Library eBooks for your Kindle eReader
1. Go to the Wisconsin Digital Library website:
2. Sign in:
In the upper right-hand corner, click “Sign In” to begin.
Sign in by selecting your library system (Bridges), followed by your full library card number and password (For cards issued before 11/2012, your password is your birth date (mm/dd/yyyy); for cards issued after 11/2012, it is the last four digits of your phone number)
3. Find a book to check out:
You can browse the collection two ways:
1) Click the magnifying glass to manually search for a title or author.
2) Browse the different subjects and collections listed at the top. (When browsing, you can filter your search to limit results by availability, format, subject, etc.)
4. Check out your book:
Click on the book cover. Click “Borrow” to check the book out. You will be given the opportunity to select how long you would like to borrow the item for. (Note: Make sure “Kindle Book” is one of the available formats)
If all copies of the title are checked out to other users, you will see a “Place a Hold” button instead. Click there and enter your email address to be notified when the book is available to check out.
5. Download your book:
Once the book is checked out to you, it will appear on your bookshelf. Access your bookshelf by clicking the "three books" icon in the upper right corner. From there, click “Loans” to view your borrowed item.
To download the book, select “Kindle Book” from the “choose a format” tab. You will then be redirected to Amazon.com
6. Transferring the book to your Kindle:
You will complete the transfer process from the Amazon website. There are two options for transferring the book to your Kindle.
Wireless Transfer (for Kindles with Wi-Fi)
Click “Get library book.” If you are not already signed into your Amazon account, you will be prompted to sign in now. If you own more than one Kindle, make sure the correct device is selected from the list. Click “Continue.” The book will be delivered wirelessly to your Kindle the next time it is connected to Wi-Fi.
USB transfer must be used if you own an older Kindle that cannot connect to Wi-Fi.
1) Connect your Kindle to your computer using a USB cable. After you are redirected to Amazon’s website, click “Get library book” and sign in if you are not signed in already. Click the button that says “Download Now” to save the book to your computer. When you are prompted, save the file instead of opening it.
2) If you are given the choice of where to save the file, choose the following location: Computer>Kindle>documents. If you are not given the choice, drag the file from the location where it was saved to Computer>Kindle>documents. Eject the Kindle from your computer and you are ready to read.
Transferring the book to another Kindle:
If you need to transfer the book to another device, sign into your account at Amazon.com and go to “Manage Your Content and Devices.” Click the button under “Actions” next to the book you want to transfer and choose “Deliver to” and “Others.”
Choose the device you would like to deliver the book to from the list.
Removing expired books from your Kindle:
To remove a book from your device after the loan period has ended, sign into your account at Amazon.com and go to “Manage Your Content and Devices.” Click the button under “Actions” next to the book you want to delete and choose “Delete.”
An item’s availability will be indicated just above the book cover. “Available” means the item can be checked out immediately. “Wait List” means the item is unavailable. (You can request a hold for the item).
To find out if a book is compatible with your Kindle:
Click on the book cover. Look at the available formats listed on the right side of the page. If Kindle Book is listed here, the book is compatible.
You can filter incompatible books out of your search by choosing only your format from the filters on the left side of the search page.
Where is my book saved on my Kindle?
If you transferred the book to your Kindle wirelessly, it will be saved directly to your Kindle library. If you transferred the book via USB, it will be saved under “Archives.”
I can’t find the book I’m looking for.
Not every book is available through Wisconsin’s Digital Library. You do have the opportunity to recommend a title be added to the collection. Simply click “Recommend” where prompted.
Why borrow eBooks and audio books from your library?
- Read popular titles on your device for free!
- Access your library’s digital branch anytime, anywhere.
- No late fees!
How long can I borrow an item?
7 days. This can be extended up to 21 days by changing the settings in your account.
Can I renew?
Items can be renewed if another user does not have a hold on the title. The option to renew a title will appear on your Checkouts page within 3 days of the title’s expiration date.
How many items can I check out at once?
You can have up to 10 items checked out at any given time.
Can I return items early?
From the Checkouts page, tap “Return Title” under the book you would like to return. If the item has already been downloaded, you can return it using the software or app you used to download it.
How many books can I place on hold?
You can place up to 10 titles on hold at a time. You’ll receive an email notification when a title you placed on hold becomes available. Once the email is sent, you’ll have 3 days (72 hours) to borrow the title before your hold is cancelled.
What about audio books?
Unfortunately, your Kindle E Ink reader does not support audio books. Audio books can be downloaded to a tablet or to your computer.
I need more help! What do I do?
Make an appointment with a librarian! Telephone 262-782-6717 to arrange an appointment for one-on-one training.