“Life in the Seven Kingdoms is never dull . . .” 

–Jen McConnel, School Library Journal


Coming to a library near you? The Joy of Holds + Recommendations for eBooks

Make an author happy and treat yourself!

library bookshelf
New Books at the Florham Park Public Library. New Jersey, USA.

Library Love

Today–all my friends who love libraries–I’m going to tell you a secret that will make you very happy.

HOLDS at your library are exciting 🙂

If you are a library regular, you probably know you can put a “hold” on an exciting new book. Did you know you can do the same thing with ebooks?

After the ebook you requested is returned, it can be automatically be checked out to you. (Unless you have too many books checked out–then you have to return something first. So if you normally have too many books checked out, don’t take the automatic check out option.)


Overdrive hold screenshot

In the days of paper lists, a dear friend always asked to be added to the list for whatever book everyone was waiting for.

Now that’s using your library!

BTW, don’t you LOVE getting those library emails that a book is waiting for you? A major holiday!

But wait, there’s more. . . .

RECOMMENDATIONS are how you ask for books your library doesn't have . . . yet.

What magic is this? Convenient magic that you can use when the library is closed (or too far away for today.)

Overdrive asks for your recommendation for your library:

You can recommend ebooks the library doesn’t own yet. This is perfect for that wonderful book you saw on social media. This way you won’t forget the title before you can checkout a copy.

How to recommend an ebook from your computer:
1. Brute force method: Login to your local libary online. Find Overdrive. Type the title into Overdrive’s search box. If the library doesn’t own it, you can click on “Recommend”. Your favorite authors will thank you forever!!

2. Elegant-if-it-works method: Click on the image to go to the Overdrive site. “Find your Library” and if they don’t have the book, you can click on “show me books my library doesn’t own”. Then Overdrive should offer you the book with a “Recommend” option.

Didn't find what you were looking for?

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