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Checkouts and Holds

  • 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 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.)
    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?







    Most videodiscs (DVDs and Blu-rays), except feature films 

    28 days
    • eBooks
    • downloadable audiobooks
    • magazines

    hoopla digital comics

    21 days
    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

    Versión en español ¿Cuánto tiempo puedo conservar los préstamos?

  • Checkout and holds limits vary by service. Please visit How many items may I check out?, opens a new window

  • Borrowing periods vary by service. Please visit How long can I borrow items for?, opens a new window

  • No. Magazines do not count toward checkout limits.

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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 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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