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The Library offers electronic books and downloadable audiobooks for Wilmette and Kenilworth patrons through two services, My Media Mall and OneClickdigital. There are many children's and young adult titles available, which you can locate on those sites or through the Library catalog.
An e-book is a text- and image-based publication you can download onto your computer, e-reader, or other portable device such as a Sony Digital Reader or Barnes & Noble Nook. You read an e-book.
A downloadable audiobook, also called an e-audiobook, is a recorded publication you can download onto your computer or portable listening device such as an mp3 player, iPod, or iPhone. You listen to a downloadable audiobook.
E-books and downloadable audiobooks can be a convenient alternative to traditional books and audiobooks. After some initial set-up on your computer or device, you can download them for free, 24/7. You can download many titles onto a single device, creating a portable library.
When you download an e-book or audiobook from the Library, it is "checked out" to you for the usual three-week period. After that, the file simply becomes unavailable to you—no overdue fines!
E-books and downloadable audiobooks should also appear in the Library catalog. Because there is sometimes a lag before they appear, however, you should double-check an item's availability on OneClickdigital and My Media Mall before assuming we do not have it.
Sign into My Media Mall using your library card number. Before you start, you may want to take the Guided Tour. You will also need to download and activate free software onto your computer before using it. For instructions, consult the "My Help" set-up wizard, available in the left-hand sidebar. My Media Mall also has videos, especially documentaries, available for download. Click here for a list of compatible devices.
To find items specifically for young people, click "Advanced Search." Choose the type of file from the Format dropdown menu. Then choose Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Literature, Juvenile Nonfiction, or Children's Video from the Subject dropdown menu.
The first time you use OneClickdigital, you will need to create a free account using the link in the upper right-hand corner. For instructions on downloading e-books and audiobooks, consult the Help section. Click here for a list of compatible devices.
We know that downloading e-books and audiobooks can be initially confusing, so please do not hesitate to call or visit the Library. We will do our best to assist you!
Even if you don't own an e-reader, you can try one at the Library. The Youth Department owns a Sony Reader and a Nook Color which are available for in-library use; sign them out at the Youth Desk. The Library also has color and wi-fi Nooks available for check-out to Wilmette and Kenilworth patrons. All e-readers are pre-loaded with books for children and adults.