How to Add Library Ebooks to Your Kindle

By Jamie W. Wed, December 19, 2012

Downloading library ebooks to a Kindle is a simple process and this post will get you started. Before going further though, please note that the Kindle Fire works like an Android tablet and the instructions for downloading to a tablet can be found here. For all other Kindles: the Paperwhite, the Kindle, and the Kindle Keyboard, here's the scoop...

Downloading to a Kindle requires that you start the process of searching for and checking out an ebook by visiting our Overdrive collection on your computer. Once you find an ebook, select the Kindle format version, login with your library card, check it out, and click the "Get For Kindle' link. You will be taken to Amazon to complete the free transaction. Amazon will give you the option of delivering the ebook to your Kindle via Wi-Fi or by downloading it to your computer where you can plug your Kindle in with the USB cable and drag and drop the ebook into your reader. Some publishers restrict whether or not their Kindle books can be delivered via Wi-Fi or must be transferred via USB.

For more help, see these two videos that walk you through the process of downloading to a Kindle.

The Kindle Paperwhite
The Kindle Paperwhite


eager to try.
Francis A DeMuro - Philadelphia Sun, January 13, 2013
I need help returning a book
Beatrice Bryan - Kingston Sat, February 16, 2013
I need help returning a book
Beatrice Bryan - Kingston Sat, February 16, 2013
Beatrice, I went to my Amazon account, clicked on the "Manage Your Kindle" link under my account, and then hit the Actions button by the book listed. It gives you the option to return it. Hope that helps.
D - Harrisburg Sat, February 16, 2013
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Fire - Phoenix Mon, May 13, 2013
How can I find books to download to my Kindle. I always seem to find them by accident. Why is there no direct link to downloadable books. Also, I have inadvertently downloaded Audio books because they were not clearly labeled. Thank you
M - phila Mon, May 26, 2014
Hello M - sorry you're having trouble. The direct link to our ebook collection is found on our digital media page - look for the 'Digital Media' icon on the homepage or use this link: While most of our ebooks are available for Kindle not all are. However, before you checkout you will need to confirm your format choice. Here's a video tutorial about finding ebooks on our site: Thanks.
Jamie W - Philadelphia, PA Tue, May 27, 2014
Is there a way to renew a Library Ebook prior to it expiring? Please advise.....Thank you
Wanda Yount - Kittanning, PA Fri, July 25, 2014
Hello Wanda - if you are using our Overdrive service you can renew an ebook. I will post a link at the end of this message that explains how. I should note however, that in practice this can be difficult to do. This is because you cannot renew an ebook that someone else has on hold. Due to the popularity of our ebook service, a great many of our titles do have people waiting for them at a given time. If there is no one on the waiting list for the ebook you have checked out though, here are instructions for renewing it:
Jamie W - Philadelphia Fri, July 25, 2014
Dragobreath books
emily - California Sat, August 16, 2014
A kindle book is listed as being checked out on my account. Will not allow me to down load. Does not appear as being loaned to me on my Amazon account. Any suggestions. Thanks
Crol - Philadelphia Sat, August 23, 2014
Hi, I'm trying to borrow a book, but it says I need to place a hold. Does that mean its checked out, and how can I find out when I can borrow the book? Grace
Grace - Philly Thu, May 28, 2015
Hello Grace - yes, if another reader has the ebook you want checked out, you will be given the option to put it on hold. When you do so, you will need to enter your email address. When the ebook is available for you, you will receive a notification email from Overdrive. Thank you.
Jamie W - Philadelphia Thu, May 28, 2015
I figured out how to download a book but now how do I return it?
Christine Weiss - philadrlphia Thu, September 17, 2015
Hi Christine - you can return your ebooks before their due date, but you don't need to. The ebooks will automatically expire at the end of your loan period. However, returning your ebooks early is a courtesy to those who may have them on hold and it also frees up space in your account so you can checkout more (you're allowed 6 Overdrive items out at a time). If you're reading on a Kindle, you'll find instructions to return titles here: - if you're reading on another device, find instructions here:
Jamie W - Philadelphia Thu, September 17, 2015
have a Nook device and clicked on the kindle download by mistake. How can I delete it ?
jack Quinn - Philadelphia Pa Tue, May 31, 2016
Nice having books that you don't have to dust
Amanda - Florida Thu, January 19, 2017
Trying to download books from McKinneyTexas public library. This library uses "Cloud Library" rather than Overdrive. I have successfully downloaded from another library using Overdrive, but McKinney has great selection of ebook. Have a Kindle Paperwhite. PLEASE help!
Linda Budra - North of Dallas Texas Sun, June 25, 2017
Hello Linda - We do not offer Cloud Library so we are not experts on how to use it. However, we did find that you can contact the McKinney Public Library in Texas for support. That may be the most direct way to get help. Email the McKinney library at Thanks!
Jamie W - Philadelphia Mon, June 26, 2017
I read a library book and returned it. Now I want to check it out again but I get a message that loan has expired. Any ideas on how to check it out again?
Jim Wed, October 04, 2017
Hi Jim - it sounds like the first loan is still registered on your Kindle. If you go to, login to your account, and go to 'Your Content and Devices', you should be able to delete the former loan. This will allow you to re-download it. If you continue having trouble, please use the Contact Us link at the top of this page and one of our librarians can help you one-on-one.
Jamie W - Philadelphia Thu, October 05, 2017

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