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E-books and E-audiobooks

  • Log in with your Library card, then create an OverDrive account to borrow e-books and audiobooks
  • Download the Libby app for iOS, Android and Windows to borrow, read and listen to digital books
  • You can also read or listen to books on eReaders (including Kindle and Kobo), most desktop or laptop computers, and other devices
  • Borrow books for 21 days
  • Checkouts expire automatically

Libby App

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Download OverDrive's Libby app for iOS or Android to check out e-books and e-audiobooks and sync your reading across multiple devices. With Libby, you can also download e-books for offline access, play e-audiobooks from your device in your car, and send books to your Kindle.

Instant Digital Library Card

Want access to e-books but don’t have a Library card? No problem: You can now sign up instantly to receive access to e-books and e-audiobooks through OverDrive.

Get Instant Access

To sign up for this service, you have to be 13 years of age or older, live in Seattle, and have access to a mobile phone number in order to verify your account.

If you have previously completed our online Library card application but haven’t yet received it due to our systemwide closure, you can also sign up for OverDrive’s instant access to e-book titles. 

Please note: At this time, this instant Digital Library card provides access to our OverDrive e-collections. We are currently exploring options for offering more of our digital resources to digital Library cardholders, and we will update this page as those resources become available.

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Tips for E-Books

How do I return items early so others can use them?

E-books are returned automatically after 21 days. If you are done with an e-book or audiobook, you may return it earlier.

  • Visit spl.overdrive.com, and log in with your library card number & PIN.
  • Once logged in, on the top right-hand-side of the page, go to My Account, and select Loans from the drop down menu.
  • Find the material you wish to return, and at the bottom of the item’s detail there will be a Return option.

Note: You can also manage returns through the Libby or OverDrive app.

How do I renew items?

E-books are returned automatically after 21 days. If you need more time to finish an e-book or audiobook, you may renew your checkout if no one else is waiting.

  • Visit spl.overdrive.com, and log in with your library card number & PIN.
  • Once logged in, on the top right-hand-side of the page, go to My Account, and select Loans from the drop down menu.
  • Find the material you wish to renew, and at the bottom of the item’s detail there will be either be a Renew option, or if the material has holds on it, a Request Again option.

Note: These options will appear within three days of the item’s current expiration date. You can also renew items through the Libby or OverDrive app.

How do I suspend my holds?

Not ready to read an e-book about to become available?

  • Visit spl.overdrive.com, and log in with your library card number & PIN.
  • Once logged in, on the top right-hand-side of the page, go to My Account, and select Holds from the drop down menu.
  • Find the hold you wish to suspend, and at the bottom of the item’s detail there will be a Suspend Hold option.
  • Once you select Suspend Hold, a drop down menu will give you options for how many days you would like to suspend your hold, and then select Suspend.

Note: You can also suspend holds through the Libby or OverDrive app

If you have a question or need help, get help from OverDrive, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636.