Audiobooks

Audiobooks

Find audiobooks to download, stream, play on CD, or listen to on a pre-loaded player.

Audiobooks on OverDrive

Listen to your favorite audiobooks without leaving home. Download or stream your next read from OverDrive now.

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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:
    • eBooks
    • downloadable audiobooks
    • magazines

    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.

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OverDrive Downloadable Audiobooks

  • The checkout process varies by device.

    Don’t see your device listed here? Please visit the OverDrive help site, opens a new window for more instructions or contact Ask KCLS for help.

  • 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.

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