Get to know the Libby App

Friday, February 18, 2022
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Still using the OverDrive app? Switch to Libby. Same great titles and new features you'll love.

 

#Libby is now the primary app for OverDrive

On February 23, OverDrive will remove the original OverDrive app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store making Libby the primary app for enjoying the Library's OverDrive digital collection. New customers will only be able to download and install the Libby app going forward.

#"The Library Reading App"

Borrow ebooks, audibooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app. You can even send and read your borrowed e-books to your Kindle e-reader! It's free and easy to get started for new users.

The Libby app has the same great titles and everything else you loved about OverDrive plus many unique features:

  • Audiobook compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and bluetooth
  • A way to tag things to create wish lists
  • Push notifications
  • A single bookshelf displaying all of your loans and holds
  • Direct, in-app support (not just FAQ)
  • Accessibility enhancements like screen reader support 
  • Customizable e-book reader display and more!

#Get Libby and start reading now!

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Libby is completely free. It’s free to install, and there are no subscription costs, no in-app purchases, and no late fees. All you need is a library card. Learn more about Libby here.


#Why the change?

The original OverDrive app was released over a decade ago. A lot has changed since then! Libby was inspired by library and customer feedback. It was designed to get people reading as quickly as possible. It's also a better, more streamlined experience for current OverDrive app users.

#When should I switch?

You can switch to the Libby app now without losing your current checkouts or holds. You can even sync your wish lists from the OverDrive app or the OverDrive website with the Libby app.

Customers who already have the OverDrive app installed can continue to use it (for now). OverDrive will continue to provide support but only until the end of 2022, when they expect most users will have migrated over to Libby.

#Streaming Videos

Videos are not available in the Libby app. But you can access "extras" like videos in other ways:

  • Did you know? OverDrive and Kanopy have joined together! Libby will do what it does best: enhancing the digital reading experience and helping you find more of the books you love. While Kanopy will remain your source for streaming video content, on the world-class platform you're already familiar with. Download the Kanopy app on the App Store or Google Play. Kanopy is also available for streaming on several television apps and devices.
  • OverDrive's digital collection, including its video collection, will continue to be available at https://jpl.overdrive.com. It can be viewed on your desktop or laptop computer. This link will also be posted on the Digital Library page of our website.

#What if I use a Kindle?

The OverDrive app will not be removed from the Amazon App store at this time since the Libby app is not yet available for Kindle.

If you're a Kindle user: you can continue to use the OverDrive app. You can also stream content through http://libbyapp.com or the Library’s website, depending on which Kindle you use. You can also deliver Kindle books using the Send to Kindle feature from another device that is compatible with the Libby app (such as your smartphone).

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