“Deliver Later” option in Libby

Graphic showing that you can choose to have a digital hold delivered after the next person on the list uses it if you don't have time for it when it becomes available to you.

When a hold becomes available for you, you’ll receive an email and a notification in your library’s OverDrive collection. You have 72 hours to borrow the hold or have it delivered later if you’re not ready to read it.

Delivering a hold later means you stay at the front of the wait list, but pass the current copy to the next person in line.

To deliver a hold later:

  1. Go to your Holds page on your library’s OverDrive website or in the OverDrive app.
    You’ll need to be signed into the site to get to this page.
  2. Select Deliver later next to the title.
  3. Choose the earliest date you’d like the title to be delivered. After that date, you’ll get a copy when the next person returns it.
    Note: This could mean that you get the title a couple days or weeks after your “deliver after” date.
  4. Select Confirm.

Once you reschedule delivery, you’ll see a “Deliver after” notification next to the hold.

You can change your delivery date by selecting Edit hold. You can choose a different date or select “as soon as possible” to receive the next available copy.

Even if you select “as soon as possible,” it may still be days or weeks until you receive the title. The wait depends on both how soon the next available copy is returned and how many others in front of you also delivered their hold later and are waiting for a copy.

If you take no action on an available hold

Once per hold, if you take no action:

  • The “deliver after seven days” option will be automatically applied at the end of the 72-hour pickup window.
  • You’ll receive the next available copy of the title.
  • The current copy will go to the next person in line.

If you take no action a second time, your hold will be canceled automatically.