You can borrow Amazon Kindle Books from your library to read on Kindle devices or Kindle reading apps.

Note: Kindle Books are currently available for US libraries only.

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How to borrow and deliver Kindle Books

Follow the steps below to borrow Kindle Books and deliver them to your Kindle, Kindle reading app, or Kindle Cloud Reader.

  1. Open your library's OverDrive website (find it here).
  2. Find a Kindle Book to borrow. You can:
    • Tap or mouse over a title, then select more to go to the title's details page. The details page lists the formats available for that title, including Kindle Book (if available).
      List of available formats on a title's details page
    • Run a search, then narrow your results by selecting Kindle Book under the "Format" filter.
    • Use the Advanced Search and choose Kindle Book in the "All formats" drop-down menu.
  3. Once you find an available Kindle Book, select Borrow to borrow it.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Borrow button on a title's details page
  4. Find the eBook you've borrowed on your Bookshelf (under your Account) on your library's OverDrive website. From there, select Download, then Kindle Book, then Confirm & Download.
    You'll be taken to Amazon's website to complete checkout and send the eBook to your Kindle device or reading app.
    Kindle Book option in the Download drop-down menu
    If you're already signed into Amazon, continue to step 5. If you're not signed into Amazon, skip to step 6.
  5. If you're signed into Amazon, select a device or reading app from the "Deliver to" drop-down box, then select Get library book. The book will be sent to your Kindle device or reading app, and you'll find it on your device or app's home screen.
    Get library book button and Deliver to drop-down menu on Amazon's website
    Note: You must complete this step for the library book you borrowed to show up in your "Manage Your Content and Devices" list in your Amazon account. If the library book does not appear in this list, you won't be able to download it on any device.
    Amazon's Kindle Book delivery confirmation page
  6. If you're not already signed into Amazon, select Get library book. You will be prompted to sign in.
    Amazon's sign in screen
  7. After signing in, a page will open where you can select the device or reading app where you'd like to send the book you borrowed.
    Amazon's Kindle Book delivery page
    Select Continue.
    Note: You must complete this step for the library book you borrowed to show up in the "Manage Your Content and Devices" list in your Amazon account. If the library book does not appear in this list, you won't be able to download it on any device.
    Screenshot of Amazon's Kindle Book delivery confirmation page

Note: Library books require a Wi-Fi connection for download to Kindle devices. If you do not have an available Wi-Fi connection, you will need to transfer the title via USB.

Once a book is on your Kindle device or reading app, open it from your device or app's home screen to begin reading. If you want to read the eBook on a different Kindle device or app, you can download it again during the lending period.

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2015 04:37PM EDT