Written by Natalie Long, Remote Reference Librarian, Virtual Information Center, Downtown Main Library
Update on 6/29/22: The OverDrive app will be phased out in early 2023. Visit our Stream and Download page to download the Libby app. Read the recently updated frequently asked questions, opens a new window (FAQ) about the change from the maker of OverDrive and Libby.
Reading your favorite eBooks at the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library is about to get easier and more exciting. On Feb. 23 customers using OverDrive to read eBooks on their Android or iOS devices need to switch over to the new app, Libby, opens a new window.
Libby is an easy-to-use app with everything you like about OverDrive, but with even more features to explore. Libby allows for simple, customizable reading, the ability to export notes and highlights (perfect for book clubs), tags to track your favorite reads, wish lists, and more.
Stay tuned over the next 12 months as we’ll be sharing even more upgrades for customers using Libby, including adding a function for recommending titles for CHPL to buy, compatibility for PDF eBooks, and a more user-friendly layout.
Download the Libby App and Start Exploring
Libby is where you can check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines on the go with your mobile device or at home using an internet browser.
Never lose your spot as your reading progresses since loans and bookmarks sync across your devices. Take your reading adventure off the grid as Libby provides offline access, allowing you to download eBooks and audiobooks.
Frequently new features are added, such as assistive technology support including screen readers and voice control, and accessibility features allowing for large-print, lighting options, and font customizing, including OpenDyslexic.
What Happens Now If I’m Using Overdrive?
Starting on Feb. 23, the OverDrive app is no longer available to download. If you currently use OverDrive on your iOS or Android device, you need to download Libby before OverDrive is officially discontinued at the end of 2022.
There is one exception: Customers using OverDrive on a Kindle Fire device are able to download and use OverDrive throughout this year until Libby is available for these devices.
If you have questions about using Libby, Ask a Librarian, opens a new window.