More Options for Your E-Book Holds

Edmund Balzer

February 25, 2020

By Edmund Balzer

Categories: Collections

If you’ve ever placed several e-books on hold through OverDrive/Libby, you know the struggle of hoping they don’t all come in at once so you don't have to speed-read through them or get back in the hold line.

Starting in March, OverDrive is changing the way holds arrive. Currently, you can choose to have holds automatically check out to you or manually check them out yourself, but you only have a certain amount of time to do so.


New Options for Holds

With the new changes, you will have three options when a hold becomes available:

  1. Borrow the item within three days.
  2. Suspend the hold by choosing “Deliver Later”. This option passes the book on to the next person in the holds list while keeping you at the front of the line.
  3. Cancel the hold.

If you don’t borrow the item within three days of it becoming available, OverDrive will automatically suspend the hold for 7 days as a one-time courtesy. After it becomes available the second time, if you do nothing the hold will automatically be cancelled.

We hope these changes make using digital library books even better for you. Questions? Visit the Info Desk or our Download & Stream page to learn more about downloading e-books and more with your library card. 

Edmund Balzer is an Adult Services Librarian at Morton Grove Public Library.