliance and usability. 

The City of Madison and Madison Public Library intend for this statement to reaffirm our commitment to equal access and inclusion for all residents.

Online Resources

A wide selection of academic e-books from top publishers and presses. | more info »
The EBSCOhost eBooks collection (formerly NetLibrary) includes the searchable full text of over 8,000 online books. Fiction and nonfiction are included. | more info »
Access popular multi-volume reference books, including Business Plans Handbook; Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law; Reference Guide to World Literature; Small Business Sourcebook; and more. | more info »
A custom Safari Books Online library that contains a specially-tailored subset of 200 titles from Safari Books Online's extensive library. Safari Books Online has many best-selling, top-rated computing and technology books. | more info »

eBook and Audiobook News

Important Update on Checked Out Materials

Flipster online portal for magazines

While our libraries are closed, please be advised that book drops are also closed. Please keep library materials until libraries reopen. Due dates of checked out materials will be extended to accommodate the closure, and holds will be retained at libraries until libraries reopen. 

Mar 18, 2020

Changes to Flipster

Flipster Web Feature

Beginning January 2, 2019, only certain SCLS libraries will continue subscribing to Flipster. But don't worry, Madison Public Library is one of them!

In order to access your favorite magazines, you'll need to log in with Madison Public Library's user ID and password.

Contact your nearest Madison library and ask for credentials!

Jan 2, 2019

Computer Programming & Technical Resources

Technical and Computer Resources CIO

Your library card gives you FREE access to technical ebooks and so much more! Safari Books Online is a custom library of top-rated computer programming books, code snippets, certification preparation, practice exercises, and training videos. 

Nov 20, 2018

eBooks & Audiobooks

Borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the library with Libby.

Your library card gives you 24/7 access to over 71,000 digital books, audiobooks, videos and more - thanks to OverDrive and Wisconsin's Digital Library. You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed eBooks to a Kindle device for the duration of your lending period.

Jun 18, 2018