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Frequently Asked Questions
Checkouts and Holds
Yes. You can place new holds, activate suspended holds, and pick up holds. You will get an email notification when your holds are available.
Some borrowing limits have changed while libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our blog to find out what's different during the closure.
A full-access King County Library System (KCLS) library card in good standing may borrow:
All items except downloads Maximum of 100 items OverDrive eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, and video 25 items OverDrive magazines No checkout limits hoopla digital music, movies, TV, and comics 10 items per month Kanopy streaming movies 5 items per month. No holds.
KCLS is not responsible for damage to equipment that occurs while using library-owned material.
Patrons who have reached the maximum number of physical checkouts are not able to login or borrow items from OverDrive or hoopla.
Books, CDs, cassettes, CD-ROMs, LPs, kits, players, DVD sets with runtime of 5 hours and label 28 days OverDrive:
- downloadable audiobooks
hoopla digital comics
21 days Magazines, DVDs with runtime of less than 5 hours, video cassettes, hoopla digital music, OverDrive video 7 days hoopla digital video 3 days (72 hours) Most Media Equipment (use in library only) 1 day Reusable KCLS bags 1 year, 2 renewals
Checkout and holds limits vary by service. Please visit How many items may I check out?, opens a new window
Except for media equipment, physical items that are not on hold for another borrower may be renewed up to five times, until further notice.
OverDrive digital downloads that are not on hold for another borrower may be renewed once.
OverDrive Downloadable Audiobooks
If you’re looking for a specific title that we do not have, you can recommend it for purchase, opens a new window in OverDrive. However, not all publishers make their content available for libraries to purchase in a digital format. Some publishers do not allow libraries to purchase their newest eBooks until a set period of time has passed.
eBook and audiobook rights are subject to separate publishing agreements that do not always match the print publishing agreements.
Supplementary content is bonus content that comes with certain titles, often in the form of a PDF eBook (with illustrations, maps, diagrams, etc.). A title with supplementary content will say "includes supplementary content" on its details page.
To download supplementary content:
- Go to ebooks.kcls.org on a desktop computer.
- Go to your Loans page (under books icon).
- Select the paperclip icon next to the borrowed title.
- Select Download.
The supplementary content will download separately from the title. Most PDF supplementary content needs to be opened and read on a computer with Adobe Digital Editions.
If you don’t have automatic checkout enabled, you have 96 hours to check out an OverDrive hold.