Hold List Increase on OverDrive

Starting Monday, October 14, OverDrive users will be able to have up to 20 items on their Holds list. The current maximum number of holds is 15. We hope that this increase in holds will be well-received by our patrons.

With more holds, it’s possible that multiple books will become available to at once. To help manage holds, you can suspend holds on specific books on your holds list. Suspending a hold lets you continue moving up on a title’s wait list without the title becoming available for you. If you reach #1 on the wait list, you’ll be in the first position to get the book once your suspended hold period ends.

For example, you might want to suspend a hold for a popular eBook if you’re on a long wait list for it, but know you’ll be unable to read it because you’re in the middle of another title.

You can suspend your holds using the website or via the Libby app in just a few easy steps!

Suspending Holds in Libby

1. Select my account in the right-hand corner.

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2. Select Holds to pull up a complete list of the holds on an account.

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3. Find the item from the list that you would like to suspend the hold.

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4. Select Suspend Hold.  

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5. Users have an option to Suspend Hold for: 7, 14, 21, 28, 60, 90 or 180 days.  This will keep the user’s place in the holds line. Once the designated period is up, users will be placed back in line for the item, while keeping the same place.

6. You can change or remove your suspended hold at any time.

~ Pam Calfo, Bridgeville Public Library & Hilary Lewis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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