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Overdrive Digital Branch

The OverDrive Digital Branch is a service we offer to our patrons for downloading free audio-books, eBooks, music, and videos.

Watch the tutorials (Adobe Flash and headphones are required)

These tutorials may take a little while to download, so please be patient.

I own an iPod. Can I use OverDrive too?
Yes,most WMA and all MP3 audiobooks are compatible for direct transfer to the iPod, iPhone, and other Apple devices. 


NetLibrary provides audio books and eBooks on many subjects for Windows based computers only. NetLibrary does not provide any access to their content for Apple or Linux users.

Existing NetLibrary Users:
Even through the GDL will be using OverDrive for our digital content, you can still access your NetLibrary account through the State of Michigan's subscription by clicking the link to NetLibrary on this page.

New NetLibrary Users:
We encourage you to try OverDrive, but if you would still like to access all of the subscription content for NetLibrary, you simply need to:

  1. Click on the NetLibrary link above.
  2. You will need to identify yourself with either your Michigan Driver's License/ID or your Genesee District Library card.
  3. Once the NetLibrary website loads, you'll need to click the link that reads, "Create New Free Account" that is in the upper right corner of the page. Follow the instructions there and you'll be able to access the NetLibrary content.

Pre-loaded MP3 Players (Playaways) - List of Playaways

Picture of PlayawayThe GDL also offers Playaways for checkout. A Playaway is basically an digital audio player that is preloaded with an audio book. All you need to do is to supply your own headphones; no downloading or tranferring required! These units run on standard AAA batteries which are provided when you check out the player. Playaways also include bookmarking features and the ability to increase the speed of the reader. Try one today! You can check out one playaway for two weeks at any GDL branch.

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