Kindle Users Can Now Download Library Books

Kindle users can now download free eBooks available through the Fairfax County Public Library’s catalog.

The library has offered eBooks and other e-material for several years now but until last week, library customers who had purchased Kindle eReaders were not able to access the library’s free eBooks. Now Kindle users join the thousands of library customers able to read for free on their devices.

Within hours of the library’s eBook availability to Kindle users, 65 percent of the collection for Kindle had been downloaded.

The announcement arrived at a good time for library system, which has been able to expand its eBook collection recently due to additional funding from the County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax Library Foundation and the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. The influx of donations has reduced the waiting times for the most popular books and has also allowed the library to add more titles in eBook format.

All of the library’s electronic resources are available through the library’s catalog.

For specific instructions for downloading eBooks to a Kindle, go here.

The following eBook workshops are occurring in October and November for customers who would like to learn more about eBooks and eReaders, including how to download library books:

  • Discover eBooks: Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m., Reston Regional Library 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston 703-689-2700
  • OverDrive eBook and eReader Workshop: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Centreville Regional Library 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville 703-830-2223
  • eBook Readers: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Woodrow Wilson Library6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church 703-820-8774
  • Personalized E-Book/E-Reader Instruction: Continuing Event — Call for an appointment with a trained staff member Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library 7584 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22043-2099 703-790-8088

Though there may be a wait for some of the in-demand titles, library staff note that wait lists move quickly..