Switching to Libby from the OverDrive app
You can download the Libby app on your mobile device or use Libby in your computer's web browser.
You can download Libby on:
- iOS 10+ (get it from the Apple App Store)
- Android 5.0+ (get it on Google Play)
- Fire OS 5+ (get it directly from OverDrive, the developers of Libby)
If you have a Windows computer, Mac computer, or a Chromebook, you can use Libby in your web browser at libbyapp.com. We suggest using the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge.
When you open Libby for the first time, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with your library card.
Note: If you used your phone number to get an "instant digital card" from your library in the OverDrive app, select I Would Like A Card when signing in, then enter your phone number.
If you have trouble signing in, reach out to your local library staff. You can tap get in touch or ask your library on your library's sign-in screen to find instructions and contact information.
If you have more library cards, you can add them to the app now. Learn more about adding library cards.
Some libraries have partnerships with other libraries, which let you borrow titles from a partner library using your home library card.
If your library has one of these partnerships, you'll see a list of partner libraries when you sign into your home library.
Then, to add your card for a partner library:
- Go to > Add Library.
- Search for the partner library and open it.
- Tap Sign In With My Card.
- Under "Partner Libraries," choose your home library from the list and sign in.
Note: Some partner libraries may place limits on visiting library cards. For example, when you visit a partner library, you may have a lower checkout limit, lower priority for holds, or the inability to place holds.
Yes, your current loans and holds from the OverDrive app will be added to Libby as soon as you add your library card.
Note: Reading progress and bookmarks from the OverDrive app won't sync to Libby when you switch. You may want to finish your current loans before switching or make a note of your progress and manually pick up where you left off in Libby.
Using the icons in the footer, you can:
- Tap to search for titles.
- Tap to open the library collection you were most recently browsing.
- Tap to see your loans, holds, and tags for all your libraries.
- Tap to see your timeline.
If you'd like, you can turn on labels for the footer icons:
- Go to > Settings.
- Tap Customize Navigation.
- Turn on Labeled Icons.
Learn more about navigating the app.
Visit our Upgrade to Libby page to learn more about the OverDrive app being discontinued and why we think you'll love Libby.
Watch our training video about switching to Libby, or continue to the sections below for written instructions.
Recommended setup tips
Once you're signed in, you're ready to start enjoying titles. But, there are a few settings you might want to customize right away.
If you created wish lists in the OverDrive app, you can import them into Libby as a tag. To do so, go to and select the Sync Wish Lists notification. From there, follow the prompts to sync your wish list.
If you dismissed the notification, you can still sync your wish list. See Does my library wish list sync to Libby? to learn more.
In the Libby mobile app, you have the option to stream titles using an internet connection or download titles for offline use. By default, all loans are downloaded for offline use when you have a Wi-Fi connection.
To customize your download settings in the mobile app, go to > Settings > Change Download Rules.
Note: These settings aren't available for libbyapp.com users.
Learn more about managing your download settings.
Libby can notify you about your loans and holds with email, in-app, or push notifications. To customize your notification settings:
- Tap .
- Go to Settings > Manage Notifications.
Learn more about managing notifications.
If you want to use Libby on multiple devices, you can keep them all in sync by setting up your other devices with a setup code:
- On the "Welcome" screen, tap Yes when asked if you have a library card.
- Select Copy From Another Device.
- Retrieve a setup code from your main device. To do so, go to > Settings > Copy To Another Device.
- Enter the 8-digit setup code on your other devices.
- Tap Next to complete the setup process.
Finding and borrowing titles
Libby has the same great titles from your library as the OverDrive app.
In Libby, you can browse your library's collection by tapping . At the top of the screen, select a label to browse by subject, filter the catalog by popularity, and more. Further down, you'll find:
- Curated lists that share a common theme, like summer reading books, autobiographies, or library staff picks.
- Featured titles (like Big Library Read) chosen by your library or by OverDrive.
- Guides that feature segments of the library's catalog, like kids' content, magazines, language-specific collections, and more.
- Extras, which are extra learning or entertainment resources from the library. They might include providers like Kanopy, Craftsy, Universal Class, and more. See What are Extras? to learn more.
To search for titles:
- Tap in the footer.
- Enter your search term (e.g., a title, author, or series name) in the search bar.
- Select a search suggestion (if available), or tap to see all results.
To refine your search:
- Tap the books, audiobooks, or magazines link at the top of a list to only show titles in that format.
- Tap Refine, then:
- Tap Format, Subject, Language, Audience, Supports, or Availability to add filters.
- Tap Sort By to choose another sort option.
- Tap Search Within Results and enter a search term.
You can set preferences to filter future searches:
- In a list or in search results, tap Preferences.
- Adjust your filters and default sorting option.
- Tap Apply Preferences.
When you find a title you're interested in, tap it to see its details screen. Here you'll see a brief description, the title's format, the number of copies in the library, and more.
If the title is available, tap Borrow to check it out. After you tap Borrow, tap the underlined loan period on the confirmation page to change your loan period. If you change your loan period, that will be your default for future checkouts in this format.
If no copies are available, tap Place Hold to be added to the title's wait list. You'll receive a notification when your hold is ready to borrow.
You can see all of your current loans and holds on your Shelf ().
In Libby, you can tag titles that you'd like to save for later.
To tag a title, tap Tag while browsing your library or on a title's details screen, then select or create a tag.
To see titles you've tagged, go to > tags.
Reading and listening
To start reading a book, go to your Shelf () and tap loans at the top of the screen.
Tap Read With... to choose where you'd like to read the book (Kindle or Libby), then finish sending to Kindle (U.S. libraries only) or start reading in Libby.
While reading with Libby, tap the center of the screen, then tap to change the font, adjust the text size, enable dark mode, and more.
Note: Some books, like picture books and graphic novels, don't offer all of these settings or features.
To start reading a magazine, go to your Shelf (), tap loans at the top of the screen, then tap Open Magazine.
When you're reading a magazine, you can open individual articles and adjust text size and lighting settings for them.
- Tap the center of the screen, then to read an article. If there's more than one article on the page, you'll be prompted to select one.
- Tap to change the text size or lighting options.
Libby can also notify you about new issues of magazines. See Can I be notified when new magazine issues are available? to learn more.
To start listening, go to your Shelf (), tap loans at the top of the screen, then tap Open Audiobook.
While listening, you can set a sleep timer or change the playback speed.
- To change the playback speed in an audiobook, tap . Then, choose a preset or drag the "Fine-tune" slider to set a custom speed (0.6–3x).
- To set a sleep timer for the first time, tap at the top right of the audiobook player. Then, choose a preset or drag the "Fine-tune" slider to set a custom timer (5-120 minutes).