Frequently Asked Questions about Kindles and the library

Why is a book not available for Kindle from Douglas County Libraries?

The availability of books varies from publisher to publisher, and book to book. We try to purchase as many titles as we can in as many formats as possible.

How long can I check out a DCL eBook for my Kindle?

Kindle OverDrive eBooks check out up to 3 weeks. This is the same for all eBooks.

What if I finish my book early and want to return it?

You can return your eBook early by going to “Your Kindle Library” through your Amazon account.

Will I be notified before my book loan expires?

Yes. You will receive a courtesy email three days before the end of your loan period. A follow-up email will be sent at the end of the loan period.

How do I view the status of my eBook?

You can check the status of your Kindle OverDrive books anytime on the Manage Your Kindle page. Click on the "+" symbol next to any title to view more details about any book that you've borrowed including the expiration date.

You can also access all of the materials that you currently have checked out on DCL's OverDrive site. Click on OverDrive Account, enter your library card number, and they will be listed under My Bookshelf.

What happens to my notes and highlights after a loan expires?

Even after the book expires you can access your notes and highlights at If you check a book out again, or purchase it from, all of your notes and highlights will reappear in the book as they were before.

Are Kindle OverDrive eBooks available internationally?

Not at this time. Currently, titles are only available in the U.S.

What Kindle devices work with eBooks?

You can read borrowed Kindle books on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle app. You can also read Kindle books in your web browser with the Kindle Cloud Reader.

How do I send library books to my Kindle device or reading app?

Once an eBook has been checked out, you can send it to any registered Kindle device or reading app from the Manage Your Kindle page. Library eBooks require an active Wi-Fi connection for wireless delivery to a Kindle device.

Why can I download a Kindle eBook with Wifi but not 3G? What's the difference?

WiFi comes to your mobile device from an Internet connection in your immediate surroundings, like a library, coffee shop or your home. 3G and 4G, available only to subscribers, are broadly transmitted to a wide area by a service provider via a cell phone tower. Library books can not be delivered via your Kindle's 3G connection because Amazon will not allow it. If you are trying to send to a Kindle device and don't have an active Wi-Fi connection, you can choose instead to load your library book via USB. For more information, and to learn about transferring files to your Kindle, please see the Amazon Kindle Help page at: