Libby (by OverDrive)

In January 2023 KFPL returned to Libby (by OverDrive) as our eBook and eAudiobook provider.  

Our collection in cloudLibrary will be moved to Libby between January 23 to January 30, during which time those titles will not be available on either platform. The following week, any outstanding holds in cloudLibrary will be added to the titles in Libby.  

Users are encouraged to make note of any items on their saved list, in their reading history, and books they have requested as only holds will transfer. 

We will celebrate the "Grand Opening" of the Libby collection on February 1, 2023.  

Learn about Libby from the experts! This monthly online webinar will show you everything you need to know. 

About Libby

Borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app, by OverDrive. You can even go directly from Libby to the Kanopy app to enjoy film content. You can also browse, search, read or listen and more on your computer. 

Using Libby  

Anyone with a valid KFPL membership can access Libby. Once you’re ready to check out an eBook, digital audiobook or magazine, you can sign in with your library card number and PIN.  

Accessibility  

Accessible text sizes, adjustable lighting, open dyslexic font, and adjustable playback speeds are available in Libby. Resources are available to help you adjust your reading settings for eBooks and digital magazines and listening settings for digital audiobooks 

Troubleshooting  

Please check out the Libby Help page for troubleshooting tips and user guides.  

We're here to help! You're always welcome to call or visit a branch or send us a comment or question.  

Device Support  

What devices does Libby support?  

Libby supports many devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and eReaders. You'll find the full list of supported devices on the Libby help page 

Does Libby support eReaders?  

Yes, Libby does support many eReader products. Newer Kobo eReaders may be able to download books directly from Libby. For other devices, eBooks (epub, pdf) can be transferred to most eReaders using the Adobe Digital Edition application. Kindle eReaders are not supported in Canada.  

Does Libby support mp3 players?  

You can download and listen to digital audiobooks through the Libby app, either on your mobile device or on the web. Unfortunately, you will not be able to transfer audiobooks to a dedicated mp3 player.  

How much data does the Libby app use?  

In the Libby app, you can control how eBooks and audiobooks are downloaded and stored by updating the Download Rules in the app. These will allow you to control which connection can be used to download items (Cellular, Wi-Fi or both) and place limits on the size of files automatically downloaded to your device.  

Depending on what device you have, you may be able to go into your device settings and turn off data for the Libby app. This will help prevent accidental data usage. You will still need an internet connection to browse, check out, and download content.  

We have free Wi-Fi available at all our branches.  

Loan Periods and Shelf Management  

What are the loan periods for Libby?  

You will have 14 days with Libby for both eBooks and digital audiobooks. Items will return on their own and will not accrue overdue fines.  

How many items can I check out at one time?  

You can have 10 loans and 10 holds at one time, and you can return items early.  

Magazines do not count against your 10-loan limit and can be borrowed for up to 21 days. You can set up notifications to receive a message when the latest issue of your favourite magazine is ready to download.  

Can I renew items?  

If there are no other holds on the item, you'll be able to renew a title a few days before it is due.  

Does Libby have automatic checkouts?  

Your reserved titles will not automatically download. You will have three days to go into the website or app to retrieve the item or opt for Deliver Later if you aren’t quite ready to start reading

Will I get an email when an item is ready for me?  

If you have the email notification setting enabled, you will receive an email when an item is ready to download.  

You can view and modify your email address and notification preferences in the Libby app 

Features  

Flagging or Saving Books for Later  

Use Libby’s smart tags to identify books you’ve already borrowed, get notifications, request a title, and more.  

Sync Between Devices  

Once you have set up Libby across multiple devices the app syncs between your devices and remembers where you left off.  

Suggesting a Title  

Still can’t find the title you are looking for? We will continually add to KFPL’s OverDrive collection of eBooks and Audiobooks, but you can always suggest the title for us to purchase.  

Finding and Reading Magazines  

Once you've signed into Libby, you'll be able to browse through the collection and search for a specific title.  

Frequently Asked Questions About the Change  

Why has KFPL decided to move back to Libby from cloudLibrary?  

You asked, and we heard you. Since leaving OverDrive we have received many requests from our patrons to move back.  

OverDrive has significantly reduced its platform fees, making them a more affordable option. And the addition of magazines to their collection means that our patrons can use a single platform for eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines.  

Will we still have access to other libraries’ digital collections?  

We will no longer be part of the cloudLink consortium but have arranged reciprocal borrowing agreements with several Ontario libraries to provide access to a larger selection of materials for our patrons. We expect to make this available in March 2023.  

How big is the magazine collection in Libby?  

You’ll be able to read more than 3,000 magazine titles right in Libby compared to the 27 we were able to make available in Flipster, including The Economist - our most requested digital magazine.  

Will I still have access to Hoopla and Kanopy?  

Yes! After we migrate to Libby (by OverDrive) you will still be able to access your Hoopla and Kanopy accounts. 

I used to have the OverDrive app; do I need to download the Libby app now? 

OverDrive is discontinuing its original OverDrive app at the end of April 2023. Learn more about OverDrive’s transition to Libby here. 

Libby is built by OverDrive, who also developed the classic OverDrive app. Libby features the same free digital content you may have enjoyed in the OverDrive app. However, Libby was designed to make finding, borrowing, and enjoying free digital titles easier.