How do I delete expired library books from my Kindle or Kindle app?


To delete expired library books from your Kindle/Kindle app, use the following steps:

  1. Delete the library book from Amazon's Manage my content and devices, available from your Amazon account page. Use the actions button actions buttonand choose Delete from the menu that pops up. When your device syncs, the library book should be removed.
  2. On your Kindle or Kindle app, delete the library book or Loan Ended letter associated with the expired book. To do this on touchscreen Kindles and Kindle apps, touch and hold the book cover/personal letter or item title. Choose Delete or Remove from Device. For Kindles with the 5 way controller, highlight the title, then hold the controller to the left or right until a menu opens. Choose Delete.
  • Last Updated Jun 29, 2017
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  1. Thank you so much for #2!! I looked everywhere and had tried to tap on the app, but it didn't work. I appreciate your help!
    by Jupiter1997 on Jul 07, 2015
  2. Thanks for #2 instructions. I couldn't find this information anywhere else, including Amazon website.
    by Jane on May 25, 2016
  3. Thank you so much! Have been trying for years to delete an expired library ebook! #2 did not work for the expired book, but #1 did - on my laptop, and when I resynched my iPhone and iPad, it was finally gone!!
    by Linnet on Aug 09, 2016
  4. Thank you so much. This was just the information I needed to get rid of all the your library loan on "---" book has ended.
    by Debbie on Oct 10, 2016
  5. Thank you!! For some reason option #1 wasn't working but option #2 solved the issue. I really appreciate you posting the answer!
    by erinveggie on Feb 28, 2017
  6. This technique does not work. The books still appear to be on my Kindle, although they no longer appear in my Amazon manage kindle page. Please advise. Thanks,
    by Erin on Apr 30, 2017
  7. Directions on the Kindle page at Amazon state that once you have deleted books from your account they will be removed from your kindle once you sync it with your Amazon account. You can also just delete them from the device itself as in the directions below.

    To remove Items from Your Kindle Library
    *Go to Manage Your Content and Devices.
    *From Your Content, change the Show drop-down menu to the appropriate category, if needed.
    *Select the title(s) that you want to delete, and then select Delete.
    * To confirm, select Yes, delete permanently.
    by Ben Ridout on May 01, 2017
  8. Books were deleted from Kindle account right away but have lingered on my app. I selected the book by pressing down and selected the "download" option. Message popped up -- unable to download and provided an option to "Remove from library".
    by Judy on Jun 26, 2017
  9. #2 - YES! Thank you. I could not get these books off my Kindle with #1.
    by Stacey on Jan 31, 2018
  10. #2 is great. Got tired of looking at (loan ended) on my Kindle Fire. Had deleted it on my Amazon page and regular Kindle but it lingered on the Fire for some reason. Thank you so much!
    by bookie on Feb 24, 2019
  11. These work, but still a couple of books that were deleted hanging on in the app even though the items weren't displaying under content list in the content and devices section. I deleted and reinstalled the Kindle app on my phone and iPad and the old content cleared right off! Hope this helps :)
    by Morgan on May 09, 2019
  12. Thank you! I have been looking for an answer for this for a long time. Info #2 was the solution!
    by Georgia on Jun 28, 2019
  13. #2! THANK YOU!! I feel such a weight lifted off my [loan ended] kindle list. :)
    by Syche on Apr 21, 2020
  14. I was looking for this for SO long! THANK YOU SO MUCH! That [Loan Ended] tag was getting annoying.
    by Laila on May 05, 2020
  15. Neither worked. Can I only delete a few at a time? The second didn’t give me an option to delete.
    by Dale on May 16, 2020
  16. @Dale, Unfortunately, as far as we know there is not a bulk delete option for Kindle books. You may try contacting Amazon support to see if they could assist you with that.
    by the Public Library on May 21, 2020
  17. I have deleted all the loan books on my Paper White kindle but when I try to get a book, it still says I have too many books on loan. I don't know how to fix . All the changes on Kindle are very bad and confusing. Get a Libby app! What is it and when they send me the link it doesn't work. Help!
    by Elinor Ruskin on May 24, 2020
  18. @Elinor, you may need to actually return (and not just delete) the Kindle books through your Amazon account. You can delete without returning, which means they still take up a loan spot. You can check your OverDrive account here: (log in with your library card number and PIN) to see you actual loans checked out to your account. The Libby app is only for Kindle tablets and smartphones, and will not work with a Kindle Paperwhite. If you still are not able to clear up loan spots on your account, you can contact OverDrive Tech Support here:
    by the Public Library on Jun 01, 2020
  19. I know how to delete a book from the library, my problem is I dont want to delete without the availability of rereading the book sometime in the future. How do I get them out of my books without losing the possibility of redownloading from library at some point in future
    by Linda M Blair on Jul 11, 2020
  20. @Linda, deleting a Kindle book from your Amazon account does not affect checking the same title out from the library at a furture time. If you do delete a book, and check it out again, it will just be added to your Amazon account like a new book. Note that if you do do this, and saved notes or bookmarks about the book will be deleted, and will not show up if you check out the book again.
    by the Public Library on Jul 13, 2020
  21. I need to delete borrowed books from my Kindle Fire Books list once I have returned them. I don't want them to appear in the Books list. There;s no prompt to "remove from Device", which there was on the previous Kindle I had. They're shown as Borrow Expired on the Amazon content page. I want them off the Books list on my Fire - I have too many on there to easily find the books I've purchased
    by Lindy Conter on Aug 16, 2020
  22. Linda, I have the same issue! Hope somebody can help!
    by Trish on Sep 09, 2020
  23. I do #2, the item is selected. I cannot find a 'DELETE' button, icon, or finger movement that either deletes or brings up a delete option.
    by Glenn on Oct 31, 2020
  24. I am also having the same issue as Glenn. No menu or delete shows up on my kindle. Help!
    by Jean on Nov 27, 2020
  25. Thank you so much for #2. I've been trying for ages to get rid of expired loans on my very old Kindle, and this works perfectly.
    by Zoom on Dec 16, 2020
  26. Thank for option #1. I’ve been trying to delete a few expired books for years and this option took care of it. Many thanks!!
    by Jewels on Mar 03, 2021
  27. #2 Above works on Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD 7 (2nd generation). It does not work on Kindle Fire HD8 10th generation unless you select "Home" first. Then it works. Spent an hour trying to find answer. Even bought what was supposed to be a good instruction manual for the Kindle Fire HD8 and 10. Nowhere does it tell you how to delete. Only bought the HD8 because my digital library would no longer allow the HD7 to work with Overdrive so could not read EPUB books on Kindle. Have found that I have to go to digital library and delete books from there first, then to Amazon's Device and Contents list and return the books there as well. Then the loans are returned from both. You will still be able to see the books on your Amazon list after refreshing the page or just next time you bring up the Device and Contents List.
    by Gayle on Apr 06, 2021
  28. Unfortunately neither #1 or #2 is working.
    by PJ on Apr 14, 2021
  29. Gayle, thank you so much! Nothing was working on my phone (I don't have problems on my iPad with the Kindle app). I was able to delete old library books, but not the notices. I finally was able to hold and delete the "loan expired" notices on my Kindle app on my android phone when I did it from the "home" screen, just as you said. THANK YOU!
    by Grace on Jun 06, 2021
  30. this does not work for kindle cloud reader online version. i even reached out to amazon and they claimed to put in a ticket to remove them, but that was weeks ago with no response. Even though the library book have been removed from all my devices and my amazon digital content, they still appear when i use kindle cloud reader online.
    by Belinda on Oct 06, 2021
  31. To bulk delete library loans, navigate on your amazon menu under your account to Content and Devices. From there, you can select 'Books' and in the drop down menu next to it, select 'Borrows' instead of All to see the library books that have expired/returned and you no longer want showing up in your Kindle menu. Select checkboxes and Delete. Sync your actual Kindle after completing the request online.
    by RL on Oct 09, 2022
  32. Thanks! 1 and 2 were not ridding all my devices of old loans, but for some reason using the ‘borrows’ instead of ‘all’ to go in and delete again made the books finally go away. 🤷🏻‍♀️
    by LB on Feb 15, 2023
  33. I do not see "Manage my content and devices", but I do see "Content & Devices". I selected that and then selected "Newspapers", and there I see a canceled subscription to the San Francisco Chronicle, but I do not see any action options to delete the old stuff. There are lots of old entries for this newspaper on my kindle library, and I'd really like to get rid of them. Why is this so hard? I really could not recommend a kindle because of this nonsense.
    by elo on Mar 14, 2023
  34. This doesn’t work on the iPhone app. When I press on the library books I’m given a whole laundry list of choices but none of them *get rid of the book* — this is why I never ever use Kindle for library loans because there’s no way to get rid of them and they just clog everything up.
    by Lora on Jul 22, 2023