Borrow Books from a Public Library

More than 11,000 libraries in the United States offer Public Library Books for Kindle. You can check out Kindle books through the website of your local library and have them sent directly to your Fire tablet, Kindle device, or Kindle reading app.

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Kindle books that you borrow from a public library are available to you for a specific period of time, just like with physical library books. Public library books for Kindle are available at libraries throughout the United States. These books are offered through a digital service called OverDrive.

Note: Public Library books for Kindle are available in the Kindle format (.azw) only.

Check Out a Public Library Book

To check out a public library book for Kindle:

  1. Confirm whether your library branch is eligible and carries Kindle books by going to Overdrive, or the website of your local library.
  2. Get a library card and a PIN from your local library.
  3. Go to the website of your local public library and search for Kindle books / eBooks.
  4. At checkout, sign in to your Amazon account, and select the Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or supported Kindle reading app to send the book to.
  5. Connect your device to Wi-Fi and download the title from the Archived Items or Cloud.
Tip: If your device does not receive the book, sync your device manually.


  • Availability of books and length of loan will vary by library.
  • Public library books require an active Wi-Fi connection for delivering books to a Kindle e-reader. Library books cannot be delivered via your Kindle's 3G connection.
  • Due to publisher restrictions, some titles may not be wirelessly delivered and require USB transfer from your computer to your device. These restricted titles also may not be accessed on Kindle reading apps.

Return a Library Book

To return a library book before the loan period ends, go to Manage Your Content and Devices.

Since the length of a book loan is determined by the library, check with your public library to find out when to return a borrowed book. You'll receive a courtesy reminder email from Amazon three days before the book is due and another email when the loan period has ended.

To return a library book:

  1. Go to Manage Your Content and Devices.
  2. From Your Content, select the Actions button next to the book that you want to return.
  3. Select Return This Book, and then select Yes in the pop-up window.

You will no longer have access to the book from your device after it's been returned. However, you can always access your saved notes and highlights through Manage Your Content and Devices even after the book has been returned. If you check out the book again, or purchase it from Amazon, your notes and highlights will appear in the book.

Find help and answers to common questions about Public Library Books for Kindle. Topics include getting started, restrictions and frequently asked questions.

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