Return Your eBooks Early?

eReadersDo you ever wonder how to return an eBook before its due date? Perhaps you just don’t have time to read it now, or you want to allow the next person to be able to read it. Fortunately, there are simple steps to return most eBooks early! Find directions here, and see directions for some of the most common devices below:

Kindle/Kindle App:

  1. Sign into “Manage Your Kindle” account here.
  2. Select the Actions button next to the eBook you want to return.
  3. Click Return This Book.
  4. Click Yes to verify that you want to return the eBook.
  5. If you also wish to delete the eBook from your Kindle Library list, select the Actions button again and click Delete from Library.


  1. Connect your reader to your computer. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Select Library (in the upper left corner). The Adobe Digital Editions library is displayed.
  3. Right-click (control-click for Mac) on the title you’d like to return.
  4. Click Return Borrowed Item.
  5. Click Return to verify that you want to return the eBook.

Tablet App:

  1. From the bookshelf, tap the + button next to the title you want to return.
  2. Tap Return / Delete to display the return options.
  3. Tap Return then Delete to return the title back to the library.
    (Selecting Delete only will delete the title from your device, but you will still have it checked out.)

MP3 eAudiobook:

  1. Follow directions here. (Returns of eAudiobooks are currently available for MP3-formatted titles only. WMA eAudiobooks cannot be returned before the lending period is up.)

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Written by Jan


Jan loves books and libraries, and usually visits the local library whenever she travels to a new city. She also loves her Kindle & iPad, and always has something good to read checked out from

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5 Responses to “Return Your eBooks Early?”

  1. Lisa Mauric Says:

    I am curious if we will be able to renew ebooks eventually?

  2. Kari Says:

    Yes, would love to be able to renew books and if we recommend them for purchase, have the ebook automatically added to our hold list. 😉 Thank you!

  3. Sheri Says:

    Lisa — I know that OverDrive is working on this feature, so stay tuned!

    Kari — If you use the “Show me additional titles to recommend” function on, you do have the option to both receive an email when a title you recommend is purchased, as well as being automatically placed on hold for it. Please email me at if you have any questions about this feature.

    KDL Webmaster

  4. Kathy Says:

    What about returning mp3’s from Overdrive on a Mac? I can delete it from the application, but it still stays checked out to me. Thanks!

  5. Sheri Says:

    Hi Kathy,

    Unfortunately, the OverDrive Media Console for Mac currently does not support the early return feature. However, if you fill out the digital library support form at, library staff can manually remove the title from your account for you.

    KDL Webmaster