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Eric Moore

Downloadable Books

Eric Moore, CUGG

November 10, 2006

The Weld Library District rolled out a new service that may be of interest to anyone with a computer and a library card.  A number of book titles are now available as downloadable eBooks at  To get started, you will need:

Look for links under the Getting Started sidebar on how to acquire and install the OverDrive Media Console software.  You will also find detailed information about using the service and where to go to get help.

Note that the eBooks are recorded in the copyright-protected Windows Media Audio format.  Due to licensing restrictions, the WMA is not currently supported by the Apple iPod or Macintosh.  You may also wish to use a high speed connection to the Internet to download your books.  As an example, a book that was published as a 352-page paperback is available through eBooks as a 94 MB download!  This could require several hours to download over a dial-up connection.

You may have up to five items checked out at a time.  The typical lending period is 14 days, but can differ for some titles.  After the lending period has elapsed, an eBook will no longer be accessible, at which point you will want to delete it from your computer.  Items cannot be renewed, but you can check them out again if they are available.  You may also request holds for items that are currently checked out.  You may have up to ten holds at any one time.

Other information and services of the Weld Library District, including an online catalog of physical materials, are available at  If you do not already have a library card, you will find information on how to get one at


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