The OverDrive App is Retiring

March 17, 2023 |Mike

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It is daylight and the arms of a person are shown. The person is sitting down and they are holding a tablet. The Libby logo is displayed on the tablet.
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If you have been holding out and delaying the transition from the OverDrive app to Libby, the time has come to finally make the switch. The OverDrive app will officially be retiring on May 1st. The app wasremoved from app stores last yearand is heading into the sunset for the newer and sleeker Libby.

The Libby app by OverDrive offers many features not available in the OverDrive app, including easy set up for new users, a single bookshelf for all loans and holds, push notifications and more customizable options like Dark Mode.

Luckily, moving from the OverDrive app to Libby is easy – and we’re here to help!

Note:if you use a Kobo that allows for direct downloads, nothing is changing for you. Anyone with the legacy OverDrive for Windows or OverDrive for Mac desktop programs can continue to download audiobooks. Hurrah!

Step-by-step guide for getting set up with Libby

1.Download Libby.

2. Get your library card.

3.开利比并回答“是的”that you have a library card.

Screenshot from the Libby app. Text on the screen asks, do you have a library card. The word yes is circled.
4. You can then search for a library.

Screenshot from the Libby app. The text

5. Simply type in “toronto” and TPL will come up. You do not need to choose a branch.

Screenshot from the Libby app. A search field displays the word

6. Then press “Sign In With My Card.”

Screenshot from the Libby app. Text saying

7. Enter your card number and PIN (usually the last four numbers of your phone number).

8. Libby will then give you the option to take any books saved in an OverDrive wish list and sync them to Libby in a tag.Learn more about adding wish lists to Libby.

9. You’re done! Time to start borrowing books and placing holds. And maybe reward yourself with a cookie.

Additional resources

If something didn’t work properly or you need more help, here are some resources that might help:

  • TheLibby Helpwebsite containshelp videosthat provide detailed information on using the Libby app.
  • Upgrade to Libbyhas more information on making the switch from the OverDrive app to Libby.
  • Libby FAQscan help answer other questions you may have on the switch to Libby.
  • MonthlyGetting Started with Libbywebinars offered by OverDrive. Libby users from any library system can attend to learn how to use the app.
  • For one-on-one help from Toronto Public Library staff, you can schedule aBook-A-Librarianappointment at a local branch. We also offertech help programsat many library branches.
  • If your device is not compatible with Libby, you can still have the Libby experience