- About the OverDrive Serivce
- Meet Libby App for Apple iOS & Android
- OverDrive App for Smartphones & Tablets
- OverDrive for PC & Mac Use
OverDrive and Libby, a supplemental app powered by OverDrive, is among the library’s most popular digital service that’s free to all library cardholders. This service offers access to a collection of popular eBooks & audiobooks for you to check out on your mobile devices and take with you on-the-go.
Each cardholder may check out up to 10 titles at a time for either a 7-day or 14-day lending period. Although Wi-Fi is required to use the service and download the materials, you don’t need access to Wi-Fi to listen/hear the downloaded content. Once the loan period ends, the items will return themselves back to the collection.
View a How-To Video on Using the Meet Libby App
Written Instructions for Using Meet Libby
STEP 1: Libby is an app developed by OverDrive that makes it easy to find, borrow, and read or listen to your favorite ebooks and audiobooks. First, download the Libby app from the Apple App store.
STEP 2: When you first open the app, you’re greeted by Libby, who wants to know if you already have a library card. If you do, tap Yes. If not, you must first get a library card from any Abilene Public Library branch before being able to use this service.
STEP 3: With your library card in hand, it’s time to connect to your library. If your GPS is enabled, and you don’t mind Libby knowing your location, tap Yes, Guess My Library. Or, if you want to find the library yourself, tap I’ll Search For My Library.
STEP 4: Enter your zip code in the search bar and then tap your library when it appears. You may select any of the three Abilene Public Library locations if listed.
STEP 5: Next, Libby wants to know your primary reading preference. Tap either I’ll Mostly Read On A Kindle or I’ll Mostly Read In Libby. If you’re using a Kindle Fire, Libby is not compatible with that device. It’s preferred that you use the OverDrive App option.
STEP 6: Next, tap Sign In With My Library Card
STEP 7: Enter your library card information, and then tap Sign In.
STEP 8: With everything entered, tap Enter The Library.
STEP 9: You will see Libby’s homepage where you can tap the Libby icon...
STEP 10: To add another library or card to your account. When you’re done, tap Hide.
STEP 11: Back on the library homepage, tap Preferences, tap the underlined words, and select options to filter for the kinds of titles you want to see. When you’re done, tap Apply Preferences.
STEP 12: Now that your preferences are set, search and browse for titles. Tap a title’s image to see a description. If the title is unavailable, a bar below the title image will show its wait period. Tap the Place Hold button to reserve a copy.
STEP 13: Then tap the Place Hold! button to confirm your reservation.
STEP 14: With your hold placed, you can tap Keep Browsing to return to the homepage, tap Edit Hold, or tap the image in the middle to read a sample.
STEP 15: If a title you want to read is already available, tap the Borrow button.
STEP 16: Before borrowing the title, you can change the loan period. Tap the underlined number of days to open a dropdown menu and select the number of days you wish to have the title. Then tap the Borrow! button.
STEP 17: With the title borrowed, you can now tap Keep Browsing to return to the library homepage, tap Go to Shelf, or tap the image in the middle to start reading.
STEP 18: You can always access your holds and borrowed titles from the homepage, just tap Shelf at the bottom of the screen. The Holds tab shows the progress of your holds,...
STEP 19: And the Loans tab lists all the titles you currently have borrowed. Tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to open a title.
STEP 20: When you open an ebook, you can start reading immediately. To see extra settings, tap the center of the screen to bring up the reading interface. You can tap the menu icon...
STEP 21: To bring up tools like Search, Chapters, Bookmarks, History, Reading Settings, and Tips & Secrets. If you tap Reading Settings,...
STEP 22: You can adjust the text scale by sliding the black marker. Tap Done when the text is to your liking.
STEP 23: Tap the center of the screen to remove the Libby interface and swipe left or tap the right side of the screen to turn the digital page.
STEP 24: When you open an audiobook, you will see Libby’s audiobook interface. You can tap the dial icon to increase or decrease the reading speed, tap the moon icon to turn on a sleep timer, press and drag the circle on the timeline to skip forward or back, and press the play button to start listening.
View a How-To Video on Using the OverDrive App
Written Instructions on Using the OverDrive App
STEP 1: To start using OverDrive for Kindle Fire or an Apple device, download the OverDrive app from the App store.
STEP 2: When you first open the app, you’ll need to tap Have an account? Sign in.
STEP 3: Then tap Sign in using library card.
STEP 4: Enter the name of your library in the search box and then tap Go.
STEP 5: A list of libraries will appear below. Tap your library to continue.
STEP 6: On the next page, enter your library card information, and then tap the Sign In button.
STEP 7: Now that you’re signed in to the OverDrive app, tap Add a title.
STEP 8: The webpage version of OverDrive will open within the app, so you’ll need to sign in one more time. Tap next to the three books icon, and then tap Sign In.
STEP 9: Enter your library card number and PIN, tap Remember my card on this device, and then tap the Sign In button. Once you’ve done this you won’t need to sign in to OverDrive again on your device.
STEP 10: You can now browse for titles. When you find one that interests you, tap the title to see more information.
STEP 11: If the the title is unavailable, you can tap the Place a hold button to reserve a copy once it’s available, or tap Add to wish list to save it for later.
STEP 12: If the title is available, tap the Borrow button.
STEP 13: In the pop-up that appears, tap the Borrow for dropdown menu and select the number of days you’d like to have the title. Then, tap Borrow.
STEP 14: With the title borrowed, tap the Download EPUB eBook and the item will begin to download to your device. Remember you must be connected to Wi-Fi during this process. Once complete, you will receive a notification stating the title was added to your collection.
STEP 15: To find titles that you’ve added to your bookshelf, tap the three-line icon in the top left of the screen.
STEP 16: And then tap Bookshelf.
STEP 17: Tap a title,...
How to Use OverDrive on a PC or Mac
Using the OverDrive service has similar steps when it comes to how to search for and checkout materials. The primary difference is how you download materials to then be read/listened to on selected programs that need to be downloaded to your device.