If you’re a library power user, you’ve likely used our OverDrive collection of ebooks and eaudiobooks; maybe you even knew that you can now access the old RBDigital collection of magazines and our Kanopy collection through OverDrive as well. What you may not know, however, is that until now, OverDrive has had two mobile devices, one called OverDrive and one called Libby.
Why are we mentioning this now? It’s because the original OverDrive app for your mobile device is about to ride off into the sunset, and the Libby app for OverDrive will take over as your main way to access OverDrive on your mobile device.
We bet you have lots of questions about this, so we’ll do our best to answer them:
Q. I’ve never used the Libby app before. How can I learn more about it?
A. Lots of ways – you can watch this quick video, take a guided tour with a CPL librarian, try this tutorial, or check out the Getting Started page of the Libby Help website. When you’re ready to get started, download the Libby app from the App Store or Google Play.
Q. What’s better about Libby?
A. Where do we start?! It’s easier for new users to get started, supports multiple library cards from multiple libraries, includes push notifications so you will never miss a hold again, and has better accessibility features. Plus, it gives you easy access to the Libby Help crew – real people who can help you with your Libby questions!
Q. I use the OverDrive app all the time – when will I have to make the switch?
A. The OverDrive app will no longer be available in the App Store or Google Play by the end of this month, but will continue to work for at least a little while longer. Consider this your advanced notice to start exploring Libby and getting a feel for how it works – we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Q. Can I use Libby on my Kindle?
A. The only Amazon device that allows any Canadian access to OverDrive is the Kindle Fire, and you can access it only by going to libbyapp.com on your device’s browser. Let us know if you have questions about this – believe me, your librarians have PLENTY of opinions on it too.
Q. I don’t use my mobile device for OverDrive, I always use my computer. What does this mean for me?
A. You can still use OverDrive directly from the library’s website, or you can visit libbyapp.com to access the collection on your computer using Libby’s user-friendly interface. It’s your choice!