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You Can Now Check Out Library eBooks at Seattle’s Airport

Over the past few years the King County Library System has operated pop-up free book kiosks at Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport, but when the librarians were setting up a permanent presence, they decided to go digital.

KCLS announced on Facebook earlier this month that they had installed two OverDrive media kiosks in Sea-Tac Airport:

Are you travelling this holiday season? Be sure to check out the new KCLS eBook kiosks at SeaTac near the A or D concourse. No library card needed!

There’s bright orange signs throughout the airport to let travelers know about the wealth of online materials (books, movies, music) available through We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

According to Voice of the Valley, the kiosks will be available until the end of 2017. They are available to everyone, including those who do not have a King County library card. Passengers who have that library card will be able to check out audiobooks and ebooks just like they would from the library’s website, and passengers without a King County library card will also be able to download up to two titles.

It’s not clear whether those two titles will be library ebooks or free works sourced from Librivox or Project Gutenberg, but either is possible.

A library system in Florida, Broward County Library, launched a similar program in 2011 where passengers traveling through the local airport could download free ebooks sourced from Project Gutenberg. That was an idea worth copying, although few library systems have done so.

In any case, the library ebooks checked out from the OverDrive media stations will expire after 7 days, so there will be no need to return them, either.

King County library’s previous efforts at the airport focused on giving away donated books and magazines. Those projects ran during the summers of 2012 and 2013.

KCLS blog

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