Answered By: Lisely Laboy
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2017     Views: 1192

We don't have a list of what you've checked out in the past.

For physical items, patrons can choose to turn on the "reading list" feature in the catalog which will keep track of the physical items checked out, as well as any OverDrive titles checked out in the catalog.  We've written up a set of instructions on how to turn on the reading list.

Please note that, due to privacy concerns, library staff may not turn this feature on or off for patrons; it is up to each patron individually to turn the feature on or off.

There are a few ways to try to keep track of everything you've read on OverDrive, but most of them aren't automatic and none of them are completely reliable.  We have written OverDrive a few times to let them know that people would like to be able to be able to keep track of everything they've checked out, automatically, but they haven't expressed any interest in adding the feature.

Here are some ways you can try to keep track of what you've read in OverDrive, but none of them work 100% of the time.

  1. You can rate everything you've read, so that your rating on it shows if the title comes up in a search.  Unfortunately this isn't easy or automatic since it requires you to remember to rate everything you've ever checked out.
  2. You can turn on "Reading History" in the catalog and check out everything through the catalog--but this won't work if you have automatic checkouts for holds turned on, because those titles don't get added to your reading history; and we've seen inconsistent results for things checked out in the OverDrive app or on the OverDrive site (at )--sometimes they get added to the reading history and sometimes they don't.  We haven't figured out why.
  3. You can download everything in the OverDrive app--but this history doesn't carry over automatically from one device to the next, so your list on an iPhone will probably look very different from your list on a tablet.  There is a way to export the download history from a device, but that's as an actual list and not as anything that gets stored in the OverDrive app on any other device.
  4. You could check out everything in Kindle format, so that it shows on  your "Manage Your Content and Devices" page on amazon.  But not all eBooks are available in Kindle format, and none of the audiobooks in OverDrive are.

Again, we've contacted OverDrive a number of times to mention that patrons want the feature, but they don't seem to want to add it.

I'm sorry.

If you have any other questions or comments, please let us know and we'll be happy to help.

LiselyL/Circulation Services