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eBooks & eAudiobooks

Wisconsin's Digital Library

is powered by OverDrive or by OverDrive's Libby app  Libby

About Wisconsin's Digital Library

Wisconsin’s Digital Library is a shared, state-wide collection of digital materials available to all Wisconsin public library card holders.

It has thousands of popular eBook and eAudiobook titles that you can read or listen to on most current mobile devices, tablets, phones, or your computer. The library purchases copies of these titles from OverDrive, the largest and leading national provider of eBooks and eAudiobooks to libraries.

eBooks and eAudiobooks are free to borrow and download from home with your public library card. They expire automatically so there are never any late charges.

    • Borrow most eBooks for up to three weeks
    • Borrow most eAudiobooks for up to two weeks
    • Borrow up to 10 items at a time
    • Place up to 10 holds
    • Some titles are available right away and some have a wait list

    Wisconsin's Digital Library is brought to you by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium and with generous support from the Madison Public Library Foundation.

    Wisconsin Public Library Consortium

    Madison Public Library Foundation

    On March 18, 2020 the Madison Public Library Foundation committed an emergency gift from a reserve fund of $50,000 to add eBooks and eAudiobooks 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.

    Getting Started with eBooks and eAudiobooks on your Device

    iPhone, iPad, or Android Device

    Read or listen on your iPhone or iPad or on your Android smartphone or tablet.

    Computer / Laptop

    Read or listen on your computer or laptop.

    Kindle or Kindle Fire

    Read on your Kindle or Kindle Fire.

    Listen on your Kindle Fire.

    • Use the original OverDrive app. The original OverDrive app can also be used to Read, by downloading EPUB format eBooks to the app.

    Technical/Reference eBooks from the Library

    The Library subscribes to a number of databases separate from Wisconsin's Digital Library that provide eBooks on a variety of topics including technology, business, and the arts.

    Safari Books Online

    ​​​​​​200 titles for technology reference. Content emphasizes computer programming, software, and apps, including business aspects. For IT, software developers, web designers, system administrators and creative pros.  

    Gale Virtual Reference Library and Business Plans Handbook

    Information resources about the arts, business plans, history, literature, religion, and social sciences.

    EBSCOhost eBook Collection

    Free eBook Websites

    Project Gutenberg  

    Over 60,000 free eBook titles. Download them (EPUB or Kindle format), or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.

    See the Project Gutenberg website for more information on downloading.

    Digital Public Library of America - Open Bookshelf 

    For kids and adults

    6,300 eBook titles are available to download (EPUB format). Classic novels, children’s books, textbooks and non-English titles. 

    These books are also available to read for free via the SimplyE app. Just download the SimplyE app on iOS or Android (from the App or Play store) and choose “Digital Public Library of America” as your library.

    Glossary

    What's with all the different names?

    We know there are a lot of different terms and names related to using eBooks at the Library. We've developed a little glossary to help.

    • Wisconsin's Digital Library 
      • A shared, state-wide collection of digital materials available to all Wisconsin public library card holders.
    • OverDrive
      • The platform that powers Wisconsin's Digital Library. Lots of public libraries around the country also use OverDrive to provide access to their digital collections. 
    • Libby
      • An app created by OverDrive where you can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Library. Libby also includes an eBook reader and an eAudiobook player so you can do it all without ever leaving the app!
    • Wisconsin Public Library Consortium
      • A consortium of library systems throughout Wisconsin that works on projects that move libraries forward through experimentation and R&D. The primary, and most popular, service the consortium has developed is Wisconsin's Digital Library.
    • LINKcat
      • Madison Public Library and South Central Library System's shared catalog. In addition to searching all of the physical collections throughout the system, you can find all of the eBooks and eAudiobooks there as well. Look for the "Click to access online" link, which will send you over to the book's record in Wisconsin's Digital Library.