What is Libby?
Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from your public library. You can stream books with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. All you need to get started is a library card.
Yes, Libby is completely free. The Libby app is free to install from your device's app store, and all the digital content from your library is free to borrow with a valid library card. There are no subscription costs, no in-app purchases, and no late fees (books are automatically returned on their due dates).
You can download the Libby app on most iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices. Learn more about device compatibility, or download it now:
If your device isn't compatible with the app, you can still use Libby by going to libbyapp.com in a web browser. We suggest using the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge (Chromium).
Libby is built by OverDrive, who also developed the classic OverDrive app. Both apps let you borrow the same free digital content from your library. However, Libby was designed to make finding, borrowing, and enjoying free ebooks and audiobooks easier than ever.
Libby works with public libraries that use OverDrive.
If you can't find your library in Libby, it might be because it's not a public library, or because it doesn't use OverDrive to lend ebooks and audiobooks. If that's the case, we encourage you to reach out to your library and let them know you're interested in using Libby and OverDrive.
Your library chooses which digital books they'd like to provide in Libby. They also set lending policies, like how long you can borrow books and how many you can borrow at a time.
Libby is only for digital books. It doesn't include any physical materials from your library.
The first time you open Libby, you'll be prompted to find a library and add a library card.
Then, you can browse your library's collection of ebooks and audiobooks or search for a specific title, author, or series.
When you borrow a book, it's added to your Loans (on your Shelf). You can start reading or listening in Libby, or send a book to a Kindle device (U.S. libraries only). Books are automatically returned on their due dates, so you never need to worry about late fees.
If you're interested in a book that isn't available right away, you can place a hold and be added to a wait list. Once the book is available, you'll get a notification.