Digital Library of Illinois, powered by Overdrive, is our virtual branch filled with over 40,000 unique titles. eBooks and audiobooks are available in a variety of formats to work with the most popular devices. Magazines are now available too.
A Des Plaines Library card is required to use Overdrive. Sign up for a library card here.
Have your library card handy, you will need it the first time you log in.
You may or may not need an App depending on the device you are using and whether you are reading or listening.
Apps for your tablet or phone
Overdrive's App is called Libby. Read about Libby by Overdrive
You can read ebooks and magazines and listen to audiobooks from your computer. There are lots of options described here.
Tips for using Overdrive Digital Library
Checkouts Periods & Limits
Items checkout for 7, 14 or 21 days depending on your personal settings. After the selected time period the book license expires and the book is returned automatically. Never an overdue book.
Five items can be checked out at a time and seven items can be placed on hold.
You can checkout Overdrive ebooks, audiobooks and magazines many ways. From your browser with the Overdrive Digital Library link, through one of the Apps, and through the library general materials catalog. So many options means something for everyone, but it also begs the question which way is best? It depends on your devices and habits. If you want a particular title and the format doesn't matter - print or ebook or audiobook, then the library catalog is for you. Check your Overdrive item out and then retrieve from your favorite APP or read in the browser of your device.
Getting Help with Overdrive Digital Library
We recommend Overdrive Digital Library's online help. It is very helpful!
Magazine questions? Try out this dppl-on-demand video.