Using the Libby App

Libby has so many wonderful features for you to explore! This page will go over some of the most important and basics. 


Use the "Explore" Option: 


Using the Explore option at the top of the library homepage lets you quickly navigate to the Kids/Teen pages, search by genre (subject), and see what's popular! 
Explore Button on Libby with Arrow

Set Preferences: 


Click on "Preferences" at the top of the library homepage to choose what you want to see on Libby. For example, choose ebook or audiobook for your Format. If you want to read on your Kindle, be sure to change Libby to Kindle under Compatibility. ¡Use the language preference to find books in Spanish! You must click Apply Preferences for anything to be changed. 
Preferences Button on Libby with Arrow 
OverDrive-en-Espanol

Searching on Libby: 


Look at the very top of the screen and to the left. You'll see the magnifying glass. Click it and start typing the book/series title or author. Suggestions will be provided by Libby - unfortunately, this does not mean that the library owns that title. You can borrow or place the book on hold from the results page! 

Get back to the homepage by clicking the word "Library" at the bottom left of the screen. 

How to borrow titles through Libby: 


It is very easy to borrow a book from Libby!
  1. Find the book you want to borrow. 
  2. If the book is available to borrow click Borrow and Libby will take you to a confirmation page. 
  3. Click Borrow again to actually check out the book. 
  4. You can begin reading right away or keep browsing. 
If you are on Wifi the book will automatically start downloading onto your device. Now it can be read or listened to anywhere! Even if you do not have Internet access. Once the book is returned it is automatically deleted from your device. 

Placing a hold with Libby: 


Some books are really popular and are not available for check out at the moment you find it. That's ok, you can place it on hold! Sometimes the waitlist seems terrifyingly long, but please put the book on hold anyway. Our library buys titles for our patrons to use first. This means that the waitlist for Becoming, by Michelle Obama might be 100+ people long, but if our copy becomes available it will go to our patron first - even if they are #78 in line. We will also be more likely to purchase the title if we notice that many of our patrons are on hold for it. 

To place a hold you will simply click Place a hold!. It will take you to the confirmation page and you will confirm your hold. You can only have 5 titles on hold at a time so choose wisely!

To cancel a hold: 
  • Click Shelf
  • Click Holds
  • Click Manage Hold
  • Click Cancel Hold

Renewing with Libby: 


If your book is due within 3 days you have the option to renew it or place it on hold if there is a waitlist. Libby has made it very easy to renew or place your book on hold when it's time. See the examples below: 
Screenshot of Libby Renewing Option
Screenshot of Libby Place a Hold Option
Click on either "Renew?" or "Place a hold?" to renew or place a hold on your book. If you already have 5 holds on your account you will not be able to place a hold on the book. 


Returning your book: 


It is always the best practice to return a book as soon as you're done with it! 
  1. Click Shelf on the bottom of the screen.
  2. Click Loans.
  3. Click Manage Loan.
  4. Click Return Early

Sending books to your Kindle via Libby: 

If you are going to primarily be reading with a Kindle you can easily send books to it from your computer, tablet, or phone! You will need your Amazon password for this. 
  1. Make sure you have the Compatibility preference set to Kindle. 
  2. Borrow the book you want to read. 
  3. Click "Open Book".
  4. Choose Kindle. You will now be taken to Amazon.com. 
  5. Click "Get library book". 
  6. The book can now be found on all your Kindle devices.
If you already have opened the book with Libby you can still send it to your Kindle. 
  1. Click Shelf on the bottom of the screen. 
  2. Click Loans. 
  3. Click Manage Loan on the book you want to read. 
  4. Choose "Read with..."
  5. Choose Kindle. You will now be taken to Amazon.com. 
  6. Click "Get library book". 
  7. The book can now be found on all your Kindle devices.

Returning a Kindle Book

It is easy to return books on Libby! You do not need to go through your Amazon account. 
  1. Click Shelf on the bottom of the screen.
  2. Click Loans.
  3. Click Manage Loan.
  4. Click Return Early
The book might still be in your Kindle library, but it won't be available to read. To remove it from your Kindle you will need to go to your Amazon account. Here is the step-by-step process: 
  1. Go to your Amazon account. 
  2. Choose Your Content and Devices.
  3. Find the book you need to return. Click on the three dots next to the title, under the Actions heading. 
  4. Click Delete Book to remove it from your device completely. 

Express Downloadables


Libby/OverDrive now have Express Downloadables! This means that some of our most popular titles have a copy that does not fill holds. They can't be renewed, but are checked out for 14 days. Since these are just Howard Miller's Express books, you must have a Howard Miller card to check them out. 

This is for both ebooks and audiobooks - check the collection often to find your next favorite book!