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
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.
Used for a year now—fantastic with some minor quibbles
Pros: My reading has skyrocketed since using this app—Libby makes books so accessible, especially since I have a busy schedule and hard time stopping by the library. I have saved SO much money by using Libby, and have tried out more genres than I normally do, since you don’t waste a trip to the library getting a new book: simply tap to download and tap to return if you don’t like it. The waitlist system is very clear, browsing is easy, and a sizable catalog make this very much worth it.
Cons: Libby loses one star for some basic syncing and history issues. If I delete Libby off my device (sometimes I get rid of it when I’m busy and I don’t want to be tempted with a quick read!), when I redownload it, I lose all history of what books I’ve previously checked out and read. When you tag books, eg “To Read”, these tags are NOT synced across devices. I now have a motley “To Read” list spread across my phone and iPad. Likewise, these lists are lost if you remove the app off your local device. I’ve emailed Libby twice to request these be synced across devices and no luck yet.
Overall still a wonderful app and love how it makes reading yet more accessible. A TIP for readers—if practical, try to get multiple library cards for nearby areas. It opens up a larger catalog of books for you to read, and a waitlisted book in one library may be immediately available in another. :)
I’ve only browsed one ebook sample but have listened to several audiobooks and the interface is leaps and bounds better than Hoopla and OverDrive.
Cons: I’d give it a 5th star if the sleep timer for audiobooks had more than the 30 minute option (custom timer would be best along with 15 minute intervals up to an hour, then 30 minute intervals thereafter), the UI colors could be customized (at the least a dark mode, but I’d also like to change the blurred background color for audiobooks while in landscape mode), and I could customize my library card color tags/icons? (a minor gripe but two of my cards are too similar in color). I’m also not a fan of the settings menu but I can’t put my finger on why right now...
Pros: The book layout is great (Hoopla doesn’t even do landscape or two page mode🤬). As a whole, the Libby interface puts books at your fingertips quickly and offers a sleek & modern yet minimalist design that appeals to the eyes. The sort/refine/preferences works well although an ability to sort series by order in the series both ascending and descending is missing. The ability to sync Libby across multiple devices is FANTASTIC (again, looking at you Hoopla) and saves the hassle of logging in on each device and manually downloading each book (again, Hoopla, sup?). The audio/book sample feature (Hoopla comeon!) is conveniently placed, as is the book sample, review, and jacket information.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.