can i loan books from my local library to my paperwhite?\

asked on November 9, 2018

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I borrow books from the library all the time and send them to my Paperwhite using Overdrive. Occasionally I am not able to get the book I want to read at the library because the selection can be a little limited at times. You should be able to borrow the most popular and commonly read books. You may have to put the book on hold and wait if it is very popular. It is extremely convenient for me to borrow 95% of the books I read from the library and send them to the paperwhite.
Krislee
· February 11, 2021
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Yes, I got a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. I spent hours trying to download the libby Overdrive app to it. Called the help line and was told that I couldn't get the overdrive app on my Paperwhite. Then I read the post from K. on this Q&A page. I downloaded Libby Overdrive to my phone and was able to connect with my local library. I was able to link my phone to my Kindle and can now choose books on Overdrive and send them to Paperwhite. Thank you K. !
Charles G.
· January 1, 2021
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It depends. If your local library uses libby, yes. You download the app separately (on your phone) and check out books to kindle which you can then open on your paperwhite. If your local library does not use libby and uses another app, then no. For example, my library uses cloudlibrary app which will not work.
For those suggesting to get a new library card, libraries are publicly funded and location based- you only have access to the ones in your community unless you choose to pay to access a library elsewhere with libby, which defeats the purpose.

Sharon
· January 3, 2021
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I agree with the person who is furious with Jeff Bezos, and kindle. I already have 2 paid newspaper digital subscriptions and I only realized that I wouldn't be able to access my subscriptions (which I share with my family) on my brand new paperwhite. This, plus the inability to borrow books for the kindle from my library, is a shock. I'm admittedly not very tech savvy, but after doing a lot of research, I never once read that this would be an issue. I'm likely going to return my brand new paperwhite and case, and I"m extremely annoyed.
Samuel
· November 15, 2021
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Just download the Libby app on your tablet, computer or phone. Log into your account or create one. You will need your library card and the password you create, often u need to do the password at your library. Then when you check out books on Libby choose send to my kindle. Once done reading there is a return to … see more Just download the Libby app on your tablet, computer or phone. Log into your account or create one. You will need your library card and the password you create, often u need to do the password at your library. Then when you check out books on Libby choose send to my kindle. Once done reading there is a return to public library
Function on paperwhite. However you will not get Libby notifications on your kindle when your held books are ready to check out, those will still happen thru the Libby app and whatever notifications you set up with them. My Libby app on my devices sends me text and email when books are ready to check out. Then I go to Libby on one of those devices and check the books out and choose send to my kindle and I read on my paperwhite or also on my kindle app on my devices if I do not have my paperwhite with me and it syncs to the right page I’m on. see less
Just download the Libby app on your tablet, computer or phone. Log into your account or create one. You will need your library card and the password you create, often u need to do the password at your library. Then when you check out books on Libby choose send to my kindle. Once done reading there is a return to public library
Function on paperwhite. However you will not get Libby notifications on your kindle when your held books are ready to check out, those will still happen thru the Libby app and whatever notifications you set up with them. My Libby app on my devices sends me text and email when books are ready to check out. Then I go to Libby on one of those devices and check the books out and choose send to my kindle and I read on my paperwhite or also on my kindle app on my devices if I do not have my paperwhite with me and it syncs to the right page I’m on.

Wendy S. Domroes
· June 28, 2021
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I am absolutely furious with Amazon. I have a kindle paperwhite 10th generation and have been using OverDrive with my library to download books through Amazon. My library has switched over to a system using FREADING.
Apparently Amazon has not bothered to do a programming update that will have it compatible with the n… see more
I am absolutely furious with Amazon. I have a kindle paperwhite 10th generation and have been using OverDrive with my library to download books through Amazon. My library has switched over to a system using FREADING.
Apparently Amazon has not bothered to do a programming update that will have it compatible with the new system that libraries are switching to. I am an avid reader who does not buy books but prefers to get books from the library.
I am extremly appalled that my kindle paperwhite is no longer usable with my library. It is extra annoying that Jeff Bezos is more interested in flying millionaires into space then letting everyday people use a kindle paperwhite with the library. see less
I am absolutely furious with Amazon. I have a kindle paperwhite 10th generation and have been using OverDrive with my library to download books through Amazon. My library has switched over to a system using FREADING.
Apparently Amazon has not bothered to do a programming update that will have it compatible with the new system that libraries are switching to. I am an avid reader who does not buy books but prefers to get books from the library.
I am extremly appalled that my kindle paperwhite is no longer usable with my library. It is extra annoying that Jeff Bezos is more interested in flying millionaires into space then letting everyday people use a kindle paperwhite with the library.

Jo
· November 10, 2021
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Yes. I regularly download books with the Libby app that I can send to my a Kindle. It’s simple, free, and I can borrow the books for 21 days (October 2020)
Sophia
· October 13, 2020
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I work at a library and regularly teach classes on borrowing ebooks using a kindle. The library at which I work uses Overdrive ,the parent company of the Libby App. Kindle is not compatible with the Libby App, but you may go directly through Overdrive to borrow books. Overdrive's website, for ease of use, should be … see more I work at a library and regularly teach classes on borrowing ebooks using a kindle. The library at which I work uses Overdrive ,the parent company of the Libby App. Kindle is not compatible with the Libby App, but you may go directly through Overdrive to borrow books. Overdrive's website, for ease of use, should be accessed through a computer browser. The books will be sent to your kindle though, just the way your purchased books are. You will need to sign in by selecting your library system and entering your card number.
Not all books are kindle compatible, so watch out for that. You can search only for books that will be compatible with your kindle. When you find a book that you would like to borrow follow the steps to borrow it, and then select the option "Read on a Kindle". It will look like an Amazon purchase button. You will be directed to an Amazon page and should click the "Borrow Library Book" button.
After the lending period is over the book will be automatically returned when you sign onto the wi-fi. To extend the lending period do not sign back onto wi-fi until you have finished your borrowed book. There may also be an option to renew your loan through Overdrive. see less
I work at a library and regularly teach classes on borrowing ebooks using a kindle. The library at which I work uses Overdrive ,the parent company of the Libby App. Kindle is not compatible with the Libby App, but you may go directly through Overdrive to borrow books. Overdrive's website, for ease of use, should be accessed through a computer browser. The books will be sent to your kindle though, just the way your purchased books are. You will need to sign in by selecting your library system and entering your card number.
Not all books are kindle compatible, so watch out for that. You can search only for books that will be compatible with your kindle. When you find a book that you would like to borrow follow the steps to borrow it, and then select the option "Read on a Kindle". It will look like an Amazon purchase button. You will be directed to an Amazon page and should click the "Borrow Library Book" button.
After the lending period is over the book will be automatically returned when you sign onto the wi-fi. To extend the lending period do not sign back onto wi-fi until you have finished your borrowed book. There may also be an option to renew your loan through Overdrive.

K
· January 22, 2019
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I've been using Libby with my paper white for a year and its very easy. Great interface. I probably shouldn't say here, but I have bought hardly any books since beginning to use the Libby app. Its really easy and great. I"m also able to get audible books with it onto my iPhone and use those while driving to an from work. You need to plan in advance what you are going to read as the most popular books you typically need to put a request in and then wait. I usually have 3-4 books in my hold list.
Grumpy Matt
· November 28, 2019
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Library books that are available through Overdrive can be downloaded to my Kindle account using my computer and then downloaded to my Kindle Paperwhite. Books that are only available through cloudLibrary do not seem to have any way of being used on my Kindle. Depending on which publisher's books you want to read th… see more Library books that are available through Overdrive can be downloaded to my Kindle account using my computer and then downloaded to my Kindle Paperwhite. Books that are only available through cloudLibrary do not seem to have any way of being used on my Kindle. Depending on which publisher's books you want to read this may mean that many or most library books you want are unusable on Kindle. Or you may be lucky and be able to download most of what you want. It does not seem possible to checkout books on the Kindle without using a computer or tablet to checkout the books and download them to your Amazon Kindle account. I also have found that my WiFi only Kindle Paperwhite can not connect to my public WiFi services, including at my public library, because I cannot complete the required "Accept terms of Service" to connect to WiFi. see less Library books that are available through Overdrive can be downloaded to my Kindle account using my computer and then downloaded to my Kindle Paperwhite. Books that are only available through cloudLibrary do not seem to have any way of being used on my Kindle. Depending on which publisher's books you want to read this may mean that many or most library books you want are unusable on Kindle. Or you may be lucky and be able to download most of what you want. It does not seem possible to checkout books on the Kindle without using a computer or tablet to checkout the books and download them to your Amazon Kindle account. I also have found that my WiFi only Kindle Paperwhite can not connect to my public WiFi services, including at my public library, because I cannot complete the required "Accept terms of Service" to connect to WiFi.
Mark
· June 12, 2020
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