I need help with Overdrive / Libby. Where do I find that?

What devices work with it, can I renew my ebooks, how do I download the Libby app?  So many questions!



Overdrive has one of the largest collections of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and eVideos.  To access this digital collection you will need a library card number and PIN, a compatible device, and the Libby App or compatible web browser.

In addition to eBooks and eAudiobooks (which you can also get from Boundless), you can also access eMagazines and eVideos.  Here's a video highlighting eMagazines on the Libby App.  You can browse all these formats by clicking on Collections from the main page of Overdrive.   Read-Along Books are also available on Overdrive.


Most items can be checked out for 7 or 14 days; Videos can only be checked out for 3 or 5 days.  You can also renew many of the items 3 days before they are due, or request them again if renewing is not an option.  And when your hold is ready, you now have the option to have it delivered later if you’re not ready to read it. 

There are limits on Checkouts: 30 and Holds: 20 at any one time.  You can return books early.  However, all Overdrive loans are automatically returned on their due dates. 

Another nice feature, is that you can recommend titles; just look for the “Didn't find what you're looking for?” at the bottom of your search results.  When you find a book you want to recommend, simply click Recommend.  You can recommend up to 3 titles every 30 days.

Hosting a book club?  Under eBooks, choose from the three categories that allow unlimited downloads:

  • Check it out--great reads without the wait!
  • Classics (Duke)
  • Juvenile & YA Always Available
How Do I Start?

Best way to start?  Go to Getting Started with Overdrive.  Also, look here to find out the advantages of signing up for a free Overdrive Account

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Navigating the app

In the footer

  • Tap search to search for titles.

  • Tap Library to open the library collection you were most recently browsing.

  • Tap shelf to see your loans, holds, and tags for all your libraries.

  • Tap timeline to see your timeline.

In the Libby menu icon menu
  • Tap Manage Notifications to change your notification settings. Once set up, in-app ("menu badge") notifications appear at the top of the menu.
  • Tap a library (under "Your Libraries") to browse their collection.
  • Tap Cards + (under "Your Libraries") to see your saved library cards.
  • Tap Add Library to find another library.
  • Tap Get Some Help to search for answers to your questions, find solutions to common problems, or suggest an idea.
  • Tap Take Our Survey to answer a quick survey about Libby.
  • Tap Settings to customize your experience in Libby.

Note: The OverDrive app was discontinued in early 2023. You will automatically be directed to the Libby app. (How is Libby different from the OverDrive app?)

  • Last Updated Oct 20, 2023
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  • Answered By Lianna Kelly

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