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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: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.
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.
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.
To check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, or video from OverDrive, you need the following:
- A KCLS library card in good standing.
- Internet access
- A computer or mobile device to read, listen, or watch your OverDrive titles.
- You may also need the Libby App, OverDrive app, opens a new window or Adobe Digital Editions, opens a new window. For more information about how to check out items from OverDrive, see How do I check out and read or listen to an eBook or downloadable audiobook from OverDrive?
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.