Wendy from Oostburg Public Library loves her job and her community. With libraries closing their doors until the virus passes, Wendy has been helping patrons get books and audiobooks without having to leave the comfort of their own home! We are grateful to her for writing this easy tutorial for you to use. #StayHome and expand your mind!

It’s easy to get the books you love or want to read at home!

  1. Get the Kindle, Overdrive or Libby app.
    You will need a valid (not out of date or having excessive fines) library card and your pin-this is usually the last four digits of your phone number when you registered for your card. You can still use an Easicat card, but we are now a part of the Monarch Library System, so choose that when you log in.
  2. Log on to – this is the website through which you search/choose a book.
    It will loan the book to you if it is available, or place a hold for you if all copies of the book are checked out. You can search for authors, titles or subjects or you can scroll down the home page to see books available now. If searching for an author, for example, when the author’s page loads you can click on the “filter” dropdown menu and then click “available now” to get immediate borrowing choices. If you click on the book cover, you can read a summary.
  3. “Borrow” the book by clicking the borrow button!
    When you click on borrow, you can choose kindle or EPUB ebook. EPUB will download on your device to be opened in either Libby or Overdrive; Kindle links to Amazon where you log in to your Amazon account and choose a device linked to that account to receive the book either in the Kindle app or on a Kindle read-only device.

Have questions? The Wisconsin Public Library website has an extensive help guide – just click here! On the home page on the top far right click on the menu icon and you will find “help” near the bottom of choices.

Also worth noting is Project Gutenburg! No library card is needed for this fantastic resource. It has thousands of free books to download to your Kindle or Overdrive (EPUB format) app. Great classics are available there, from authors like Jane Austen to Mark Twain, and titles such as Little Women or Call of the Wild. And you don’t have to wait in line – these are always available.

Be encouraged! Take some time to set up and navigate these resources – from then on, you will be reading or listening to new books in just seconds.