What are smart tags?

In Libby, a smart tag is a special kind of tag that can automatically keep track of certain titles for you. 

Like regular tags, smart tags can be:

  • Found on your Shelf (Shelf) under tags.
  • Added to individual titles manually.
  • Renamed or edited.
  • Removed from individual titles or deleted entirely.

Smart tags can do more than regular tags, and each one works a little differently:

"Borrowed" smart tag

Libby automatically creates this smart tag after you borrow your first title in the app.

When you borrow a title, Libby adds this smart tag to the title automatically. 

You can also manually add or remove this tag from any title, or delete the entire tag.

"Sampled" smart tag

Libby automatically creates this smart tag after you open your first sample in the app.

When you read or listen to a sample of a title, Libby adds this tag to the title automatically.

You can also manually add or remove this tag from any title, or delete the entire tag.

"Notify Me" smart tag

You'll need to set up this smart tag in Libby. To do so, you can create a brand new "Notify Me" smart tag or add "Notify Me" logic to an existing, regular tag.

When you add this smart tag to a magazine, you'll get a notification when new issues come out. When you add this smart tag to a book or an audiobook, you'll get an in-app notification if your library purchases another title by the same author.

You'll be asked if you want to add your Notify Me smart tag to any magazine you borrow.

"OverDrive Wish List" smart tag

You'll need to set up this smart tag in Libby. Visit our dedicated help article to learn how.

This smart tag syncs with your wish lists from the OverDrive app or OverDrive library websites. Wish lists from all of your library cards are merged into a single tag.

Once all your wish list items are added to this tag, you can manually add or remove titles. Changes you make in Libby will be reflected on OverDrive library websites.