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
• Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab
Libby is the brand new app from OverDrive Labs. We're trying to simplify and bring joy to every aspect of digital borrowing and reading. If you love it, you can use it instead of the OverDrive app. If you don't love it yet, feel free to keep using the OverDrive app, but check in on Libby from time to time — we're adding features and squashing bugs every day.
We've worked hard on some behind-the-scenes things in this release. Notable improvements include:
* Library card verification is fully built-in to the app — signing into your cards is much clearer and easier now.
* We've addressed a theoretical loophole where WiFi-only downloads might have continued on a cellular connection.
* Launching the app is smoother and a tiny bit faster.
* Several causes of audio playback errors (where an exclamation mark is shown in the play button) have been fixed.
* The home bar is hidden while reading books (iPhone X/XS/XR).
* We've fixed some problems with resuming downloads in iOS 12.
Ratings and Reviews
Nothing but positive
I absolutely love Libby. It has a great selection of books, that I can easily access. Since it connects to your library card, it works just like a public library. I love how all the books are free, since with your library card, you are borrowing the book. You can also renew the book you are reading, and have multiple books at once. I have never used overdrive, or other reading apps, other than a few books on kindle, but this is my favorite by far. I love how it accesses to your library card, so you do not have to pay for these books. Also, how you can chose how long you are borrowing a book. I am a slow reader, so I like how I can borrow a book for 21 days, whereas someone may only want one for 7 days. Also how the app automatically returns your book if you do not finish in the time you have to read it. I have an Audio book app, which is great, but does not have nearly the book selection as Libby. There are many features that help the experience become amazing, and currently, I spend more of my time on Libby than on my other apps. I have heard other apps that are great, but I have not gotten them, since I love Libby, and love how it connects to my library card at my branch, and lets me borrow books for free. I must say that this is my first review, so I may not of covered many things, but I have nothing but positive to say about Libby, I just needed to share what I think about Libby.
Needs improvement, but has potential to be great
Difficult to manage. It seems like I wait forever for my turn to come up & when it does everything seems to become available at once. They claim that when this happens & you have too much to read at once that you can let someone ahead of you in line without losing your space. I’ve tried this a couple times & it hasn’t worked. Instead they took away my hold completely! Then I have to start back at the beginning of the line! There’s no help number that you can call. I e-mailed in a couple of technical questions in the past but got an answer back that wasn’t helpful & seemed more like a form letter. Libby could potentially be a great app if they could improve the technical issues, plus not have such a huge wait times for books.
It would also be helpful that if I need more time to read my book that I was allowed to renew it just like they do at a brick & mortar library. Whenever I have tried this, Libby puts me back at the beginning of the line which often times can be a 3 month wait. By the time you wait 3 mnths you forget names of characters, where you were etc. & have to reread the book anyway. The exception to this rule is that if there’s not a wait list, which rarely happens to me, Libby will then allow you to renew your book.🧐
User friendly, but MAJOR drawback
I work in a library, and borrow audiobooks and ebooks myself frequently. Former Overdrive user, now use Libby most of the time because it is more user friendly and streamlined. However, there are two big problems that mean I can’t get rid of Overdrive just yet (I switch between the two for searching).
1) Biggest problem: if you use more than one library account (if you belong to different library systems), and you place a title on hold through 1 library, Libby will not allow you to access that title through another library, EVEN IF THAT TITLE IS AVAILABLE through the other library. If you are using Libby, you must be very careful to NOT place a hold until you’ve checked all libraries you belong to. Otherwise you’ll be waiting weeks to read a book you could have accessed immediately. You also can only place a hold on a particular title through 1 library system.
2) Through Libby you can not recommend titles for your library to buy. Our library will automatically buy an item once a certain number of requests have been made. Too bad you can’t request a purchase through Libby!
I do find Libby more user friendly and recommend it to library patrons who only use 1 library, and use it myself most of the time, but the above issues are major ones for me still.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.