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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 or hoopla.
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.
Books, CDs, cassettes, CD-ROMs, LPs, kits, players, DVD sets with runtime of 5 hours and label 28 days OverDrive:
- 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) Most Media Equipment (use in library only) 1 day Reusable KCLS bags 1 year, 2 renewals
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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.
Borrowing periods vary by service. Please visit How long can I borrow items for?, opens a new window
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.
Publishers do not always offer eBook versions of backlist titles.
In some cases, individual titles in a series become available over a span of time. In other cases, they remain unavailable due to publisher restrictions. If you notice a series title is unavailable in our eBook collection, you can recommend it for purchase in OverDrive.
Some Kindle titles are exclusive to Amazon and not available through Overdrive. We purchase Kindle editions whenever possible. If a Kindle edition is available through Amazon, we can submit a request to OverDrive. This does not guarantee that we'll be able to add the Kindle edition.
Please contact Ask KCLS if there is a Kindle edition showing on Amazon.com.