Alexandria Library OverDrive Checkout & Lending Policy

With an Alexandria Library card you can borrow up to 10 titles at a time. If you were issued a new library card number and need to transfer your checkouts and holds to your new account, please contact support. Be sure to include your new library card number, your old library card number, and your email address.

How to change your lending periods

  • Sign in to your account.
  • Click the Settings link.
  • Select your preferred lending period for each format.
  • Returning & renewing
  • Some titles can be returned before they expire. If you have not downloaded a title, you’ll be able to return it from your Checkouts page. If you download a title, its Return Title button will disappear from your Checkouts page, but you may be able to return it using these steps. The option to renew a title will appear on your Checkouts page within 3 days of the title’s expiration date. Learn more about how to renew titles here.


  • You can place up to 7 titles on hold at a time. You’ll receive an email notification when a title you placed on hold becomes available. Once the email is sent, you’ll have 2 days (48 hours) to borrow the title before your hold is cancelled. Or, you can turn on automatic borrowing to make sure you never miss a hold.
  • Suspending holds
  • If you’re not ready for a hold to become available yet, you can temporarily suspend it by following these steps. You can suspend each hold for a minimum of 7 days and a maximum of 90 days. Please note that you can’t suspend holds on renewed titles or titles you’ve requested again.

How to cancel a hold

  • Sign in to your account.
  • Click the Holds link.
  • Click the Options button.
  • Select the Remove hold option.

How to change your holds email address

  • Sign in to your account.
  • Click the Holds link.
  • Click the Options button.
  • Select the Edit email address option.
  • Enter your new email address in both required fields.
  • Click Update to update your email address for the selected title.