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eBooks

Find eBooks to download and read on your device.

eBooks

Find eBooks to download and read on your device.

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eBooks and Audiobooks on OverDrive

Keep your to-read pile well-stocked with eBooks that you can enjoy at home. Download your next read from OverDrive now.

Digital Comics on hoopla

Love comics? Explore our most popular checkouts last month. Find a new favorite. Start reading now for free on hoopla.

10 to Try

Challenge yourself to read something with 10 to Try, our annual reading challenge!

Seasonal feature: 10 to Try Annual Reading Challenge

Announcing our 2020 reading challenge, 10 to Try!

Get the details on our 2020 reading challenge, 10 to Try.

Staff Picks

Updates and Tips

Get tips for reading eBooks from your library. Find out about new features and other changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Checkouts and Holds

  • 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
    hoopla digital music, movies, TV, and comics 10 items per month
    RBdigital magazines No checkout limits
    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, hoopla, or RBdigital.
  • Yes. You can now place new holds, activate suspended holds, and pick up holds. You will get an email notification when your holds are available.

    Or stop by to pick up a surprise bag of five book titles at any Curbside to Go location.

  • Books, CDs, cassettes, CD-ROMs, LPs, kits, players, DVD sets with runtime of 5 hours and label 28 days
    OverDrive eBooks, OverDrive and RBdigital 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)
    RBdigital magazines   Unlimited
    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 eBooks

  • To check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, or video from OverDrive, you need the following:

  • 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.

  • Titles return automatically at the end of the lending period. If you would like to return a title early, visit the OverDrive, opens a new window help site, opens a new window for details on how to return a title from your device.

  • Holds can be rescheduled through the Libby app, OverDrive website, and OverDrive app. Follow these steps.

    It is not possible to reschedule through the library catalog.

  • 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. 

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Need help with eBooks or finding information? We're now open for phone, email, and chat while libraries are closed. Contact us.
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