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

Note: Kindle Books are currently available for U.S. libraries only.

You can also use our new app, Libby, to get Kindle Books from your library. Learn more about Libby here.

Choose the image below that looks like the titles in your library's collection.

How to borrow and deliver Kindle Books

  1. Open your library's digital collection (you can find it using www.overdrive.com).
  2. Find a Kindle Book to borrow. You can easily see all of your library's Kindle Books by selecting the Kindle Books link near the top of the site (or under Menu icon on mobile devices).
    Note: You may want to check whether a Kindle Book has any device restrictions before you borrow it (this is most common for picture books, read-alongs, and graphic novels).
  3. Select Borrow. If prompted, sign in.
  4. Select books icon to go to your Loans page. From there, select Read now with Kindle.

    You'll be taken to Amazon's website to complete checkout and send the eBook to your Kindle device or reading app. 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 menu, then select Get library book. The book will be sent to your Kindle device or reading app.
    Get library book button and Deliver to drop-down menu on Amazon's website. See instructions above.
    Note: You must complete this step for the book you borrowed to appear in the "Your Content and Devices" list in your Amazon account. If the book does not appear in this list, you won't be able to download it on any device.
  6. If you're not already signed into Amazon, select Get library book. You'll be prompted to sign in.
    Get library book button.
    After you sign in, choose the device or reading app where you'd like to send the book you borrowed, then select Continue. The book will be sent to your Kindle device or reading app.
    Amazon's Kindle Book delivery page
    Note: You must complete this step for the book you borrowed to appear in the "Your Content and Devices" list in your Amazon account. If the book does not appear in this list, you won't be able to download it on any device.

Your Kindle eReader must have a Wi-Fi internet connection to download library Kindle Books from Amazon. If you don't have a Wi-Fi connection, you'll need to transfer the title via USB.

Once a book is on your Kindle device or reading app, you can open it from your device or app's home screen and read it just like any other Kindle Book. For specific help reading on your device (like how to change the font or save a bookmark), visit Amazon Device Support.

If you want to read the eBook on a different Kindle device or app, you can deliver it again from Amazon's website during the lending period.

How to borrow and deliver Kindle Books

  1. Open your library's digital collection (you can find it using www.overdrive.com).
  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. See instructions above.
      Note: Some Kindle Books from your library (including many picture books, read-alongs, and graphic novels) are not supported on certain Kindle devices or reading apps. To check if an eBook has Kindle device or app restrictions, look for a Device restrictions link under "Available formats."
    • Run a search or open a collection, then select 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.
    If prompted, sign in.
  4. Find the eBook you've borrowed on your Checkouts page (under your Account). From there, select Read now with Kindle.

    You'll be taken to Amazon's website to complete checkout and send the eBook to your Kindle device or reading app. 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, choose a device or reading app from the "Deliver to:" drop-down menu, then select Get library book. The book will be sent to your Kindle device or reading app.
    Get library book button and Deliver to drop-down menu on Amazon's website. See instructions above.
    Note: You must complete this step for the book you borrowed to appear in the "Your Content and Devices" list in your Amazon account. If the book does not appear in this list, you won't be able to download it on any device.
  6. If you're not already signed into Amazon, select Get library book. You'll be prompted to sign in.

    After you sign in, choose the device or reading app where you'd like to send the book you borrowed, then select Continue. The book will be sent to your Kindle device or reading app.
    Amazon's Kindle Book delivery page
    Note: You must complete this step for the book you borrowed to appear in the "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.

Your Kindle eReader must have a Wi-Fi internet connection to download library Kindle Books from Amazon. If you don't have a Wi-Fi connection, you'll need to transfer the title via USB.

Once a book is on your Kindle device or reading app, you can open it from your device or app's home screen and read it just like any other Kindle Book. For specific help reading on your device (like how to change the font or save a bookmark), visit Amazon Device Support.

If you want to read the eBook on a different Kindle device or app, you can deliver it again from Amazon's website during the lending period.

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2017 09:47AM EDT