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Trudi from Non-Fiction Collections March 5, 2020, 10:09 AM

Overdrive launches new holds feature

Best four library words ever? Your hold is ready! But sometimes, we’re not always ready for the hold. Life can get hectic, and while the dream is to sit home and read all day, that’s rarely an option for us booklovers.

Problem solved! The Overdrive and Libby apps now let you choose to deliver your holds later and read when it’s most convenient for you.

How does this actually work?

Instead of a title being automatically checked out to you when you may not be ready for it, you’ll now have more options for dealing with your holds as they become available.

You can:

1. Borrow it now and start reading! You’ll have a 3-day pickup period to open the Libby or Overdrive app and check out your title.

2. If you’re not ready to start reading, you can choose “deliver later” and select a set time period when you’d like the book delivered back to you. Once that time period is over, you’ll be next on the list. Never lose your place in line!

What if I forget to pick up my hold?


If you forget to borrow your available title during the pickup window, your hold will automatically be set to “deliver later” as a one-time courtesy of 7 days. After 7 days, your hold will be active again and you’ll receive another notification when the next available copy is ready to borrow.

How will I know when my book has become available?


Don’t worry! You’ll receive a notification from the Libby or Overdrive app as an email or on your device.

Why are my holds no longer checked out automatically?


This change was made to give you more freedom and control over what you read and when you read it. This change also means titles will be freed up to fill waitlists faster, instead of being checked out to you at an inconvenient time. 

Does this only impact the Libby app?

This change includes all OverDrive ebooks and eaudiobooks whether borrowed in Libby, the OverDrive app, or from your desktop.

For more information, and a short video tutorial from Overdrive, please click here.  

New to borrowing ebooks? Get started here with Overdrive and the Libby app!

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Trudi from Non-Fiction Collections

Natural habitat: Bingeing Netflix with my cat. I love scary movies and have been reading Stephen King since I was 11. Getting to see Hamilton in New York City was the thrill of a lifetime. My subject area for the library is everything nonfiction, including my favorites: memoirs, cookbooks, true crime, self-help, history and documentaries.

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