Changes Coming to Library’s ebook Service

The way you download ebooks and digital audiobooks from the library will soon change. At 11pm Dec. 5, you will no longer be able to access the OverDrive service, the source for downloadable books for Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library cardholders.

For years, our library has been part of an ebook consortium through the State Library of Kansas, which has decided not to renew with OverDrive after the State Library was unable to negotiate favorable terms. (Learn more about the reasons why at

The books previously available for checkout through OverDrive will no longer be accessible. The e-titles you have on hold and on your wish list will go away, as will titles you are currently reading or listening to. Make sure to jot those must-read titles down.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will make sure you can still check out ebooks in the future. We are pursuing options to replace the State Library’s OverDrive Service, so you can get back to reading free books on your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other device.

Look for announcements about new ebook services for you on this website in the coming weeks. If you have a question right now, ask a librarian at one of our desks, or use our Ask a Librarian Service. Call 785-580-4555 or start an online chat by clicking on the Ask Now button on the Home page of this website.




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  • Andrea Smith

    How disappointing! I just ordered a Kindle Fire and was looking forward to taking advantage of Overdrive. I’m looking forward to seeing what alternative become available.

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  • Darla Hass

    This is truly frustrating. Do you have any idea how long it will be before we are able to download audio books again?

  • Lisa Jones

    This was one of the big reasons that I bought a Kindle!! Thought it would be so much easier than running back and forth to the library. Are there any other libraries we can borrow from? How soon will this be resolved? Can we go to Overdrive on our own?

  • marcia

    We cannot check out ebooks on Kindle? Why do you have them listed on your website if we can’t check them out? How long will it be before we can check out books for Kindle? Give us some information please.

  • Lisa Coble-Krings

    Hello I see there is a string of comments here, the most recent one Jan. 18. Since this post was first published, the library has contracted with OverDrive, implemented it on our servers and provided it to customers. Customers who use a Kindle device will be able to check out library ebooks. Please check out this post about the new development in our ebook service: If you continue experiencing issues with Kindle devices and our OverDrive service, please ask a librarian for assistance.