Meet Libby. Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.
1. Fish out your library card
2. Open the Libby app
3. Find your local library
4. Search, sample, borrow, enjoy
It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a book. Libby has a ground-breaking built-in ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player. If you prefer, you can send books to your Kindle for reading.
• Sign in to multiple libraries, with one or more library cards
• Stay signed in for as long as you like
• Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space
• Sample any book with a tap — nothing to download or delete
• Try a zoomable graphic novel, or a picture book with readalong audio
• All your holds and loans are consolidated on a single shelf
• Tag titles as read, loved, hated, wishlist, schoolbook, beach-reading, whatever you like
• Your loans, holds, reading positions, bookmarks and notes are synchronized automatically across all your devices
So much is new in Libby!
* The Shelf Summary view displays the most important information across your loans, holds, tags and activities.
* Borrow and place holds on the same title at multiple libraries.
* Track your reading progress for every loan on your shelf.
* Borrow directly from your tags list.
* When searching your library, jump to any page of results by tapping on the page divider.
* We've simplified the display of wait list information.
* We've fixed several bugs that occasionally cropped up when opening (and reopening) your books and audiobooks.
* Every aspect of the app has been given a touch of polish.
We have big plans for the year ahead! Let us know your thoughts in the app: Menu => Help & Support.
Ratings and Reviews
Excellent way to borrow books and audio books
I used this service after seeing it advertised in our local library. Was a little difficult to find our library at first, but easy after that. Really pleased. My husband and children are using it too.
My youngest son is dyslexic and we have been borrowing/downloading the audio books, that are too expensive for us to buy, for his school English text. It’s working really well. We read the book from school first and then listen to the audiobook. He enjoyed the Wind singer audiobook so much he listened to it twice!
Books are expensive and sometimes getting to the library at the weekends ends up just another chore, now we can get the books so quickly.
Convenient and good to use
An awful lot of people complaining about not being able to find their local library. A simple solution is to check your libraries’ websites; I have library cards in 3 boroughs each of which listed their full name as it appears on the app so very easy to search and find them! Additionally unfair to blame an app if your library hasn’t signed up for the service.
Audiobooks and ebooks available to loan for two weeks, nice alternative when you can’t necessarily be bothered to go to a library. Can access the app on multiple devices download offline so don’t have to stream. Browsing/search function is a little clunky and filters aren’t the best but it’s functional and convenient overall!
Useful addition to library service
Now that I have read several ebooks on Libby I think it is a very useful addition to the library service. There are quality fiction and non fiction titles among the dross and reading them on an iPad is perfectly fine. Two things bug me though: I find if I have to put a hold on a popular book I only get it for 13 days instead of the default 21 days and if I don’t finish it in time I can’t renew it. This is extremely frustrating. Also if you search for a title it will often come up in the list but when you click on it you find it is not available on Libby. Searches on Netflix do the same thing. I have no idea why this is thought to be a good idea.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.