OverDrive is a vendor (like OCLC or EBSCO). Their product features downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, and streaming video. Wisconsin's OverDrive site is branded "Wisconsin's Digital Library" and can be found here: https://wplc.overdrive.com/.
- There are links to OverDrive/Wisconsin's Digital Library from the SCLS Resources pages (http://www.scls.info/resources and http://www.scls.info/resources/name.html).
- Each library can have a link to the service from their website. OverDrive has a collection of graphics and promotional materials that you may use.
- MARC records for individual titles are loaded into LINKcat by SCLS staff and can be loaded into other catalogs.
Publicity materials are available in the form of sample press releases, bookmarks, flyers, and shelftalkers -- see OverDrive Promotional Materials for samples and ordering information.
OverDrive partners with many publishers. Currently WPLC licenses downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, and a small collection of streaming videos.
A WPLC selection committee is selecting the content. SCLS Representatives are Kelly Allen (Oregon) and Katie Hanson (Madison). You can recommend titles for WPLC to purchase when using the OverDrive site. Recommendations are forwarded to the selection committee for review.
The WPLC Collection Development Policy (pdf) is available on the WPLC website.
Any patron living in the 7-county area of SCLS. Reciprocal LINKcat library card holders who live outside of the 7-county area cannot have access through SCLS. These patrons can access the service through their local library system.
Statistics for OverDrive are available in the Reference Databases Information area of the SCLS web site, under "Usage Statistics for Reference Databases." The service was started in October 2005.
Wisconsin's Digital Library is a project of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC), a consortium of all the library systems in Wisconsin. SCLS pays the WPLC membership fee which allows all SCLS libraries to be part of the WPLC Digital Media Buying Pool.
Please check OverDrive Help for answers to patrons' most frequently asked questions.
The OverDrive Media Console software is available on SCLS network patron PCs through the OverDrive Media Console icon on the desktop of patron PCs. Patrons may also use it on their own laptops/devices via the library's wireless network.
When a patron gets a new barcode, library staff can use an OverDrive Marketplace account to log in and merge the patron's old barcode and new barcode. As soon as the two accounts are merged, the patron will be able to access their OverDrive holds and transactions using their new barcode.
If your library doesn't have an OverDrive Marketplace account, please contact Jean Anderson.
Library staff and the patron will need to wait until the next day for the new card number to work as new numbers are added to the authentication database through an overnight process.
Yes. Patrons can check out the titles in the library, and then go home to download them. If the library offers a wireless network, patrons may use their own laptops/devices to download some titles in the library via the wireless network.
OverDrive Support Request Form: Library staff may request accounts to contact OverDrive Support by contacting Jean Anderson. The form for obtaining technical support is part of OverDrive Marketplace, a staff-only website provided by OverDrive. Support requests are submitted by logging in to the OverDrive Marketplace website and filling out the form. OverDrive assigns a case number to each request and responds to library staff via email.
WPLC Support Request Form: If the problem is not covered elsewhere, patrons may request help using the WPLC OverDrive Support Request form. They will be prompted for:
- Email Address
- Local Library
- Library Card Number
- Description of the problem
Requests will be directed to the library the patron selects on the form.
- In-person training for library staff is available by contacting Jean Anderson.
- An online, interactive OverDrive Support Course is offered 2-3 times per year. Contact Jean Anderson for more information.
- OverDrive offers pre-recorded webinars and slides for library staff training.
- OverDrive offers live webinars on a regular basis.