|Overdrive site for San Francisco Public Library|
You log in with your library card number and PIN, and it takes you to your home page.
|Main Overdrive page|
|Available book. Note Copies info at lower right.|
Or, in the case of something new and popular, it can take weeks. I like to put several books on hold and see what might come up.
|Unavailable book. (big surprise) Note patrons-on-hold info at lower right.|
You put a book on hold by going to its page and clicking "Place a Hold" (if it's unavailable) or "Borrow" (if it is). If it's available, you're shown your Holds page, with the borrowed book shown.
|Latest book borrowed will be at upper left.|
You'll be sent to the Amazon.com site. If you're already logged in, you should see a screen like this:
|Amazon checkout screen. Your Kindle devices will be in the "Deliver to:" drop-down menu.|
Select the Kindle or thing-with-Kindle-app from the dropdown menu, then "Get library book."
That's it! The next time you sync your Kindle or Kindle app, you'll have the new book. (Don't forget to tap the book title to download while you have WiFi if you intend to read it away from WiFi.)
Once a previously unavailable book becomes available, the email tells you which book is now available and includes a link to get back to the site quickly. Log in again, and it'll go right to your holds page. Note that if you don't snag the book quickly, it'll go back into circulation. This is similar to putting paper books on hold; if you don't get them in a few days, they'll be removed from the hold shelf and returned to circulation.
You can check on unavailable books on the holds page. Your user number will decrease as books are returned.
|I'll be waiting a long time to read Divergent.|
Next, I'll show you how to return a Kindle book. It's very easy.