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Move from Overdrive to Libby

OverDrive is planning new and easier features for Libby! However if you currently use the OverDrive mobile app, you may have noticed some changes using the Overdrive app now. OverDrive's goal is to simplify checking out ebooks and audiobooks by only using one app instead of two. In doing so, only the Libby mobile app will be available by the end of 2022.

Because this is an adjustment for many of us, here are some frequently asked questions to help along the way.

 

Why has OverDrive decided go from OverDrive and Libby to just Libby?

OverDrive wants to make checking out ebooks and audiobooks simpler by having only one app. With Libby, they can add more features and enhancements. 

Can I still get the Overdrive app for my mobile devices?

As of February 23, the Overdrive mobile app is no longer available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Microsoft store.

Will I have to switch to Libby?

Yes, eventually. OverDrive’s goal is to have most OverDrive app users moved over to Libby by the end of 2022. We’ll keep you updated about plans and timing for officially retiring the OverDrive app and provide plenty of notice to ensure a smooth transition.

What if I already have the Overdrive app on my device?

For now, If you already have the OverDrive app (mobile or desktop) installed, you will still be able to use it without disruption and continue to access the library’s OverDrive website.

What if I have a Kindle Fire?

Right now, Libby isn't available on the Amazon Appstore. OverDrive is currently working with Amazon on this, but we have no date yet.

In the meantime, please use your Kindle Fire browser and go to libbyapp.com or hcpl.overdrive.com to access the items you have checked out.

What if I have a Nook or Kobo?

If you have a NOOK, Kobo, or similar e-reader, you can download books to a computer then use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to transfer them to your device.

 

Change can be difficult, but the ease and enhancements in Libby will make your library-on-the-go a great experience. Your local library staff are glad to help you navigate this process. You can always leave a question or comment below as well.

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