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How To Download Library Books To The Kindle

Updated on November 22, 2014

Free eBooks To Read On A Kindle - No Amazon Prime Membership Required!

You may have heard an announcement by Amazon.com touting their Kindle Owner's Lending Library with unlimited borrowing times for Amazon Prime customers. Well, guess what? If you don't feel the need or desire for an Amazon Prime membership, you can borrow eBooks for free online courtesy of your local public library if you are a U.S. resident. Yes, really.

Learn more about how you can read free eBooks for a Kindle by learning how to download library books to the Kindle.

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First Things To Know

OverDrive is the main eBook supplier for public libraries worldwide. You can click here to search for your library system and verify they are your library's eBook provider.

In September of 2011, OverDrive announced they would now be able to supply eBooks in the Kindle format for borrowing. Because the key is the eBook format, Kindle, it is also worth noting that you can also read these library eBooks on other electronic devices and eReaders that have a Kindle app or reader software installed. At this time, borrowing Kindle library books is only available in the United States.

Because the Kindle is dependent on Amazon.com for library management, you will need to be able to access your Amazon.com account as well as your library account.

Not all libraries have the same eBook offerings. You can confirm the availability of an eBook in the Kindle format by searching OverDrive's site directly. If the eBook is available for Kindle but not offered by your public library, you will need to contact them and request they obtain that title. In addition, the length of time you have to read the free eBook from your library will depend on their lending rules. Unlike physical books, you do not need to go to the library to return your eBook. Once the lending time ends, you simply will be unable to continue to read the eBook without re-borrowing it.

If you make notes or annotations on your Kindle, the notes will be kept by Amazon and will reappear the next time you borrow the eBook, and even if you decide to break down and purchase it from Amazon.

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How To Borrow A Library Book With A Kindle

Before we start, be sure you have the following:

1) A library card in the U.S.

2) Your library login information (usually your library card number and a PIN # you've picked or been assigned)

3) Your Amazon.com account login information

3) Your Kindle

Ready? Let's go and borrow a book!

1) Login to your library system's online catalog.

2) Search their web catalog for eBooks in the Kindle format.

3) Once you find a book you want to borrow in the Kindle format, check it out based on your library's web catalog's procedure.

4) Click on the option to "get for Kindle".

5) Your library's website should direct you to your Amazon.com account, where you can retrieve your library book. You will be prompted to login to your Amazon.com account if you have not already done so.

6) You will have the option in your Kindle account to download the Kindle formatted library book either on your Kindle, the Kindle Cloud Reader, or a Kindle app. Select the option to read the book on your Kindle device.

Enjoy your free eBook from your public library!

Video Demonstrations Of Borrowing Library Books With A Kindle

Here are some video walkthroughs on YouTube showing you how to borrow library books with a Kindle.

Got More Questions?

Here's the official Amazon.com help page regarding the use of public libraries and borrowing eBooks for free.

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    • Countryluthier profile image

      E L Seaton 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      This is awesome information. I keep some unread books on my Kindle Fire and this will allow this reader to have moere. Blessed by COUNTRYLUTHIER.

    • Stacy Birch profile image

      Stacy Birch 

      5 years ago

      I get them on my computer.

    • KayeSI profile image

      KayeSI 

      6 years ago

      I really need to give this a try as our library does offer it. Thanks for the info and the encouragement.

    • ajgodinho profile image

      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great resource for helping US residents access free eBooks. Not sure if this kind of service is available in Canada. Blessed! :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      enjoyed your write up on this, enjoyed reading it.

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      atomicgirl24 

      6 years ago

      Can you believe it? I was totally against the whole notion of e-readers until I learned this week that you could download books from the library, lol! Now I'm looking into buying my first Kindle ever. :-D

    • Bill Armstrong profile image

      Bill Armstrong 

      6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Thanks for sharing, just purchased Kindle for Christmas present, will show friend this lens

    • Rantsand profile image

      Rantsand 

      6 years ago

      Awesome discovery. *Runs to the library for a card*.

    • emmaklarkins profile image

      emmaklarkins 

      6 years ago

      Wow! I honestly didn't know you could get library books on the Kindle! What a great discovery.

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