There have been several posts about the Amazon Kindle Library Lending program that was launched earlier this fall on here, but there hasn’t really been a good explanation of how the whole thing works. With that in mind, I found a good step by step guide for searching for and downloading Kindle books from your local library.
My local library recently added the program, and I downloaded a book on my Kindle Touch. There isn’t a huge selection available yet, but I can tell that they are steadily adding new titles. Authors such as Janet Evanovich and James Patterson are available on the list.
I think the biggest challenge for library patrons is getting to the list of e-books that the library offers. Durham County Library hides their e-book link under a series of pages, so I have to really dig to find it. Placing a link in a prominent place so that patrons can access it will go a long way to help this program flourish.
Once you find the link, the process kind of guides you through each step. Search for the book you want. Click on the “Get for Kindle” link. You will then be taken to your Amazon account where you just click “Get Library Book.” A more detailed overview, and video of the process can be found here.
The check out time varies by library. 14 days is about the average length. The downloaded book becomes part of the list of titles on your Kindle, and you can view it in your digital items list on you Amazon account.
Most of the newer Kindles rely on wi-fi, however, even if you don’t have wi-fi access, you can hook up your Kindle to the computer and download the book via USB. You can choose that option when viewing the library book in your digital items list. That option came in handy when I was stuck out in the middle of the country with no wi-fi access. I love how this program brings the library to you rather than you having to drive to a physical location.
So, I encourage you to check out your library’s website to see if they offer Kindle e-books. The number of libraries offering the service is growing, and will continue to do so. If you can’t find a link to it on the library’s website, librarians and staff are always there to help.
Don’t have a Kindle? You can download library books on all of the Kindle apps for the computer, iPad, and smartphones just like you do with other Kindle e-books.