Libby, by OverDrive

Libby, by OverDrive

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Discover ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines from your local library.

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    These days, there's a dearth of reading relevant literature among scores of people. Libby tries to fill this gap by not only being available 24/7, but also making it easier to find or borrow books. All that's needed is a tap. Once you own a valid library account with a participating institution, reading becomes more fun, easier and stimulating with this tool.
    img by Sharon
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    If you enjoy discovering new books and love to share your recommendations with others, this could be a very resourceful app. With more than 1,000 books featured from your local library to choose from, you will always have an exciting story to enjoy and share with others.
    img by Renu
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    If you want to travel the world or even to another universe in your 30 minutes of free time, an audiobook on your phone can be an entertaining or educational escape.
    img by Sharon
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    Your dream library shouldn't cost you $1000 or more. If you want to save money on books, then look no further than the mobile resources that will send you notifications on nearby sales, drops in prices, or help you bundle books from your favorite authors.
    img by Sharon
    1 year ago
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    Welcome to Libby…it’s awful May 18, 2022

    By paul j jacobs
    Lost functionality (hope you don’t want to check the web) far less pleasant layout and help/support that is useless even by tech’s exceedingly low standards.
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    I am passionate about Libby Sep 25, 2021

    By Frank Kolmann
    I hate Libby magazine app with a passion. Overdrive killed rbdigital and replaced it with the Libby spyware. So evil.
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    Why on earth close RB Digital for Libby? Jul 21, 2021

    By Curly James
    Worst ever app. I used to be able to automatically download (on RB Digital) all titles of magazines that I loved. Now with Libby I have to go in, select, borrow. Not only that, when I try and open a magazine it just sits there saying “downloading” and nothing happens. When it does it just freezes continuously. I just abhor this app and I dread trying to open a magazine. Sooooo frustrating and does not make for a pleasant experience. Bring back RB Digital PPPLLLEEEEEAAAASSSSEE.
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    Why does Libby give me US magazines??? May 1, 2021

    By Fedup Reader
    I have been happily using RBDigital for a long time - no problems, a good selection of UK magazines. Now it has all moved to Libby, so if I search for 'Good Housekeeping' I get the US version first, and have to scroll down for some distance to find the correct version. I AM NOT AMERICAN! - why can't we have a UK version, or better still, go back to reliable RB Digital? I am so sick of being bullied by US tech companies.
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    Libby you must be kidding? Apr 28, 2021

    By Sb
    Libby is the worst app ever sold, especially when considering that Libby has replaced RBDigital, which worked fine. I cannot understand why anyone would shut down what works and force taxpayers (the taxpayers pay for the library) to actually pay for this incompetent mess. Time to recover RBDigital and toss Libby into the closest trash can.
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    Always problems with this app Apr 22, 2021

    By SK Camper
    Every time you search for something it freezes up it loses your place where you're looking for a book to read. You set your preferences to Kindle pick a book and find out it's an audiobook. It takes like 5 minutes for it to go back to the page you were looking at it's slow as hell and it repeats books two or three times. Every time I go to Libby I brace myself for the disappointment of using it someone needs to fix this app seems like nobody cares.
  • Great App For Bookworms! Apr 6, 2022

    By Gamyack
    I love to read. And half the books I read, I don’t actually own. This app has made reading more efficient. It is more efficient to use this app then to go to a physical library. It is entirely free, with no in-app purchases. You can check out almost any book, from the comforts of home. This app works just like a normal library allowing you to place holds, and renew books. You may also pre order books, allowing you to place a hold to read a book for when it comes out. You can also sample a book. This allows you to read a small portion of the book before checking out, or placing a hold. I recommend using this app on an iPad, because the screen is much bigger. Eye strain problems can cause headaches while you read! (And it can be super annoying). You can download books for reading in places with 0 internet connection. All you need to check out a book is a internet connection, and then you can download it. You can choose to read a book you check out on the Libby app, or a Kindle. The search filters are super easy to use, and they are effective to. You can filter by the appropriate audience, format (Ebooks, Read aloud, And Audiobooks), Availability, style, Language, and Genre. You can search by Author, Title, and Series. It also will recommend you with books you may read, based on previous reads. I have been using this app for YEARS. And it has made reading 100% more efficient, and easy. If you are a very avid reader, I recommend this AMAZING App to you!
  • May 22, 2022

    By Sarah Reagan
    I have had an awesome and amazing experience, and I don't just use those mighty words lightly. I had Audible, where you Pay for the service and your options just get smaller and books are so expensive and continue to rise in price, and you get ONE book a month, and if you love reading I don't have to tell you how disappointing and frustrating that is, especially if you make a bad choice. When someone mentioned this App I was skeptical,but I'm so thrilled, it's totally free, I'm enjoyin IT,Thanx
  • Great App, Great Service Aug 1, 2020

    By AmeliaBedelia22
    Libby is an essential app for book lovers, particularly during this time when many libraries are closed to visitors. I have been using the app for several years and always been happy with it. Recently, updates to the app have made it even better—particularly the option to have a hold delivered later (useful when multiple holds come available at the same time). The app is easy to use for reading and listening on the go, but I also love the ease of sending ebooks to my Kindle when I want a larger screen. (One downside is not being able to send audiobooks to Audible, which would enable whispersync between ebook and audiobook for readers who are doing both, but I suspect that’s an issue with Amazon’s audiobook model rather than the library.) I like being able to track how long I will need to wait for a book (Libby often overestimates the wait time, which I appreciate because then I’m pleasantly surprised when the book becomes available early). I appreciate being able to link multiple library cards in one app and switch between them easily. When it comes to potential negatives for some readers (such as long wait times for popular books), it’s important to remember that those issues are just part of being a library reader rather than buying all your books—not an issue with the app itself. Go ahead and place the hold; high demand for a book often encourages public libraries to purchase additional copies (or digital licenses) for the book.
  • May 15, 2022

    By Keesha Hutchison
    Libby makes borrowing digital books, audiobooks, etc a truly fast, easy and satisfying experience. And it's all free. All you need is a library card. The ability to manage your loans, holds, notifications, etc, is a must have I wasn't even aware I needed. The audiobook player, with all its functions, is absolutely wonderful. Thank you for making it so easy to rent books and other digital content from our local library! A must-have for all readers!!!
  • Highly Recommend Libby to EVERYBODY!! Aug 16, 2021

    By Ash Sav 333
    I absolutely love Libby! This app is a fantastic source of knowledge, and all the literature I could possibly dream of. I’m grateful for finding it. With my library card, I easily gain access to the plentiful selection of books in my local library! This is wonderful in moments, especially those we’re in now, facing corona virus, but also if you cannot get to a library for any reason other than that there after. The simple curtesy of lending goes far too unnoticed these days and this was such a creative idea to bring our library’s into our homes! I highly recommend this app to all who loves to read, and for those who intend to put the book back on the shelf when finished. I love that there are audiobook’s as well! This is highly appealing and makes it easier to get through books quickly but also for those with children AND for children— Essentially those that are too busy to read. I am able to play the audio and the book is read aloud to me making me able to do my work, housework, and even shower while listening! Thank you to the developers of Libby and the team who made this possible!! I am so happy that this app was made in an easy to use format and accessible to everyone!! From the simple appealing layout to the easy accessibility and attention put into detail, this app was clearly well thought out and I could tell!
  • May 16, 2022

    By Timur Tabi
    I use Libby to listen to audiobooks in my car. The app itself works fine. I wish I could customize the app behavior more, but it is what it is. What really bothers me, though, is the broken Android Auto support. Half the time I connect my phone to my car, Libby apparently has no idea that I have an audio book downloaded. I can open the Libby app on my car's receiver, but it shows no audio book available. The only way to fix that is to disconnect and reconnect the USB cable. I've had this problem in two different cars, so it's not my car -- it's just Libby.
  • Love! Sep 29, 2020

    By xjustindrewbieber
    I think it's so cool how you can use this with your library card. This is my go to reading app! I just wish it was available for NOOK tablets. Kind of an old device, but it's sort of a drag to read a book on overdrive and it not be synced up with my libby app therefore it wasn't tracking my reading time. Other than that, love it. Some people are complaining on here that they have to wait 5 months for a book or so... can't you find a book that isn't super popular right now and put a hold on what you want? That's how you discover really good books. Patience and curiosity. I find it super annoying/entitled that people are saying this because eventually it will be your turn, just have patience and read something else. If you want it that bad, buy it 🙄. It's not libby's fault and I think it's also unfair to assume someone isn't reading a book because they're taking their time with it. There are plenty of books out there chill out. I however do think there should be a system though where it detects if a book has been opened frequently or not so then people who do need a book for school or something can get it because its much more needed by them obviously. The reason this is my favorite reading app is because of the synchronization aspect and that it can track your reading time. You can disable that, but personally, its why I love Libby the most. 💜
  • Perfect Sep 5, 2021

    By Jenniferdd
    I’ve listened to podcasts for years but have recently had difficulty finding the quality of content I used to be able to easily find. So grateful I found this app when I did, as there is no end to the amount of quality (audio) books in a library. Thank you so much! UPDATE 9/5/22 I still love & cannot live without it, but PLEASE fix whatever has happened (I assume on last update?) with the tags. It used to be so easy to add/create/manage tags, and now it’s just awful. I can’t for the life of me figure out why you’d change it. I am not stupid, but pretty much have to go to the help section to get instructions to remind me now how to do it. In addition, I had a list of probably 20-30 books tagged as “want to read,” that just disappeared. I’ve tried to recreate this tag/list now 4 times, and every time my phone turns off, it logs me out of the app and in turn, erases my created tags/list. THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING!! I do not want to hog books & be forced to check them out and then sit on them while I finish others just b/c I cannot depend on my saving of it to a “want to read” list. ALSO, if it’s going to log me out every time my phone shuts off, then PLEASE make it where you can scan your library card to login rather than having to drag the card out, and type in all the numbers. Other than those glitches, I truly love the app.
  • Fantastic App! Actually free and everything that they advertise Mar 9, 2021

    By don Remke
    I started using this app because it said that I could borrow for free if I had a library card. I didn’t have one, but after putting my address and email in I was given access through my local library. Since then I have finished 9 books and dont plan on stopping. The app is super easy to use, the loans are very easy to renew if I do go over the 21 day period, and I really enjoy the feature that gives definitions or translations to words and phrases that you highlight in the book. I dont have a Kindle but it offers the option to borrow the book on a Kindle device, I just read on my phone and have had zero issues. I tried an audiobook and they seem to work well, they are less available than the ebooks which is why i dont usually use them. The only complaint I have, and maybe this is just the series that I am reading, but the Books in Series search could be improved, it seems cluttered with a bunch of different versions of the same books and not always in order. To be fair, i am reading the Agatha Christie books and theyve been republished a hundred different ways so maybe im just working with a difficult series. Either way, fantastic app, happy as can be with it, if you want to read ebooks then this app is perfect for you.
  • Convert from OverDrive Mar 6, 2020

    By CleanUI
    Finally I have switched from OverDrive to Libby. I loved the simplicity of OverDrive but eventually Libby’s overall better usability won me over. Libby is a must-have app for any avid reader/audiobook listener. I loved the recent addition of the feature of delivering later, very convenient for those of us who place holds on multiple books since it is difficult to predict when a book will indeed be available. This likely will shorten the overall wait for everyone in the waiting list. I also very much appreciate the ability to view a history of my search terms and it seems to search across all my libraries (significantly improved over OverDrive), although Libby does not clearly indicate whether it does search across libraries. This could perhaps be improved. I would have given a 4.5 rating but there is option for half points. A few improvements are desired. For one, it is never clear to me which direction my finger should slide to forward/rewind, and I often do the opposite, hence taking more time due to the confusion. It would be much better to have clearly indicated rewind/forward direction, e.g., those 15 sec rewind/forward buttons in OverDrive. Another suggestion is to make it easier to access the book details for books on my shelf. Right now ”view title details” is buried several menu clicks deep. I still use OverDrive to recommend books that my libraries don’t have — would be great to be able to do this in Libby.
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    Welcome to Libby…it’s awful May 18, 2022

    By paul j jacobs
    Lost functionality (hope you don’t want to check the web) far less pleasant layout and help/support that is useless even by tech’s exceedingly low standards.
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    I am passionate about Libby Sep 25, 2021

    By Frank Kolmann
    I hate Libby magazine app with a passion. Overdrive killed rbdigital and replaced it with the Libby spyware. So evil.
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    Why on earth close RB Digital for Libby? Jul 21, 2021

    By Curly James
    Worst ever app. I used to be able to automatically download (on RB Digital) all titles of magazines that I loved. Now with Libby I have to go in, select, borrow. Not only that, when I try and open a magazine it just sits there saying “downloading” and nothing happens. When it does it just freezes continuously. I just abhor this app and I dread trying to open a magazine. Sooooo frustrating and does not make for a pleasant experience. Bring back RB Digital PPPLLLEEEEEAAAASSSSEE.
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    Why does Libby give me US magazines??? May 1, 2021

    By Fedup Reader
    I have been happily using RBDigital for a long time - no problems, a good selection of UK magazines. Now it has all moved to Libby, so if I search for 'Good Housekeeping' I get the US version first, and have to scroll down for some distance to find the correct version. I AM NOT AMERICAN! - why can't we have a UK version, or better still, go back to reliable RB Digital? I am so sick of being bullied by US tech companies.
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    Libby you must be kidding? Apr 28, 2021

    By Sb
    Libby is the worst app ever sold, especially when considering that Libby has replaced RBDigital, which worked fine. I cannot understand why anyone would shut down what works and force taxpayers (the taxpayers pay for the library) to actually pay for this incompetent mess. Time to recover RBDigital and toss Libby into the closest trash can.
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    Always problems with this app Apr 22, 2021

    By SK Camper
    Every time you search for something it freezes up it loses your place where you're looking for a book to read. You set your preferences to Kindle pick a book and find out it's an audiobook. It takes like 5 minutes for it to go back to the page you were looking at it's slow as hell and it repeats books two or three times. Every time I go to Libby I brace myself for the disappointment of using it someone needs to fix this app seems like nobody cares.
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    Constantly Freezing, Few Book Options. Feb 3, 2021

    By Heather M Garcia
    This app is terrible. It's constantly freezing, which really sucks. Especially in the middle of reading an exciting scene, and you try to change the page, and NOTHING happens. There also are very many book options. They will have 1 book out of a series, and it is usually the 3rd or 4th one. Makes to freaking sense! Go back to R & B Digital!
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    Libby Audiobooks Skip Chapters - Why ?! TERRIBLE APP ! GO BACK TO OVERDRIVE UNTIL LIBBY GETS FIXED Jan 21, 2021

    By Roger U
    I listen to audiobooks from the library a lot. Cloud Library, RB Digital, Overdrive, etc. and our library switched to Libby now and I HATE IT ! Seems like EVERY book skips around when chapters should be IN ORDER ! This latest one jumped from chapter 4 to 11 then 14 to 16, it is a HUGE PAIN and ruins the whole thing. No othe app had such a problem. Thankfully for now Overdrive still works so I'll use that instead. Libby should get ZERO stars. I'm listening on a PC computer...
  • May 19, 2022

    By Laci Hansen
    This app has constant problems! I have emailed for help many times and nothing's been fixed. It skips forward a free seconds and or becomes distorted (which is very loud if using a Bluetooth speaker), it randomly plays parts from other audiobooks, and almost always takes forever to play once I've pushed the play button, if it starts at all. Not to mention this app is set up weird, if I push the back button it doesn't take me back to the previous page.
  • May 14, 2022

    By D A
    Frustrating. I use this on a Chromebook. Ever since Overdrive started pushing this thing, I've hated it. A dumbed down version of Overdrive, the best website program for searching thru on line public library titles. Looking for something on Libby is awful. It's slow. It seems to forget my preferences for what I want and the reader is not great either. BLAH! It is supposed to have multi device sync but it sux too. It forgets my libraries. It makes me repeatedly log in and reload card data. UGH
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    These days, there's a dearth of reading relevant literature among scores of people. Libby tries to fill this gap by not only being available 24/7, but also making it easier to find or borrow books. All that's needed is a tap. Once you own a valid library account with a participating institution, reading becomes more fun, easier and stimulating with this tool.
    img by Sharon
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    If you enjoy discovering new books and love to share your recommendations with others, this could be a very resourceful app. With more than 1,000 books featured from your local library to choose from, you will always have an exciting story to enjoy and share with others.
    img by Renu
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    If you want to travel the world or even to another universe in your 30 minutes of free time, an audiobook on your phone can be an entertaining or educational escape.
    img by Sharon
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    Your dream library shouldn't cost you $1000 or more. If you want to save money on books, then look no further than the mobile resources that will send you notifications on nearby sales, drops in prices, or help you bundle books from your favorite authors.
    img by Sharon
    1 year ago
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    Welcome to Libby…it’s awful May 18, 2022

    By paul j jacobs
    Lost functionality (hope you don’t want to check the web) far less pleasant layout and help/support that is useless even by tech’s exceedingly low standards.
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    I am passionate about Libby Sep 25, 2021

    By Frank Kolmann
    I hate Libby magazine app with a passion. Overdrive killed rbdigital and replaced it with the Libby spyware. So evil.
  • img Community

    Why on earth close RB Digital for Libby? Jul 21, 2021

    By Curly James
    Worst ever app. I used to be able to automatically download (on RB Digital) all titles of magazines that I loved. Now with Libby I have to go in, select, borrow. Not only that, when I try and open a magazine it just sits there saying “downloading” and nothing happens. When it does it just freezes continuously. I just abhor this app and I dread trying to open a magazine. Sooooo frustrating and does not make for a pleasant experience. Bring back RB Digital PPPLLLEEEEEAAAASSSSEE.
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    Why does Libby give me US magazines??? May 1, 2021

    By Fedup Reader
    I have been happily using RBDigital for a long time - no problems, a good selection of UK magazines. Now it has all moved to Libby, so if I search for 'Good Housekeeping' I get the US version first, and have to scroll down for some distance to find the correct version. I AM NOT AMERICAN! - why can't we have a UK version, or better still, go back to reliable RB Digital? I am so sick of being bullied by US tech companies.
  • img Community

    Libby you must be kidding? Apr 28, 2021

    By Sb
    Libby is the worst app ever sold, especially when considering that Libby has replaced RBDigital, which worked fine. I cannot understand why anyone would shut down what works and force taxpayers (the taxpayers pay for the library) to actually pay for this incompetent mess. Time to recover RBDigital and toss Libby into the closest trash can.
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    Always problems with this app Apr 22, 2021

    By SK Camper
    Every time you search for something it freezes up it loses your place where you're looking for a book to read. You set your preferences to Kindle pick a book and find out it's an audiobook. It takes like 5 minutes for it to go back to the page you were looking at it's slow as hell and it repeats books two or three times. Every time I go to Libby I brace myself for the disappointment of using it someone needs to fix this app seems like nobody cares.
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    1. Library visits for the 21st century! Discover ebooks and audiobooks from your local library, and check them out without ever leaving your home
    2. The perfect way to preview! Sample any book with a tap, no check-out required
    3. Loans, holds, reading positions, bookmarks and notes are synchronized automatically across all your registered LIbby devices
  • Great App For Bookworms! Apr 6, 2022

    By Gamyack
    I love to read. And half the books I read, I don’t actually own. This app has made reading more efficient. It is more efficient to use this app then to go to a physical library. It is entirely free, with no in-app purchases. You can check out almost any book, from the comforts of home. This app works just like a normal library allowing you to place holds, and renew books. You may also pre order books, allowing you to place a hold to read a book for when it comes out. You can also sample a book. This allows you to read a small portion of the book before checking out, or placing a hold. I recommend using this app on an iPad, because the screen is much bigger. Eye strain problems can cause headaches while you read! (And it can be super annoying). You can download books for reading in places with 0 internet connection. All you need to check out a book is a internet connection, and then you can download it. You can choose to read a book you check out on the Libby app, or a Kindle. The search filters are super easy to use, and they are effective to. You can filter by the appropriate audience, format (Ebooks, Read aloud, And Audiobooks), Availability, style, Language, and Genre. You can search by Author, Title, and Series. It also will recommend you with books you may read, based on previous reads. I have been using this app for YEARS. And it has made reading 100% more efficient, and easy. If you are a very avid reader, I recommend this AMAZING App to you!
  • May 22, 2022

    By Sarah Reagan
    I have had an awesome and amazing experience, and I don't just use those mighty words lightly. I had Audible, where you Pay for the service and your options just get smaller and books are so expensive and continue to rise in price, and you get ONE book a month, and if you love reading I don't have to tell you how disappointing and frustrating that is, especially if you make a bad choice. When someone mentioned this App I was skeptical,but I'm so thrilled, it's totally free, I'm enjoyin IT,Thanx
  • Great App, Great Service Aug 1, 2020

    By AmeliaBedelia22
    Libby is an essential app for book lovers, particularly during this time when many libraries are closed to visitors. I have been using the app for several years and always been happy with it. Recently, updates to the app have made it even better—particularly the option to have a hold delivered later (useful when multiple holds come available at the same time). The app is easy to use for reading and listening on the go, but I also love the ease of sending ebooks to my Kindle when I want a larger screen. (One downside is not being able to send audiobooks to Audible, which would enable whispersync between ebook and audiobook for readers who are doing both, but I suspect that’s an issue with Amazon’s audiobook model rather than the library.) I like being able to track how long I will need to wait for a book (Libby often overestimates the wait time, which I appreciate because then I’m pleasantly surprised when the book becomes available early). I appreciate being able to link multiple library cards in one app and switch between them easily. When it comes to potential negatives for some readers (such as long wait times for popular books), it’s important to remember that those issues are just part of being a library reader rather than buying all your books—not an issue with the app itself. Go ahead and place the hold; high demand for a book often encourages public libraries to purchase additional copies (or digital licenses) for the book.
  • May 15, 2022

    By Keesha Hutchison
    Libby makes borrowing digital books, audiobooks, etc a truly fast, easy and satisfying experience. And it's all free. All you need is a library card. The ability to manage your loans, holds, notifications, etc, is a must have I wasn't even aware I needed. The audiobook player, with all its functions, is absolutely wonderful. Thank you for making it so easy to rent books and other digital content from our local library! A must-have for all readers!!!
  • Highly Recommend Libby to EVERYBODY!! Aug 16, 2021

    By Ash Sav 333
    I absolutely love Libby! This app is a fantastic source of knowledge, and all the literature I could possibly dream of. I’m grateful for finding it. With my library card, I easily gain access to the plentiful selection of books in my local library! This is wonderful in moments, especially those we’re in now, facing corona virus, but also if you cannot get to a library for any reason other than that there after. The simple curtesy of lending goes far too unnoticed these days and this was such a creative idea to bring our library’s into our homes! I highly recommend this app to all who loves to read, and for those who intend to put the book back on the shelf when finished. I love that there are audiobook’s as well! This is highly appealing and makes it easier to get through books quickly but also for those with children AND for children— Essentially those that are too busy to read. I am able to play the audio and the book is read aloud to me making me able to do my work, housework, and even shower while listening! Thank you to the developers of Libby and the team who made this possible!! I am so happy that this app was made in an easy to use format and accessible to everyone!! From the simple appealing layout to the easy accessibility and attention put into detail, this app was clearly well thought out and I could tell!
  • Love! Sep 29, 2020

    By xjustindrewbieber
    I think it's so cool how you can use this with your library card. This is my go to reading app! I just wish it was available for NOOK tablets. Kind of an old device, but it's sort of a drag to read a book on overdrive and it not be synced up with my libby app therefore it wasn't tracking my reading time. Other than that, love it. Some people are complaining on here that they have to wait 5 months for a book or so... can't you find a book that isn't super popular right now and put a hold on what you want? That's how you discover really good books. Patience and curiosity. I find it super annoying/entitled that people are saying this because eventually it will be your turn, just have patience and read something else. If you want it that bad, buy it 🙄. It's not libby's fault and I think it's also unfair to assume someone isn't reading a book because they're taking their time with it. There are plenty of books out there chill out. I however do think there should be a system though where it detects if a book has been opened frequently or not so then people who do need a book for school or something can get it because its much more needed by them obviously. The reason this is my favorite reading app is because of the synchronization aspect and that it can track your reading time. You can disable that, but personally, its why I love Libby the most. 💜
  • Perfect Sep 5, 2021

    By Jenniferdd
    I’ve listened to podcasts for years but have recently had difficulty finding the quality of content I used to be able to easily find. So grateful I found this app when I did, as there is no end to the amount of quality (audio) books in a library. Thank you so much! UPDATE 9/5/22 I still love & cannot live without it, but PLEASE fix whatever has happened (I assume on last update?) with the tags. It used to be so easy to add/create/manage tags, and now it’s just awful. I can’t for the life of me figure out why you’d change it. I am not stupid, but pretty much have to go to the help section to get instructions to remind me now how to do it. In addition, I had a list of probably 20-30 books tagged as “want to read,” that just disappeared. I’ve tried to recreate this tag/list now 4 times, and every time my phone turns off, it logs me out of the app and in turn, erases my created tags/list. THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING!! I do not want to hog books & be forced to check them out and then sit on them while I finish others just b/c I cannot depend on my saving of it to a “want to read” list. ALSO, if it’s going to log me out every time my phone shuts off, then PLEASE make it where you can scan your library card to login rather than having to drag the card out, and type in all the numbers. Other than those glitches, I truly love the app.
  • Fantastic App! Actually free and everything that they advertise Mar 9, 2021

    By don Remke
    I started using this app because it said that I could borrow for free if I had a library card. I didn’t have one, but after putting my address and email in I was given access through my local library. Since then I have finished 9 books and dont plan on stopping. The app is super easy to use, the loans are very easy to renew if I do go over the 21 day period, and I really enjoy the feature that gives definitions or translations to words and phrases that you highlight in the book. I dont have a Kindle but it offers the option to borrow the book on a Kindle device, I just read on my phone and have had zero issues. I tried an audiobook and they seem to work well, they are less available than the ebooks which is why i dont usually use them. The only complaint I have, and maybe this is just the series that I am reading, but the Books in Series search could be improved, it seems cluttered with a bunch of different versions of the same books and not always in order. To be fair, i am reading the Agatha Christie books and theyve been republished a hundred different ways so maybe im just working with a difficult series. Either way, fantastic app, happy as can be with it, if you want to read ebooks then this app is perfect for you.
  • May 13, 2022

    By Louise Hamlin
    Great app! Makes borrowing e-books from the library easier than ever before. I wish the Maine State Library System would go back to using Overdrive now that Libby makes it so much easier. Update: Still so pleased with this app and recommend it to all avid readers. I use it because it means I can borrow and read library books on a device that uses e-ink and doesn't run apps (Kindle Paperwhite). I don't read books on computer and phone screens! Update 5/13/22: Still one of my most essential apps!
  • Free is the BEST!! May 12, 2022

    By Torifn
    I have been using the Public Library apps for so many years now, first OverDrive and then Libby. I realized that I don’t re-read or re-listen to most books I read. So I reserve my audible account and credits to buy only certain series of books that I love and have already read or listened to multiple times. The Library has a fairly good selection and if you reserve books you want to read they will automatically check out when it’s your turn. It’s a pretty awesome system to get access to for free and I highly recommend it. One thing I discovered is that the local library systems have agreements with each other to allow you to sign up for more than one library card from neighboring counties. I have 3 active library cards which makes it so I have three different collections to view and borrow from. The DC Public Library has different books then Fairfax County or Shenandoah County so if I am listening to a series and DC does not have Book 3 available I can check in Fairfax or Shenandoah Counties. I highly recommend signing up for library cards in the city or towns surrounding your own. Some jurisdictions ask you to pay $20 for the year for a “reciprocal” account but I have not been asked to pay anything because I work in DC and my parents live in Shenandoah County.
  • Convert from OverDrive Mar 6, 2020

    By CleanUI
    Finally I have switched from OverDrive to Libby. I loved the simplicity of OverDrive but eventually Libby’s overall better usability won me over. Libby is a must-have app for any avid reader/audiobook listener. I loved the recent addition of the feature of delivering later, very convenient for those of us who place holds on multiple books since it is difficult to predict when a book will indeed be available. This likely will shorten the overall wait for everyone in the waiting list. I also very much appreciate the ability to view a history of my search terms and it seems to search across all my libraries (significantly improved over OverDrive), although Libby does not clearly indicate whether it does search across libraries. This could perhaps be improved. I would have given a 4.5 rating but there is option for half points. A few improvements are desired. For one, it is never clear to me which direction my finger should slide to forward/rewind, and I often do the opposite, hence taking more time due to the confusion. It would be much better to have clearly indicated rewind/forward direction, e.g., those 15 sec rewind/forward buttons in OverDrive. Another suggestion is to make it easier to access the book details for books on my shelf. Right now ”view title details” is buried several menu clicks deep. I still use OverDrive to recommend books that my libraries don’t have — would be great to be able to do this in Libby.
  • Fantastic interface Feb 17, 2019

    By Phaikfancy
    I’ve only browsed one ebook sample but have listened to several audiobooks and the interface is leaps and bounds better than Hoopla and OverDrive. Cons: I’d give it a 5th star if the sleep timer for audiobooks had more than the 30 minute option (custom timer would be best along with 15 minute intervals up to an hour, then 30 minute intervals thereafter), the UI colors could be customized (at the least a dark mode, but I’d also like to change the blurred background color for audiobooks while in landscape mode), and I could customize my library card color tags/icons? (a minor gripe but two of my cards are too similar in color). I’m also not a fan of the settings menu but I can’t put my finger on why right now... Pros: The book layout is great (Hoopla doesn’t even do landscape or two page mode🤬). As a whole, the Libby interface puts books at your fingertips quickly and offers a sleek & modern yet minimalist design that appeals to the eyes. The sort/refine/preferences works well although an ability to sort series by order in the series both ascending and descending is missing. The ability to sync Libby across multiple devices is FANTASTIC (again, looking at you Hoopla) and saves the hassle of logging in on each device and manually downloading each book (again, Hoopla, sup?). The audio/book sample feature (Hoopla comeon!) is conveniently placed, as is the book sample, review, and jacket information.
  • May 7, 2022

    By S Sinha
    For the most part, a great app for virtual lending. Easy to add books, search, and borrow. Fairly seamless process to open digital books in app or through Kindle. The audiobook function could use a little tweaking - marking how much is read by date isn't an automated process right now. Also wish we could sort audiobooks by duration. The tag feature doesn't sync between devices, but that's not a big deal for me.
  • Any book . . . Nov 28, 2020

    By Inisfree2014
    The way I use audiobooks is to acquire the book (via library or purchase) and then go to Libby or OverDrive and “borrow” the exact audiobook. Then, I read along in the book while listening to the audiobook. Advantage: I remain focused longer. Words or phrases in a foreign language are pronounced correctly and usually with appropriate accent. And most important, I move right along and finish the book much quicker than otherwise. This allows me to “read” many more books. Another advantage, if the book is read by the author, that’s an “extra.” You feel like you are sitting in their private library, next to their fireplace and having a private audience. It’s very personal. To me, this way of combining both the text and the audiobook book, I get the best of both worlds. When I listen to just the audiobook alone, I find myself drifting and losing my concentration. With the book in front of me and reading along, I remain enthusiastically involved. Say I want to hear or read a sentence or paragraph again - just hit the 15 second repeat button - Voila! Two examples: “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series. EXCELLENT! All those Swedish addresses and names of places. Second example, any book with necessary minutia such as Ron Chernow’s, “Hamilton.” Both of these books are wonderful on audiobooks. Worked for me! Try it! You might like it . . .
  • Horrible changes . Pls reevaluate. No longer will I or friends endorse Libby. Sorry to leave. Apr 7, 2021

    By Back Porch Reader
    There seems to be a robust review which I will likely delete Libby as my choice to read and go back to Overdrive. It seems s constantly alerting me on on how many are waiting, yet I have supported my libraries substantially for years, and this is “ in your face” . I often return earlier but yet when I miss a book, I wait full length of time as I have observed very, very few return books early. I do not care for your recent changes at all. Sorry this app has gotten much too invasive. Can no longer enjoy a right to enjoy books after my donations and giving untold numbers of books to libraries. I ask for nothing but a pleasurable experience and “ Libby” has ruined that. Sorry you must do better as all of my friends are voicing same concerns. No one likes your overhaul. Why don’t you consider we pay taxes to fund libraries and many give above that amount. It is insult to see how many are reading books to rush us and I’ve even returned without even reading. I wait full time with no one returning earlier than 14 days, and I return promptly. It is over for me. Sorry. You gone opposite and donations will also be halting. Sorry but too much is too much in your face. I’m very kind but this last change has irritated me .
  • May 16, 2022

    By Timur Tabi
    I use Libby to listen to audiobooks in my car. The app itself works fine. I wish I could customize the app behavior more, but it is what it is. What really bothers me, though, is the broken Android Auto support. Half the time I connect my phone to my car, Libby apparently has no idea that I have an audio book downloaded. I can open the Libby app on my car's receiver, but it shows no audio book available. The only way to fix that is to disconnect and reconnect the USB cable. I've had this problem in two different cars, so it's not my car -- it's just Libby.
  • May 7, 2022

    By Ken Reinhart
    Confusing, not user friendly. Don't like user experience. Not clear when books are usable or ready. Have some on hold. Next thing is not available. Don't like the symbols icons. I guess clock means books I'm waiting for. Building means books you don't want. And 3 lines means how many libraries do you have access to. Good part is, when a book is already available, I can chose the playback speed. Meh.
  • Mar 21, 2022

    By Laura Bender
    I love having lots of books and audio books available for free without having to go to the library. I use this app a lot. I am a little frustrated though because it seems after the last update I have begun having problems while listening to audio books. It frequently crashes or just stops playing. Most times I unlock the screen and it starts playing again automatically. Sometimes I have to actually hit play. Would be 5 stars if it didn't have issues.
  • Apr 13, 2022

    By Peggy Grimes
    I use this app to listen to audio books from the library. It is easier to use than the old way of downloading to my computer and then transferring to my Android phone but it really doesn't play well with Android. Right now it has a bug that is SO frustrating! Every time I get a phone call or text or notification the player comes back on but pauses every minute or so after it starts back up. Have to close the app and restart or restart the phone each time. Reported on app but not fixed 3 months.
  • Mar 31, 2022

    By Cindy Smith
    Great idea, needs some work. I love listening to books while I drive, and during my down time at work. One of the biggest problems with this app is when I pause the book, if a notification comes through on my phone, it starts playing again. So if I want to keep my place I have to bookmark every time I pause, or just close out the app completely. It's pretty frustrating.
  • Great—until it isn’t Mar 9, 2022

    By fudbrveiwneieirotnf
    I have been a faithful user of OverDrive for years and years, and I transferred that joy and faithfulness to Libby several years ago. After all, how much better can it get than bringing my library’s electronic books and audiobooks to me? All in one place? I love the ease of use and the way it can store several library cards at once. I was hoping they would add a feature to allow for searching across multiple libraries at once, but in the meantime I found good workarounds. I kept all my lists and tags there and had quite a history built up, with records of what I have read and an extensive wish list: loved it! Then a few weeks ago, for no reason, Libby kicked me off and deleted all my library cards (and years and years of tags and reading history records with it). I had to re-add all my library cards from scratch. I reached out to customer support and they said that this is a known problem and the only solutions are to either have the app and all records across multiple devices (so I have to buy a new device just for that?) or to export my tag list. This is a KNOWN problem with no solution. And all my history and records are gone, and I don’t know that they can be rebuilt. Bottom line: I still love the app design and usability and it is as great as ever…until it’s not and you lose everything.
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    Always problems with this app Apr 22, 2021

    By SK Camper
    Every time you search for something it freezes up it loses your place where you're looking for a book to read. You set your preferences to Kindle pick a book and find out it's an audiobook. It takes like 5 minutes for it to go back to the page you were looking at it's slow as hell and it repeats books two or three times. Every time I go to Libby I brace myself for the disappointment of using it someone needs to fix this app seems like nobody cares.
  • Irritating UI Mar 4, 2021

    By ubw2k
    My library just switched from RBDigital to Libby. First off, I was disappointed there was not a way to import my existing subscriptions / lists. Next, the browsing feature is maddening: books and single-issue publications are mixed in with periodicals. Making matters worse, after ~10 screens the entire list automatically “refreshes” for no reason — I was still reviewing results of my original search — and auto-scrolls back to the TOP of the list. Oh joy, now I get to try to remember which items I’ve already tagged as I scroll past them all again. Really annoying and error-prone. Then, when borrowing and beginning to read an item there are LONG delays when trying to flip past the first page. But don’t worry, the app “helpfully” remembers all your attempted page turns while it’s stalled... so when the new pages are FINALLY downloaded it rapidly executes ALL those page flips you thought it was missing...and you’re suddenly on page 13! Really dumb. And then if you happen to power off while zoomed in on a particular page... surprise! you’re on a completely different (random?)page when you power back on. Suffice to say, I see MUCH room for improvement, and much preferred RBDigital. But I must use what my library has chosen. And it does “work” (to a low standard) for reading periodicals from the comfort of my home... so I’m grateful for that. I hope the developers will improve the app. It can be so much better!
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    Welcome to Libby…it’s awful May 18, 2022

    By paul j jacobs
    Lost functionality (hope you don’t want to check the web) far less pleasant layout and help/support that is useless even by tech’s exceedingly low standards.
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    I am passionate about Libby Sep 25, 2021

    By Frank Kolmann
    I hate Libby magazine app with a passion. Overdrive killed rbdigital and replaced it with the Libby spyware. So evil.
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    Why on earth close RB Digital for Libby? Jul 21, 2021

    By Curly James
    Worst ever app. I used to be able to automatically download (on RB Digital) all titles of magazines that I loved. Now with Libby I have to go in, select, borrow. Not only that, when I try and open a magazine it just sits there saying “downloading” and nothing happens. When it does it just freezes continuously. I just abhor this app and I dread trying to open a magazine. Sooooo frustrating and does not make for a pleasant experience. Bring back RB Digital PPPLLLEEEEEAAAASSSSEE.
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    Why does Libby give me US magazines??? May 1, 2021

    By Fedup Reader
    I have been happily using RBDigital for a long time - no problems, a good selection of UK magazines. Now it has all moved to Libby, so if I search for 'Good Housekeeping' I get the US version first, and have to scroll down for some distance to find the correct version. I AM NOT AMERICAN! - why can't we have a UK version, or better still, go back to reliable RB Digital? I am so sick of being bullied by US tech companies.
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    Libby you must be kidding? Apr 28, 2021

    By Sb
    Libby is the worst app ever sold, especially when considering that Libby has replaced RBDigital, which worked fine. I cannot understand why anyone would shut down what works and force taxpayers (the taxpayers pay for the library) to actually pay for this incompetent mess. Time to recover RBDigital and toss Libby into the closest trash can.
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    Constantly Freezing, Few Book Options. Feb 3, 2021

    By Heather M Garcia
    This app is terrible. It's constantly freezing, which really sucks. Especially in the middle of reading an exciting scene, and you try to change the page, and NOTHING happens. There also are very many book options. They will have 1 book out of a series, and it is usually the 3rd or 4th one. Makes to freaking sense! Go back to R & B Digital!
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    Libby Audiobooks Skip Chapters - Why ?! TERRIBLE APP ! GO BACK TO OVERDRIVE UNTIL LIBBY GETS FIXED Jan 21, 2021

    By Roger U
    I listen to audiobooks from the library a lot. Cloud Library, RB Digital, Overdrive, etc. and our library switched to Libby now and I HATE IT ! Seems like EVERY book skips around when chapters should be IN ORDER ! This latest one jumped from chapter 4 to 11 then 14 to 16, it is a HUGE PAIN and ruins the whole thing. No othe app had such a problem. Thankfully for now Overdrive still works so I'll use that instead. Libby should get ZERO stars. I'm listening on a PC computer...
  • May 19, 2022

    By Laci Hansen
    This app has constant problems! I have emailed for help many times and nothing's been fixed. It skips forward a free seconds and or becomes distorted (which is very loud if using a Bluetooth speaker), it randomly plays parts from other audiobooks, and almost always takes forever to play once I've pushed the play button, if it starts at all. Not to mention this app is set up weird, if I push the back button it doesn't take me back to the previous page.
  • May 14, 2022

    By D A
    Frustrating. I use this on a Chromebook. Ever since Overdrive started pushing this thing, I've hated it. A dumbed down version of Overdrive, the best website program for searching thru on line public library titles. Looking for something on Libby is awful. It's slow. It seems to forget my preferences for what I want and the reader is not great either. BLAH! It is supposed to have multi device sync but it sux too. It forgets my libraries. It makes me repeatedly log in and reload card data. UGH
  • May 18, 2022

    By Carl Holz
    I've enjoyed this app a lot, but lately when I open an audiobook I lose control of the app. The audiobook will keep playing, but I can't pause it, or change my place in it. Sometimes even closing the app doesn't stop it playing for a couple of lines of text. It's incredibly frustrating.

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