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Audio Downloading Instructions

You will need:

  • A home computer (Windows or Mac)
  • A valid Readlyn Community Library account
  • Free media software: Overdrive Media Console
  • (Another piece of software: Windows Media Player or iTunes)

1) Install free software: Overdrive Media Console

2) Check out titles

  • Search or browse the collection on the Bridges website
  • When you find an audiobook you’d like to listen to, click on “Add to Cart.” It will stay in your cart for 30 minutes. (If the title is already checked out you can click on “Add to wait list” and you will receive an e-mail when it is available for you to check out)
  • Click on “Proceed to checkout.” Find "Readlyn Community Library" in the list of participating libraries and type in your library card number and last name.
  • Note: You may have 3 titles checked out at one time, and each title is checked out for 1 week.

3) Download the book

  • In your Cart, click on the Download button for the title. The Media Console will automatically launch.
  • Select the parts you want to download and click on OK. The title will begin to download.

Once downloaded, you may listen to the book on your computer, using Windows Media Player, or you may transfer to a portable device, such as an mp3 player. Some titles may also be burned to CD for your personal use. (Look for the icon for CD burning)

4) Transfer to mp3 player or iPod

  • In the Media Console select the book you want to transfer and click on the “Transfer” button at the top of the Console window.
  • Connect your portable device to the computer, and click on “Next”
  • When the device has been detected, the confirmation window will appear;
  • Select the parts that you want to transfer and click on “Next”
  • When the transfer is complete you can disconnect the device. Click on ‘Finish"
  • (Note: Transferring to an iPod also requires having iTunes on your computer.)

5) Burning to CD (only for those titles for which CD burning is allowed by the publisher)

This assumes that you have downloaded the latest version of the Overdrive Media.

  • Insert a blank CD-R in the CD drive of your computer.
  • In the Media Console, select the title you want to burn to CD and click on the “Burn” button at the top of the Console window.
  • In the Burn wizard window click “Next”
  • Choose the parts to want to download. It will burn the parts one at a time, and prompt you when you need to insert another blank CD, so you can select all the parts if you want to eventually burn all of them.) Click on “Next.”
  • When each part has been burned you’ll be prompted to insert another CD.