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New features for managing your OverDrive eBook holds

August 5, 2014 | Sandra | Comments (7)

Good news for users of OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks: two new options to help you manage your holds have just been released. 


Suspending Holds

As with holds on physical library materials, suspending keeps your place in the waiting list, but allows you to:

  • Make sure you don't get all your holds at the same time
  • Stop holds from coming in when you know you'll be too busy to read them

Here's how it works:

  1. Sign in to your OverDrive account.
  2. In your Holds list, choose the item you want to suspend and click on Options.
  3. Choose the time period for suspending the hold (from 7 to 90 days) and click Submit.


Your hold is now suspended. You can change the suspension dates or unsuspend the hold at any time by clicking the Edit link.


Automatic Checkout

OverDrive has also introduced an option to save you a step in the eBook borrowing process and help ensure you never miss your holds once they become available.

At the time you place a hold, you'll see a checkbox labelled Automatically borrow this title when it becomes available.

Note that the box is checked by default. If you leave it selected, OverDrive will automatically check the book out to your account as soon as it becomes available.

If you change your mind, you can turn this setting on and off for individual holds by going to the Holds section of your account:

See OverDrive's article on how automatic borrowing works for more details.


Ready to Place Some eBook Holds?

You can have up to 30 items on hold in OverDrive. Looking for some books to add to your holds list? Here are a few good places to start:

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