How do I download ebooks from the library onto my Kindle?

Does the ebook go through Amazon to get to my Kindle?


You will borrow the library ebooks from the library's OverDrive website. You do not need the Libby app, although you may choose to use it.

OverDrive will give you a temporary license to read an ebook, but it has to be one that Amazon has in the Kindle format. When OverDrive connects to Amazon, it's like OverDrive says "Hey, this Kindle user of yours can use this ebook for three weeks." Amazon sends the ebook to your Kindle, with an expiration date on your permission to read it.

Amazon sends the ebook to the e-reader (or Kindle app) registered to the Amazon account that is signed in at the time that the ebook is borrowed and claimed. If you use multiple Amazon accounts on a shared computer, check which Amazon account is signed in before you borrow the library ebook.

Here's a help article with screenshots to show how it works.


  • Last Updated Mar 17, 2022
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  • Answered By Melissa Brenneman

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