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About OverDrive


How many, how long?

  • You may borrow up to 10 titles at one time
  • The default loan period is 21 days, but you may adjust it from your Account settings at our OverDrive site
  • You may have up to 10 holds at one time

Can I return OverDrive eBooks or eAudiobook titles early? That is, before they expire?

Once you download a title, you may be able to return it early using the software or app that you used to download it.

Can I freeze or suspend a hold on an OverDrive title?

Yes, but you need to Sign In to your OverDrive account at our OverDrive site to do this. You can choose to suspend it for 7 days up to 180 days. Suspended holds still count toward your holds limit of 10.

Can I download a book to my eReader from a Library PC?

While you may browse our digital collections and borrow a title, you will not be able to download files to public PCs in the library for transfer to an eReader. If your device allows wireless downloads (e.g. Kindle Fire, smartphones or tablets), you can use the Library's free Wireless to handle the download.

Why doesn't the Library have [desired title] in downloadable form?

The Library purchases popular downloadable books when the publishers license the rights for digital sale to libraries. Not all publishers do this. Not all digital titles are released simultaneously with the book. Publishers might not secure digital rights for previously published works or may not make them available for purchase. For this reason, the Library may not be able to buy all titles in a series.

Can I donate digital books to the Library?

The Library would love to accept digital format donations but due to licensing restrictions, most downloadables are not transferable--unlike hard copy versions. Please consider making a cash donation marked specifically for the purchase of additional downloadables to the "Friends of the Arlington Public Library." More information on donations