Last Updated: Nov 03, 2016     Views: 1385

Yes, BCPL has downloadable audiobooks available through the Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium (Overdrive) catalog and the 3M Cloud Library. Always log into your BCPL library account before searching the OverDrive catalog to find titles available to BCPL customers only. 

Titles are also available to be checked out or placed on hold through the BCPL library catalog. The checked out title will not be downloaded to your computer or device from the BCPL catalog. You will need to use your 3M Cloud Library or OverDrive account to download the audiobook to your computer or device. 

You will need a BCPL library card and a 3M Cloud or OverDrive app for your specific computer or portable device in order to download and read titles on that portable device or computer.

For details, go to BCPL's audiobook page:

3M Cloud Library

Offline listening is available via the iOS and Android apps only. Offline listening is not available via the Web Streaming or PC and Mac streaming of an audiobook

Both the PC and Mac version of the 3M app stream the content and do not download the entire audiobook file. Transfer of the file from a PC or MAC to an MP3 player is not available.

Locating the Maryland's Digital eLibary Consortium and 3M catalogs from our home page:

  1. Check out our Downloadables Audiobooks page which is also found by clicking on the Digital Library button in the middle of our home page.

    Customers can also access the page lof downloadable items by going to the Find Materials area at the top of our home page and click on Digital Audio, eBooks and Movies link in the middle column.
    Next click on “Listen to audiobooks”.
  2. Click either the 3M or OverDrive image.
  3. Select the 3M Cloud Library on the Web button to get to the 3M catalog.

    We recommend you first LogIn to your 3M account at the top right of the catalog using your BCPL library card number without spaces and your password

    Using the Filters feature gives you a drop down menu that allows you to select titles to be presented to you that are only audiobooks, eBooks or both and that are "Available Now" to be borrowed
  4. Look for the Connect to Overdrive button to find the OverDrive catalog.

We recommend you first Sign In to your Overdrive account at the top right of the catalog using your BCPL library card number without spaces.  This will present you with additional titles that BCPL purchased for only our customers beyond those purchased through Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium.

Overdrive carries 2 formats of audiobooks: MP3 and OverDrive Listen.  Not all formats work on all computers and devices, so remember to choose the correct format for your computer or device.

Click on the Advanced Search link under the Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium search box. Use the dropdown All Formats box and switch it to OverDrive MP3 audiobook or OverDrive Listen audiobook. Notice the check box for "Available Now".  If you click on the check box, it returns results showing the audiobooks that are available for immediate checkout  Then click the Search button.

What is the difference between MP3 and OverDrive Listen audiobooks?

OverDrive Listen audiobooks play right in your web browser. No software or downloads are required.

MP3 audiobooks are compatible with more devices, and can be played on Mac and Windows computers.

To listen to MP3 audiobooks, you must download the free OverDrive software to your computer or the mobile app for your device to downloaded audiobooks. The audiobook can be transfer to most devices.