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What happens when my OverDrive Instant Digital Card expires?

Below are some questions and answers about OverDrive’s instant cards, which allow access with a mobile phone number.

Screenshot of OverDrive sign up

What is an OverDrive Instant Digital Card?

Before logging in to use Westlake Library’s OverDrive collection, visitors might see a popup that asks whether they need a card. It offers signup via a mobile number.

This service provides temporary access to use the WPPL’s OverDrive collection for up to 365 days, after which the patron needs to visit the library and register for a regular WPPL card.

Introducing automatic renewals, timelier overdue notices

To help make managing your library accounts a little easier, the Westlake Library is introducing a couple of changes.

Automatic renewals: Each day when the library closes, a computer program will check the system for items that were due that day and will attempt to renew them. Each card holder with successful auto-renewals will receive an emailed list of their renewed items along with the new due dates. Starting date: Monday, January 29, 2018.

eBooks, digital media have moved to new Discovery Catalog

One of the most popular features of the new Discovery Catalog is easy access to digital media such as eBooks, music and audiobooks – from within the catalog, without going out to another website to place holds or check out titles. This catalog feature, called eResource Central, allows you to begin enjoying digital media more quickly.

System maintenance, partial outage set for Jan. 3-5

Cloud computing iconWestlake Porter Public Library has scheduled a major system upgrade for Jan. 3 through Jan. 5, 2017. During the transition, the library system that provides the online catalog and keeps track of user accounts, checkouts and holds will have very limited function.

If library notices are being blocked, try these steps

UPDATE: Our automated library notices now come from Please add that address to your Contacts or Safe Senders list. This change was made in January 2017.