Frequently Asked Questions for Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks

How do I download audiobooks and eBooks  from the Hinsdale Public Library’s eMediaLibrary service?

The eMediaLibrary collection of audiobooks and eBooks is powered by OverDrive, a leading provider of electronic media to libraries. This brief guide will tell you how to begin:


  • First you’ll prepare your computer to receive the downloaded books:

  1. Download and install the free OverDrive Media Console for your Windows or Macintosh computer.
  2. Windows computer users should install a Windows security update to enable playback of WMA (Windows Media Audio) audiobook files. A Quick Start Guide to this process can be found on the eMediaLibrary site, including links for all required software.
  • The next step is to login to My Digital Account on the eMediaLibrary Website.

    • Your barcode number is the number on the back of your library card number. It will look something like 21279000123456.
    • Your password is simply your PIN.
  • Next,  find, checkout and download books.

    • Follow the instructions on the Quick Start Guide. When you start downloading books, OverDrive Media Console will automatically open to show you the titles you have checked out.
    • For more information on the Overdrive Media Console program, read their frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.
  • To load books onto your portable device, click on the “Transfer” button in the Overdrive Media Console.

What is the difference between MP3 and WMA files?

MP3 files are a universal file format playable on nearly any digital audio player, while WMA files will only play on certain models. Fortunately, OverDrive Media console for Windows can automatically convert WMA audio files to MP3 format while transferring them to your iPod or iPhone. Not all books are authorized by publishers to be converted in this way, however. Look for the iPod icon while you’re browsing the eMediaLibrary site to make sure audiobooks will play on your Apple device.

For more information on which devices are compatible with eMediaLibrary books, and on which audiobooks are iPod/iPhone compatible, please visit the Device Resource Center provided by OverDrive.

I read that there is an iPhone application. How does it work?

The OverDrive Media Console  application for iPhone works in conjunction with the built-in Safari web browser to let you download and play audiobooks without connecting to your computer. Currently, the software only supports MP3 audiobooks. As you’re browsing or searching the collection, take careful note of the audiobook’s  format.

Windows Media Audio (WMA ) format books cannot be downloaded using the iPhone app. If you wish to play compatible WMA files, you’ll need to transfer them to your iPhone from your computer using the method described in the first section.

To get started using the iPhone application, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the free OverDrive Media Console using the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Open your iPhone’s Safari web browser and go to My Digital Account. Create a bookmark for this page by clicking the “+” button at the bottom of the screen. You can use this bookmark to quickly access the site in the future.
  3. Login using your barcode number and last name.
  4. Browse and/or search for books, adding them to your digital basket.
  5. Checkout and download your selections. When you begin your download process,  iPhone’s OverDrive Media Console Application will open automatically.
  6. Inside the application, you’ll see a list of the titles from your cart. Click on the blue arrow to the right of the book title. From the inner screen, select the “Parts” tab and download all of the parts (most books are broken up into a number of pieces).
  7. Return to the main page and select the title to play it.

How long can I keep checked-out books?

You get to decide whether you’d prefer a seven-day loan or a fourteen-day loan. At the end of the loan period, your license to listen to the files expires. You will need to manually delete the expired books using the Overdrive Media Console.

I’ve finished all of my books early. Can I return them to make room for more?

Publisher restrictions do not allow for the early return of audiobooks. Certain eBook titles may be checked in early, though.

How do I suggest an eBook or audiobook for purchase?

We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Please drop us a note.

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