Help with Downloadable books

Want to read or listen to books on your device?    YES, you can!

Ebooks are made available to resident and fee card members of the St. Joseph / Maud Preston Palenske Memorial library through Libby at the Southwest Michigan Digital Library.     


For the majority of devices, you will want to go to your app store and download the free Libby app.


To find out more: 

Help getting started


You need only to log-in with your library card number and pin.   The PIN is the last four digits of your library barcode.   If you got your card recently, there may be a small gap (up to 1 week) between when your card was issued and when it is uploaded into the Overdrive system.   If this is your issue, please call the library.   We can enter you manually to get you started.


You may be asked to set up accounts for Overdrive and/or Adobe Digital Editions.    There are no charges for these.


Southwest Michigan Digital Library

The Southwest Michigan Digital Library is a cooperative of  32 area libraries who are sharing our digital resources.    Members of participating libraries have access to downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, music and video.   Books and Music can be read/listened to on your smart phone, ereader, mp3 player, or personal computer.    You can download the Libby app to your device and take your reading on the go.


Please Note:

This service is limited to St. Joseph Public Library cardholders, and is not available for reciprocal borrowers.   However, you may have access through your home library.   Click here for a list of participating libraries.

Log-in for your SMDL account is your library card number and your PIN.  The PIN is the last 4 digits of your barcode. 

If you have recently obtained your library card and are having trouble signing in,  please contact library staff.    Cards are uploaded to the overdrive system weekly, but we can add you in manually if you need access right away.  

Contact the library if you are having trouble accessing your SMDL account.