Add the Library to Your Browser

We have a new super cool way to access the library catalog called LibX. You can download a library catalog search box add-on to your Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer browser. (Unfortunately not available for Chrome or Safari yet)

Now instead of going through our homepage you can search the regular library catalog and our Overdrive catalog straight from your browser:

You can also open up multiple boxes to get more specific with your search:


The coolest feature is that if you’re on a booksellers website such as Barnes and Noble or Amazon, you can highlight the title or author, right click and search our catalog for it. It’s worth checking before you buy!


Simply go to the LibX download page and choose your browser. Follow the instructions and there you go! Once downloaded you can customize the features of the search box and choose whether to have the toolbar or not. We have published a new research guide LibX: Bringing the Library Catalog to Your Browser

If you have any questions or need help please call us at 231-3750.

Overdrive App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Exciting news! There is now a free Overdrive application for your favorite Apple devices! Simply go to the app store and download the Overdrive app. Then on your mobile device head over to our Overdrive catalog, log in with your library card and start downloading!

Your selected audiobook will download directly to your device, no syncing with your home computer required.

There are already apps for using Overdrive on Blackberry and Android phones. Now Overdrive is available totally on the go!

PBS Videos on Overdrive!

We now have a full range of excellent PBS documentaries available on our Overdrive download service. These videos are always available through “maximum access”, you will never have to wait in a hold queue to see them. YAY!!

Here’s a small sampling of the popular PBS programs included:

Ken Burns’ series, The War (Emmy award winner)

The Life & Times of Frieda Kahlo (Emmy Award winner)

Masterpiece Theatre’s Northanger Abbey (a Jane Austen classic)

Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town, starring Paul Newman

Louis Henry Gates’ series, African American Lives

Download one of the many outstanding films or series through Overdrive and enjoy PBS programming on your computer any day or any time – for FREE!!

Overdrive Fun Facts

Christmas is nearly here and lots of lucky people will be getting  new fun electronics devices like ebook readers, fancy phones and mp3 players. Overdrive is your free source for downloadable ebooks and audiobooks!

Here are some Overdrive fun facts as featured on our twitter page. Keep checking back as we’ll add more to the list. If you have any questions or need help using Overdrive please call us at 231-3750 and we’ll be glad to help!

Fun Fact 1: All Sony ebook readers are compatible with all our ebook formats. great gift!

Fun Fact 2: There is a list of compatible devices on our Overdrive site.

Fun Fact 3: Sony readers PRS-505 and PRS-700 can play Overdrive mp3 format audiobooks. But they cannot play the WMA format.

Fun Fact 4: The Barnes&Noble ebook forum says that the Nook can handle Overdrive Adobe format ebooks. We have not verified this yet.

Fun Fact 5: Almost all Overdrive audiobooks can be played on an iPod, iTouch or iPhone. More gift ideas!! I’ll take a iPhone…

Not so  Fun Fact: The Amazon Kindle is NOT an Overdrive compatible device for ebooks or audiobooks. So sad…

New Overdrive Media Console Available

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library just received the following press release from OverDrive Media:

OverDrive Media Console (OMC) v3.0, now available at your digital library website, offers many features that your patrons have been anticipating. You and all your users are invited to upgrade to the new OMC v3.0.

In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from our Transfer Wizard, we have added a Burn to CD Wizard. With OMC v3.0, patrons no longer need to launch Windows Media Player to burn to CD. Instead, in just a few clicks, patrons can burn WMA audio titles through OMC. Clicking the ‘Burn’ button launches the Burn Wizard, which guides the user through this simple and straightforward burn process. For your audiobook users who burn titles to CD, they will be excited to learn that the new Burn Wizard splits OverDrive’s Audiobook parts into tracks (based on the existing MediaMarkers), allowing users to more easily navigate content they have burned to CD.

As announced and covered in the press, OverDrive will introduce the new OverDrive MP3 Audiobook (compatible with iPods). OMC v3.0 supports the new MP3 format. When OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks are available (coming Summer 2008), Windows users who have already installed OMC v3.0 will be able to use titles in this format. Users of earlier versions will need to upgrade to OMC v3.0 to enjoy OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks. To learn more about OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks, read the press release and Library Journal’s coverage of the exciting news.