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!
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.
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!
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 have 15 titles on hold at a time.
To cancel a hold:
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:
Returning your book:
It is always the best practice to return a book as soon as you're done with it!
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.
It is easy to return books on Libby! You do not need to go through your Amazon account.
Libby/OverDrive 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!
The magazines that were on RBdigital can now be found on Libby! Use the videos here to learn how to find and read magazines on Libby. You will never have to place a magazine on hold, they do not count toward your checkout total, and you can always renew after 11 days.