Managing your eBook holds
Is your eBook or eAudiobook not available? Place it on hold.
Sometimes it is case that you find no available titles of the digital materials you seek. Due to publisher’s restrictions, the library may lend out only a limited number of copies of digital materials, just as if they were print materials.
However, like printed materials, you may place items ‘on hold’ so that you may check them out once they become available.
How do I place items on hold?
When viewing a particular item in Overdrive you will see how many available copies exist. When 0 copies are available you’ll also see how many patrons are currently on the waiting list.
Use the ‘Place a Hold’ button to add your name to the waiting list. You’ll be prompted to log in with your library card number and pin if you haven’t already. You’ll also be asked to confirm your email address.
What happens when I place an item on hold?
A title you place on hold will be reserved for you to check out once it becomes available. You can place up to 10 titles on hold at a time. When the title is available for you, we will email you instructions on checking the item out.
The item will be held for you for 4 days after we email you.
How can I view my holds?
Log in to the Overdrive home page http://toronto.lib.overdrive.com
Click the Account tab – if you aren’t logged in already, you’ll be prompted to log in with your library card number and pin.
Click the 'My Holds' link.
The titles that you have currently placed on hold are displayed.
How can I check out my holds?
If you have received a notification that your holds that are available they will have an 'Add to Cart' option at the very right of them, while unavailable holds will have the 'Remove | Edit' options. Select 'Add to cart'
You will be directed to your cart, and your hold will no longer be in the Holds section but will be transferred to your cart. Items in your cart have a 30 minute time limit to check out.
A download link appears allowing you to download it to your computer. There is no need to immediately download it. The item is kept in your Bookshelf under the 'Account' section, and will be available for download during the lending period.
How can I cancel my holds?
When you are viewing your Holds in the Account section, items still unavailable will have a ‘Remove| Edit’ link next to them. Select ‘Remove’ to cancel the hold on the item.