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Borrow a Library eBook on your Kindle

Released: 09-23-11

Kindle books are here! The Overdrive Digital Books service has rolled out Kindle books to Pima County Public Library.

Kindle Owners

If you're new to borrowing ebooks from the library, here's what you need to know.

  • You'll need your library card number and PIN.
  • Checkout period: you choose 7, 14 or 21 days.
  • You may check out up to 5 items at a time.
  • Place reserve on items that are checked out.
  • No renewals.

It's pretty simple to borrow a book for the Kindle. Here are step-by-step instructions.

Your Kindle on WiFi

  • Go to the Library's Overdrive digital downloads page.
  • Select Kindle book from the Media Type drop down menu in the green bar
  • In the search box type in the title, author or subject you're looking for
  • When you find the book you want, click Add to eBag for the Kindle Book version. The book will remain in your ebag for up to 30 minutes.
  • Proceed to Checkout,
  • Sign in with your library card number and PIN.
  • Choose your Lending period from the drop down menu (21, 14, or 7 days). 
  • Click Confirm Checkout
  • Click Get for Kindle
  • You'll leave the Overdrive pages and go to Amazon.
  • Login to your Amazon account.
  • Then you'll be able to click the Get library book button.
  • You'll receive a message that your book will be available to you on your Kindle the next time it connects to Wi-Fi.

Note about transferring Kindle books: The book will not transfer to the Kindle on Kindle's Whispernet (3G). You must use a wi-fi connection or transfer via USB.

Penguin Publishing (and its subsidiaries) has declined to allow wireless download of Overdrive Kindle ebooks. Please see instructions for transferring these books via USB.

Kindle Fire users: after sending your book to your Kindle Fire, and while you are connected to wi-fi, you must sync your Kindle for the book to show up. Sync is found by pressing the settings icon in the upper right hand corner of the Kindle Fire.


For wifi instructions please see Amazon's instructions for connecting to your home wi-fi network.

More about downloading the book to your computer and loading it via the USB cable.  See instructions here and watch a short video here. Note that a key part of the process is moving the book into the “documents” folder on the Kindle. 

Here are instructions for getting Kindle books for users of the Overdrive app on the iPad (PDF).

Here's more information from Amazon about borrowing library books for Kindle.

Last but not least, a video about the process.

To return a Kindle eBook early:

Go to Manage Your Kindle on Amazon.com in your browser. Using the “Actions” dropdown to the right of the title, select “Return this book.”

Other questions?

Visit Amazon's website about borrowing library eBooks for your Kindle.

A Note to Kindle Owners about Privacy

The Pima County Public Library (PCPL) takes its responsibilities to protect your privacy very seriously. PCPL also wishes to offer as broad an array of electronic services as possible to its customers, including the ability to access e-books on a variety of personal electronic devices. PCPL has the ability to provide e-book services to Kindle users. However, this service comes with certain requirements that will compromise the privacy accorded to PCPL customers.  

In order to access this service, Kindle users must open an account with Amazon.  There is no charge for the account and no purchase is ever required.  However, by opening an Amazon account to access library materials, you will be agreeing to Amazon's terms and conditions of use.  

Amazon will:

  • Maintain specific data on all information you access through the library service; 
  • Keep track of what you are reading (and, possibly, monitor what you are reading);
  • Keep any notes you make on your Kindle regarding library materials;
  • Log data on searches of library records made on Kindle and associate that information with your account; and,
  • Provide marketing materials and advertisements (unless you specifically pay to opt-out of receiving personalized advertisements). 

Amazon may share the data collected about your Kindle use with law enforcement, other government agencies, third parties as required by law or to protect the rights of Amazon or others without warrant or a court order.



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