How to Download eBooks to a Kindle


Overdrive Help:

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Or follow the step-by-step instructions below:

Check Out an eBook:

Go to

Click “Sign in” at the top of the page. Select “Berkeley Heights Public Library” from the menu and type in your library card barcode. (Signing in will allow you to find extra books available only to Berkeley Heights cardholders in following steps.)

When you are looking at what’s available, keep in mind that you need a title that has “Kindle book” listed as its format.

If eLibraryNJ owns a book in Kindle format, but the book is currently checked out, click “Place a Hold”. You will be asked to type in your email address.  When it is your turn, you will receive an email. Then go to, click My Account, sign in, go to My Holds, and continue with the instructions below.  You can have up to 5 holds at a time.)

To the right of “Kindle Book”, click “Add to cart”, then “Proceed to Checkout”.

Select your lending period (7, 10 or 14 days) and click Proceed to Checkout.

Click Confirm Checkout.

Click “Get for Kindle”.

Download the eBook

You will be prompted to log into your Amazon account.

Click “Get Library Book” to download the book you just checked out.

If your Kindle device or Kindle app supports wifi, the book will be delivered to your Kindle wirelessly.

If you do not see the ebook appear, go to Menu – Sync and Check for New Items (on a Kindle Fire, tap the wheel at top right and tap Sync).

No Wifi?

If Amazon says your Kindle does not support wifi, click Download and save the file to a place on your computer that you will remember (like the desktop).

Get your Kindle’s USB cable and plug one end into the Kindle and the other end into your computer’s USB port.

Go to “My Computer” or “Computer” and double click the Kindle icon.

Double click on the Kindle’s Documents folder.

Drag the book you saved from the desktop (or wherever you saved it) to the Kindle’s Documents folder.

Eject your Kindle.

The library book will appear with your other books on the Kindle.

Return the eBook

If you finish a book before it expires, you can return it.

Go to

Sign in.

Click Your Digital Items.

Click Your Kindle Orders.

To the right of the title you wish to return, click Actions.

Click Return This Book.

Delete the eBook

After your book has expired or been returned, you may want to delete it off your Kindle.

Go to

Sign in.

Click Your Digital Items.

Click Your Kindle Orders.

To the right of the title you wish to delete, click Actions.

Click Delete from Library.

Audiobooks for Kindle

If you are interested in borrowing e-audiobooks for your Kindle, you will need to download the Overdrive Media Console software from  Then, check out an audiobook in MP3 format (WMA format will not work).  The file will open in Overdrive Media Console. Plug your Kindle into your computer using its USB cable.  In Overdrive Media Console, click “Transfer”.  On your computer, go to My Computer and double click the Kindle drive.  Drag the audiobook files from the Kindle drive into the Kindle’s Documents folder. Eject your Kindle.  Your Kindle will list each part of the audiobook separately and they will be labeled “music”.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can have a maximum of 5 titles checked out at one time.
eBooks check out for 7, 10 or 14 days. You choose the checkout period when you check out the book.
You will never be charged an overdue fine.
A book will expire when you turn on your Kindle’s wireless connection any time after the due date has passed.
If a book expires before you have finished, delete it and then check it out again at
If you lose your library card and are assigned a new barcode number when it is replaced, stop by the reference desk. Your account can be moved to the new barcode number.