• Libby App Instructions

    Posted by Gail Tumminello on 3/12/2020

    How do I use the Libby app?



    Libby is a simplified app from OverDrive for borrowing ebooks and MP3 audiobooks. It is available for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 10.

     If you've never read or listened to ebooks or MP3 audiobooks before, Libby is the app to use. If you're happy with the OverDrive app, there's no need to switch.

    Here are the basic directions for downloading an ebook or audiobook with the Libby app:

    Getting Started

    1. Open the app store
    2. Search for Libby by OverDrive
    3. Install the app


    Set up Libby App

    1. Open the Libby app
    2. Tap Yesif you have a library card with St. Louis County Library. If you don't, you'll need to apply for onefirst. 
    3. Tap I'll Search for a Library
    4. Search for St. Louis County Library, your City, or your Zip Code.
    5. Tap St. Louis County Library
    6. Choose whether you want to read books on your Kindle (you must have an Amazon.com account) or if you want to read in the Libby app.

         - If you're not sure, choose to read in the Libby app.

    1. Tap Enter the Library



    Checkout eBooks and Audiobooks

    1. Find an ebook or audiobook with the Search boxat the top or scroll down and tap Explore All Subjects

          - Audiobooks will have a heahphones icon 

    1. Tap a book cover, and then tap the Borrowbutton underneath title

          - If it isn't available, tap Place a Hold

    1. Enter your St. Louis County Library Card number & PIN

    Tap Borrow. Items are automatically downloaded to the app. 

    1. Choose whether to Go to Shelf, to start reading or listening, or to Keep Browsing to check out more items


    Read eBook or Listen to Audiobook

    1. Tap Shelfin the lower right corner of app

    2.. Tap Open Book to read, or Open Audiobook to listen


    Return eBook or Audiobook

    Titles will automatically return at the end of checkout period. You may return titles early, though.

    1. On the Shelfof your app, tap Manage Loan
    2. Tap Return Loan to Libraryand then confirm the action when prompted


    Renew eBook or Audiobook

    Most items can be renewed 3 days before they are due, if no one else is waiting for them. If you would like to renew:

    1. On the Shelfof your app, tap Manage Loan
    2. Tap Renew Loanand then confirm the action when prompted


    Change Lending Period

    You can do this when you borrow a title. 

    1. After you tap Borrow, tap the underlined loan periodon the confirmation page (before you tap Borrow again). 
    2. Change lending period to 7, 14, or 21 days
    3. The loan period you choose becomes your default, but you can change it later when you borrow a title again, if you wish.
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