Books To-Go

Each year, more than 45 million travelers visit the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, many of those passengers often are looking for a way to pass the hours on the ground between flights or even in route to their final destination.

Courtesy King County Library System.

Courtesy King County Library System.

While some passengers shell out big bucks at an airport shop for a steamy romance novel or a hard-hitting political thriller, the King County Library System has another suggestion.

On November 15, KCLS placed two OverDrive Media Stations at the SeaTac Airport. These eBook/audiobook kiosks enable both KCLS library cardholders and non-cardholders alike the opportunity to check out eBooks or audiobooks and download them right to their smartphone or other device.

In the six weeks since the kiosks have arrived, more than 800 temporary passes (for non-cardholders) have been issued, and more than 2,000 titles have been checked out over all.

Up to two items can be loaned out on a 2-day temporary pass and will automatically be removed from the user’s account when they have expired. Alternatively, cardholders may keep their OverDrive materials for 21 days at which time the materials may be renewed if they are not on hold for another patron.

The brightly-colored, eye-catching kiosks can be found near Concourse A (next to the children’s play area, directly across from the Delta Sky Lounge) and Concourse D (across from The Lodge restaurant) from now until at least the end of 2017.

For more information about the OverDrive Media Stations contact Julie Acteson at 425.369.3273 or

is an assistant editor at 425 magazine. Email her.
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