A question we get quite often about Overdrive is “How do I return a title”. Just as a reminder, you don’t have to return an item checked out from Overdrive. After the loan period is over the item you borrowed will be returned automatically and you never receive late fees for them. But there are a couple of reasons why you might want to. First if you are at your five-item limit, then you will have to return something in order to check out new items. The other reason is just to be a good citizen. If you are done with the book, returning it allows others to check it out sooner.
Now, how you return an item depends a little bit on what format you chose and how you checked it out. In most cases, you have to
- find the item in your device bookshelf. (see the previous tip on two bookshelves)
- Tap and Hold the item until another menu appears with the options to return or delete the item.
- Select return. (If you select delete, it will only remove it from your device without actually returning it to the library).
There are exceptions to this method (e.g. using the Overdrive Windows desktop version or Kindle eBooks). For more information about all the different ways to return an item see Overdrive Help.
There can be situations where there is no way to return the item or where you just can’t figure it out. If that happens, please call the library and ask for help in manually returning an Overdrive item. We can always do it for you if necessary. If you want more help we have time and staff dedicated each week to answer your questions about Overdrive in Drop-In Tech Help.