Using My Media Mall

What’s in the My Media Mall digital library?

Hundreds of popular and classic titles are available free, as either digital audiobooks or eBooks.

  • eBooks can be read as text on most popular eReaders and mobile devices, PCs, and Macs
  • Audiobooks can be listened to on a computer, transferred to a portable audio device, or burned to CDs

Search for a particular author or title, or browse categories including new arrivals, children’s books, classics, romance, and mysteries. Nonfiction subjects include biographies, business, cooking, and foreign language instruction. New titles are added each week.

Easy checkout & nothing to return

  • Digital books can be “checked out” for up to 2 weeks, audiobooks for 2 weeks. During your checkout period, use your download as often as you like.
  • You can have 5 checked out at a time.

After the due date, downloaded files are automatically no longer usable, so there’s nothing to return. (You may want to delete the files to save memory.) The licensing agreement for most titles notes that all copies, including those transferred to portable devices and other media, must be deleted/destroyed at the end of the lending period. Some Adobe eBooks can be returned early.

Reserving items (placing holds)

Some books such as bestsellers are available in limited numbers. If all copies are checked out, you can “place a hold” to reserve an item; an e-mail notice will tell you when it’s ready.

  • You can have 7 titles on hold at a time.
  • You will have 3 days to “pick up” (i.e. download) your reserved item before it expires.

There’s also a collection of “Always Available Audiobooks” that are, as the name says, always available!

Advantages for people with low vision & learning disabilities

Digital books offer advantages for readers with special needs. The on-screen text of an eBook can be easily enlarged. The playback of digital audiobooks can be adjusted; the speed can be slowed for readers with learning disabilities or increased for the visually impaired.

Free software & help downloading

You’ll need special free software to use digital books. The first time you check out, the digital library will tell you what's needed, then lead you through the downloading process. Or use our step-by-step instructions, using the link to your device (on this page, at the right).

Get started using digital books

  1. In the library catalog, click the  "EBooks & Audiobooks" link at the right, then click "My Media Mall."
  2. When you find a book you want, add it to your cart. An item in your cart is reserved for you for 30 minutes. If you haven’t checked it out by then, it goes back onto its virtual shelf.
  3. When you proceed to checkout, you’ll need to enter your Champaign library card number and your library account PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number).
  4. If it’s your first time checking out a particular kind of book file, the digital library will help you download the software you’ll need. After that's in place, you can finish checkout.
  5. Once a book is downloaded, you can transfer it to a portable device or burn it onto CDs, if you wish.
  6. If you have an Apple or Android mobile device, you can download an OverDrive app to your device and check out and read eBooks with that device. See more details in our step-by-step instructions.

What computer or portable device do I need?

Digital eBooks are in the Adobe EPUB, Adobe PDF and Kindle formats and can be read on a PC, Mac, and selected e-readers and mobile devices.  See more details in our brochures.

Digital audiobooks are in two formats:

  1. OverDrive Windows Media Player (WMA) format which can be used on PCs with Microsoft Windows operating systems and on various portable media players, Smartphones, Zunes and PDAs. WMA audiobooks can be played on Windows-formatted Apple devices on a title-by-title basis (where permitted by the publisher or record label). See more details in our brochures.
  2. OverDrive MP3 format which can be used on Macs, PCs, iPods and various portable media players, e-readers and mobile devices.  See more details in our brochures.

My Media Mall has a link to a suggested list of portable devices. Note that in order to use OverDrive WMA Audiobook titles on a device, the device must either support the bit rate of 32kbps or be able to transcode 32kbps files to a supported bit rate. You may want to check your device documentation to determine if a device supports protected Windows Media content at 32kbps.

(To use OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks on a device, the device must either support the bit rate of 64kbps or be able to transcode 64kbps files to a supported bit rate. To use OverDrive Video on a device, the device must either support the bit rate of 500kbps or be able to transcode 500kbps to a supported bit rate.)

Note: If you are using an e-reader or mobile device, you may need to have a memory card with sufficient memory space installed in order to transfer audiobook files from your PC to your device.

About eAudiobooks and Mac and iPod compatibility

OverDrive Audiobooks in WMA format use copyright protection technology from Microsoft Corporation. Many OverDrive WMA Audiobooks can be transferred to Apple devices on a title-by-title basis (where permitted by the publisher or record label) using the Transfer Wizard in OverDrive Media Console v3.2.0.5 (or newer) for Windows.

With OverDrive Media Console for Mac, OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks can be downloaded and enjoyed on Macs and transferred to iPods. The built-in Burn Wizard can be used to burn MP3 Audiobooks to CD, and the Transfer Wizard allows quick and easy transfer to Apple® devices. See the My Media Mall help page for instructions.

Troubleshooting

I can’t seem to check out an eAudiobook; why not?

If you have unpaid fees or your library card has expired, your account may be blocked. You can see if there are blocks by checking your account online.

I got an error message while trying to download my audiobook. It says a connection to the Internet could not be established, but I am connected to the Internet. Why am I getting this error?

According to OverDrive, this error typically indicates that Windows Media Player does not have a connection to the Internet. It is possible to receive this error message even if you are connected to the Internet.

OverDrive says that the error can be corrected by taking the following steps:

  • Configure firewalls or Internet security applications to allow Windows Media Player to have Internet access.
  • Disable any Web accelerators that you may be running.
  • Add proxy server login information to the OverDrive Media Console. To do so, go to Tools > Options in OverDrive Media Console and fill in your login and password in the “Internet options” section.

You might also try East Brunswick Public Library’s instructions for configuring Norton Internet Security to allow OverDrive Media Console to have Internet access.

I followed the instructions for the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade and nothing happened.

Try downloading the upgrade directly from Microsoft.

My Media Mall, eBooks and audiobooks

Compatible Devices

See which devices work with library downloads:

EBook Devices
Audio Devices

Step-by-Step Instructions

View/print our guides, or visit the My Media Mall help page.

Ebook instructions
Audiobook instructions