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Frequently Asked Questions
Checkouts and Holds
A full-access King County Library System (KCLS) library card in good standing may borrow: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 log in or borrow items from OverDrive or hoopla. Versión en español:¿Cuántos artículos me puedo llevar prestados?
All items except downloads Maximum of 100 items OverDrive eBooks and downloadable audiobooks 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. (Kanopy Kids, Great Courses, and Credit-Free Viewing are counted separately.)
Most videodiscs (DVDs and Blu-rays), except feature films
28 days OverDrive:
- downloadable audiobooks
hoopla digital comics
21 days Magazines
Feature film videodiscs (DVDs and Blu-rays)
hoopla digital music
7 days hoopla digital video 3 days (72 hours) Kanopy digital video
2-3 days (48-72 hours), depending on the film Most Media Equipment (use in library only) 1 day
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No. Magazines do not count toward checkout limits.
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.