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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
    11 months 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
    7 months ago
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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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Oct 17, 2021

    By Jessica Beckman
    This app is the only thing I ever gleefully recommend to people. Being able to check out books from the library and read or listen to them on my phone is nothing short of magical. I am not at all exaggerating when I say this app has drastically improved my quality of life. My house is even WAY cleaner now because I'm always in the middle of an audiobook so it's actually fun to pop my headphones in and start cleaning. Y'all really out here doing God's work 🥺 Also, super easy to use.
  • 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.
  • Oct 15, 2021

    By Tyler
    I really love this app, especially for audiobooks. Ebooks and print books are pretty affordable, but audiobooks can run up to 35 bucks or require a subscription service like audible that charges you quite a bit every month. This app is FREE including all content, because it is through a library card. Libby has saved me hundreds of dollars on audiobooks and the selection is quite good. Also, waiting for a digital copy makes me enjoy it more and they will just notify you once it's available.
  • 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. 💜
  • Oct 14, 2021

    By Christal White
    There is somewhat of a learning-curve if you aren't familiar with this type of library content manager app. If using more than one library card (per person), it can get confusing. Libby does offer virtual learning helps within the app though, which is helpful. But the Libby Reader needs improvement. After just a few pages in a book the highlighter/notetaker feature stopped saving. That is an important feature for me. I suggest using Kindle which has a more advanced reader.
  • 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.
  • Oct 16, 2021

    By Marty Geyer
    It's great. Hard for me to read books anymore and the audiobook app is too expensive. Plus most if only listen to once. Main downside for me is the detective mystery stories have too few male authors. And a few of the prolific women writers are very much geared to women, rather than either. (Or 'all of the above', if you prefer.) I hope more of some older works by good writers finds there way in the audio library.
  • 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.
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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.
  • 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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    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...
  • Sep 21, 2021

    By Christina Oliver Young
    In the past several months Libby has had more bugs, shuts down frequently, lock screen buttons don't work, sometimes when it shuts down it will go back to the last place it started rather than where it got cut off. Very frustrating. I have been using Libby to listen to audiobooks for several years and I'm getting more and more frustrated by how frequently these issues are coming up. Update 9.21.2021 Random shutdowns frequently today 😡
  • Oct 8, 2021

    By Sting Rae
    One of my top three most used apps on my phone. I would absolutely recommend this app to anyone. Edit:6/4/20The update has ruined this app. My audio book stops by itself every few minutes with no error message. The widget doesn't work and now the audio booo screen is difficult to navigate. Please bring back the old layout. 10/08/21 Playback issues. Once the screen times out the playback stops. I already submitted a request days ago and haven't heard back from anyone.
  • Oct 9, 2021

    By Lada Kib
    10.21 It stops playing audiobooks unless the app is open. If I check something else on my phone and don't make sure Libby is the open app on screen, my audiobook stops playing within moments. Yet I can close the app and clear it and it will autoplay in my car even when I'm not listening. The only way I've ever found to stop that from happening is to force stop. This is on Android, GS21.
  • img Community
    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
    11 months 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
    7 months ago
  • img Community

    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.
  • img Community

    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.
  • img Community

    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!
  • img Expert
    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

    Reviewed by Kaylin on July 19, 2018

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Oct 17, 2021

    By Jessica Beckman
    This app is the only thing I ever gleefully recommend to people. Being able to check out books from the library and read or listen to them on my phone is nothing short of magical. I am not at all exaggerating when I say this app has drastically improved my quality of life. My house is even WAY cleaner now because I'm always in the middle of an audiobook so it's actually fun to pop my headphones in and start cleaning. Y'all really out here doing God's work 🥺 Also, super easy to use.
  • Oct 15, 2021

    By Tyler
    I really love this app, especially for audiobooks. Ebooks and print books are pretty affordable, but audiobooks can run up to 35 bucks or require a subscription service like audible that charges you quite a bit every month. This app is FREE including all content, because it is through a library card. Libby has saved me hundreds of dollars on audiobooks and the selection is quite good. Also, waiting for a digital copy makes me enjoy it more and they will just notify you once it's available.
  • 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.
  • Oct 16, 2021

    By Marty Geyer
    It's great. Hard for me to read books anymore and the audiobook app is too expensive. Plus most if only listen to once. Main downside for me is the detective mystery stories have too few male authors. And a few of the prolific women writers are very much geared to women, rather than either. (Or 'all of the above', if you prefer.) I hope more of some older works by good writers finds there way in the audio library.
  • Libby Rating as compared to Cloud Library Aug 5, 2019

    By nkeefover
    I give Libby a 5 star rating. It was so very easy to work with, so easy to figure out. I never had to request help from the library staff. I have read more than 60 audio books using Libby App. Search is easy. Returns are automatic or if you want to return early, no problem it is a simple procedure. Hold worked without a hitch. I cannot praise this App. Enough. Port Saint Lucie Libraries has now switched us to "Cloud Library"for all audio books. I have had one problem after another with this "Cloud Library". App. First of all I cannot seem to set my setting the way I would like. I accidentally requested an e-book on this app. And couldn't figure out how to return it. It was on the app. Showing overdue for awhile, may still,be,out there somewhere. I did go to the library and try to get help, however there seems to be only one person who can help, and she had not responded to my request for help and it has been 2 weeks. And, the gentleman with whom I spoke when I went to the library tried to convince me that it was NOT possible to borrow an ebook in Cloud Library even tho I have a photo of that book indicating that it is in an overdue status. I am looking forward to the day I am asked to review "Cloud Library", I will go into more depth re: my problems working with this App.
  • Oct 15, 2021

    By James Ford
    Easy to use. I have become a user of ebooks and emagazines mosly due to this app. The prompt for the next edition of a magazine is very useful. If you have s library card this is great. A must have for any avid readers and perfect for the commute.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oct 8, 2021

    By S Reed
    10/8/21 Update Follow up from dev team providing instructions to change battery settings. The app is working fine now. 10/6/21 App stops abruptly for no apparent reason. This has been an ongoing problem for all over a year. I thought it was a streaming issue but it's not. I've downloaded files and the app still stops unexpectedly. It seems like there's a timing out issue because once I open the app, play will resume without me pressing the play button. I've already sent a copy of my log.
  • 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 .
  • Oct 14, 2021

    By Christal White
    There is somewhat of a learning-curve if you aren't familiar with this type of library content manager app. If using more than one library card (per person), it can get confusing. Libby does offer virtual learning helps within the app though, which is helpful. But the Libby Reader needs improvement. After just a few pages in a book the highlighter/notetaker feature stopped saving. That is an important feature for me. I suggest using Kindle which has a more advanced reader.
  • Oct 15, 2021

    By Emily Donegan
    I love Libby and have used it for a while now, but recently it won't allow me to download books or audiobooks when I have the space. I have also run into the app randomly closing out on me. Other than this good app.
  • Oct 8, 2021

    By Diane Plebuch
    I love libby have used it for years...until recently. I just get the action sign and a white screen. I can't get to the program so don't say go to program and ask for help. This is on my phone, I have a tablet that is fine. This is very frustrating since I listen to it on my phone.
  • Quarantine May 14, 2020

    By Softball_lex_star_14
    I really love this and I have found no problems with it yet. This allows me to go to the library during quarantine without leaving my house. I have just one problem...I wish it would let us download movie too for free. That would give it a thousand stars but also one other thing. I have put a hold on a book April 10th there were only two people ahead of me and you can only have it for a week. It is now May 14th. And I have moved up in line to one so I will get the book next. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A MONTH and it keeps saying “wait time 2 weeks” I am getting so mad about it because either there is a glitch or they are allowing this person to just keep renewing it and renewing it and I’m sooooo mad because I really want to read this book and I placed a hold on something that was 26 weeks and that book is down to 4 weeks so I should have the other book by now but I still don’t have it. You really need to change this because it is not okay that some people can just have it for that long because my guess is they barley read it, they want to read it but they read like a page a day where I can get books done IN a day. So please please please get this fixed and stop letting that person renew it so many times. Once is okay but for me to have it on hold for this long when it just keeps saying 2 more weeks is NOT okay.
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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.
  • Sep 21, 2021

    By Christina Oliver Young
    In the past several months Libby has had more bugs, shuts down frequently, lock screen buttons don't work, sometimes when it shuts down it will go back to the last place it started rather than where it got cut off. Very frustrating. I have been using Libby to listen to audiobooks for several years and I'm getting more and more frustrated by how frequently these issues are coming up. Update 9.21.2021 Random shutdowns frequently today 😡
  • 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!
  • Oct 10, 2021

    By Alicia Gay
    10/10/21: Great, until it's not. Stops and crashes whole app. This has been an ongoing issue off and on for few years. It will be fine and then the crashing starts again. Currently, it constantly stopping my audiobooks. I barely get through a couple of sentences. Extremely frustrating. Please please PLEASE fix this.
  • Oct 15, 2021

    By Natalie Franzen
    So I did like this app, however all of my tags are gone, and so there for all the books that I had tagged to read later are gone, I submitted something weeks ago with no response, kind of aggravating!!
  • UPDATE 6/6/20: new UI = argh /// (previous)Not very dependable Jun 3, 2020

    By amyc000
    Update June 3, 2020: After finally fixing stability issues from my review below, the app worked fine. I use to listen to audio books mainly. But as of today, June 3, 2020, with their latest update, I’m left perplexed. The new UI is clunky and takes 2-3 taps to do what I could do on screen before. I don’t see any benefits?? It’s not just me getting used to it. It literally takes more steps to do common actions — the exact opposite of what an updated UI should do. Argh. I love the idea of this app but it seems one step forward, two steps back every few months. ===== I use this app during my daily commute and when it works, it works fine. But about 2 out of the 5 days, I get server errors. Whether trying to check out, resume or anything on the app. Extremely frustrating not knowing if I’ll be able to read my book or if I’m locked out. It must happen a lot because on the “report error” page they even have a special message about it. How about fixing it?? I’ve also had problems with audiobooks skipping ahead and making it impossible to scrub back to where it skipped. I updated to the latest version, hoping that helped with all of the above, but it all actually seems to be worse. I can’t open or read any books on my shelf right now, as an example, the third time this week and prompting me to write this review.
  • Oct 4, 2021

    By Elesha Andrus
    The app doesn't let me listen in the background anymore. If the screen isn't on, the audio freezes so regularly it's useless to try to listen. It stops playing on regular speed, 1.15x, 1.25x, etc. I used to love this app, but something went wrong in a recent update to it!
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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...
  • Oct 8, 2021

    By Sting Rae
    One of my top three most used apps on my phone. I would absolutely recommend this app to anyone. Edit:6/4/20The update has ruined this app. My audio book stops by itself every few minutes with no error message. The widget doesn't work and now the audio booo screen is difficult to navigate. Please bring back the old layout. 10/08/21 Playback issues. Once the screen times out the playback stops. I already submitted a request days ago and haven't heard back from anyone.
  • Oct 9, 2021

    By Lada Kib
    10.21 It stops playing audiobooks unless the app is open. If I check something else on my phone and don't make sure Libby is the open app on screen, my audiobook stops playing within moments. Yet I can close the app and clear it and it will autoplay in my car even when I'm not listening. The only way I've ever found to stop that from happening is to force stop. This is on Android, GS21.
  • Oct 9, 2021

    By Ginny Haught
    My whole family enjoys using Overdrive and Libby. But Libby has developed a glitch that is annoying. It will not play if my phone screen turns off. This means I can't listen while I work anymore because my story keeps pausing. It won't even allow me to restart the audio from my lock screen. It requires me to unlock my phone and navigate to the libby app before it will start playing again....until my phone screen goes to sleep again 😑
  • Oct 1, 2021

    By Jeremy Patzer
    Now it sucks, had to delete old review, not enough characters. Unless the app is in the foreground, and the screen is not off, it stops constantly. All notifications make it pause a sec, or just stop, even if they are silenced. This app is useless if it can't work in the background with the screen off.

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