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eBooks and eMagazines: Getting Started

Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks available anytime and from anywhere you have internet access—free with your library card!


Use your Kindle or Kindle app to checkout free eBooks from the library.

What you will need

  • Valid Fairfax County library card
  • account
  • Kindle device (with Wi-Fi on or with a USB cable) or Kindle app
  • Computer or Kindle Fire with Internet access

Optional: Kindle Fire users (except the first generation Fires) can download the OverDrive mobile app to access EPUB eBooks and mp3 eAudiobooks. While OverDrive's Libby app is not yet available in Amazon's app store, Kindle Fire users can visit Please refer to the OverDrive or Libby App handouts for detailed instructions. 

Search for OverDrive eBooks

  1. On a computer or Kindle Fire, go to

    NOTE: If you borrow a Kindle title directly from our catalog, your browser's pop-up window may block Amazon's site from loading. Try allowing pop-ups, or browse directly from
  2. Search for a title or author or tap the menu icon on the right to browse Subjects, Collections or Kindle Books. Use Advanced Search for more options, or use the Filters to limit by availability.
  3. If the title is available, select Borrow below the book cover. Enter your library card number and password if prompted. If preferred, check the box to remember your card number. (See Holds section below for information about placing holds).
  4. Titles are added to your Loans, which can be accessed through the book icon at the top of the screen.
  5. Select Read now with Kindle next to the title.

Transfer an eBook to a Kindle via Wi-Fi

  1. Selecting Read now with Kindle opens Amazon’s page “Get Your Digital Library Loan” in a new window.
  2. If you are signed in to your Amazon account, select your device then select Get Library Book. If not signed in to your Amazon account, select Get Library Book before signing in and selecting your device.
  3. If your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, the eBook will download to your Kindle device. If the title does not show up automatically, select Sync and Check for Items from the Kindle menu.
  4. To read your eBook, look in the Home folder. If you have a Kindle Fire, your book will be in your Carousel.


Select Place a Hold if all of the digital copies are checked out. Enter your library card number and password if prompted. After receiving notification that a hold is available, choose one of the following: 

  1. Borrow the title within three days.
  2. Select Deliver Later to stay at the front of the holds list while passing the book to the next person in line. After your chosen suspension period, you will be able to borrow the next available copy.
  3. Cancel your hold.

If no action is taken with three days, your hold will be automatically suspended one time for seven days. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be automatically canceled.


  1. Sign in to your Amazon account.
  2. Under Your Account, select Your Content and Devices.
  3. Select Actions next to the title you want to return then select Return this book.
  4. When asked “Are you sure you want to return this Library Loan Ebook?” select Yes.

If a title has not yet been downloaded, it may be returned from the Loans page of the OverDrive catalog.


The option to Renew a title becomes available three days before the title is set to expire and appears under the title in your Loans. If other users are waiting you can Request the title, which places you into the waiting list.

Transfer an eBook via USB cable from PC, laptop or Mac

  1. If you do not have a Wi-Fi connection, you will need to transfer your book via USB cable. After choosing the Get Library Book button, select the Your Content and Devices link.
  2. Select Actions next to the title you want then select Download & transfer via USB
  3. On the next screen, choose the Kindle you will be using and select Download
  4. Select Save and save it somewhere easy to find such as your computer desktop.
  5. Connect your Kindle to your computer using the USB cable.
  6. Open the Kindle drive on your computer.
  7. With the Kindle drive open, find the eBook file you just saved. Copy and paste it or drag it into the Kindle Documents folder. If you have a Kindle Fire, copy and paste or drag it to the Books folder.
  8. Safely eject your Kindle device from your computer and unplug the USB cable.
  9. The book will appear in the Kindle’s Home folder or the Books tab for Kindle Fire users.
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