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Media on Demand: eBooks & eAudiobooks

The River Forest Public Library subscribes to an online service called Media On Demand, which allows RFPL cardholders to check out and download digital audiobooks, eBooks and more from OverDrive. Media On Demand titles are available for both PC and Mac users, and are compatible with most mobile devices such as Kindles, iPads, iPhones, Android-powered smartphones, Nooks and more.

With OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from the RFPL’s digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card or and these three steps:

1. Browse

Go to the Media on Demand catalog in your Internet browser, or use the library finder in OverDrive’s app on your mobile device, to find the Library’s collection and browse for titles. The RFPL purchases Media on Demand titles in cooperation with other libraries.  But, we also purchase titles just for RFPL patrons.  So, to see all titles available to you with your RFPL card, make sure to sign in by clicking on the account icon before you start browsing.  You will need your River Forest Public Library card and PIN to sign in and check out titles from Media On Demand. Your default PIN is the same as your PIN for the SWAN catalog.  If you do not know your pin, please contact the Library, and we can reset it for you.

2. Borrow

Find a title you want to check out, then click “Borrow.”  Titles you’ve borrowed will appear on your Bookshelf under your Account. If a title is not currently available for checkout, click “Place a Hold” to place a hold.  You’ll be notified via email when the title is available. Patrons may check out up to 5 titles at a time from Media On Demand and place up to 5 holds at a time.  Titles expire automatically so you’ll never have late fines or fees for lost materials.  If no one is waiting, you may renew titles before they expire.

3. Enjoy

On your Bookshelf, you’ll find options for enjoying each borrowed title, like Read (read an eBook in your browser using OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader), Play (stream a video in your browser), and Download (available for eBooks, audiobooks, music, and some videos).

If you need help getting started, visit the Overdrive Help page for instructions tailored to the specific device you’ll be using, videos, and more. For further assistance, please contact us here at the Library.  We are happy to help! Contact us by phone at 708-366-5205, by email at reference(@)riverforestlibrary.org, via text at 708-689-9005, or stop by the Adult and Teen Desk on the second floor!