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It’s time to move to Libby!

Feb 16, 2022

If you’ve spoken to a librarian recently, you’ve probably heard them talk about online resources. There are eBooks and Audiobooks (and more!) that you can download with your library card, and we love them so much that we can’t stop talking about them.

Over the years, you may have heard us use names like Overdrive and Libby interchangeably because, though they have been separate apps, they are virtually the same thing with the same content. However, the company that owns both has decided to consolidate so that Libby is their only app. On February 23rd, the Overdrive app will no longer appear in the app store or be available to new users. It’s time to move to Libby! We promise it’s the same thing with a slightly simpler user interface (and a nice pink logo!).

If you are longtime Overdrive user, you may have some questions about how this transition will work. You can always give the library a call or send an email with questions, but we have tried to cover some of the frequently asked questions below.


What if I already use Libby?

You can completely ignore this whole transition business! Your use of Libby will not change because of this transition, so you can sit back and enjoy your online materials as normal.


Will I still be able to use Overdrive?

If you are a committed Overdrive patron, things will stay approximately the same for now. If you already have the app, it will continue to work until the owners decide to stop supporting it permanently (date unknown at this time). The app will prompt you to transfer to Libby occasionally, and we will too. All you have to do is download the Libby app to get started, and we are more than happy to help.


Am I going to lose my place in line for this hold?

We’ve all been there. You’ve been on the wait list for a book for 5 weeks, and you are not willing to risk getting bumped back to the end of the line. Currently checked out items and holds are attached to your library card number, so you will retain your items and holds as long as you use the same card number on both apps.


What about my reading history?

Sadly, Overdrive reading history will not sync to Libby automatically. However, you can export your history from Overdrive if you want to keep it.


Why isn’t Libby available on Kindle?

Amazon has not yet approved a Libby app, so Overdrive is the only option for readers using a Kindle. For this reason, Overdrive will continue to be supported on Kindle only.


Okay, wait. What is a hoopla?

Great question! hoopla is an entirely different service with similar benefits that the library also offers. This service has different content and material, so we always recommend that you download and use both hoopla and Libby!


 

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