Libby app

Use the Libby app for downloading OverDrive ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. Libby is available for Apple iOS 10+, Android 5+ and Windows 10+ devices.


INSTALL FREE LIBBY APP

1. Click on Yes to say you have a library card
2. Search for Edinburgh and click on the Edinburgh Libraries details to select it
3. Click on Enter Library Account Details, and enter your library card number and click Next
4. Enter your PIN and click Sign In and Next

HOW TO FIND eBOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS & MAGAZINES

• Look at the collections on the home page – click on the section titles or descriptions to see all titles in each section
• Use Search...(bottom bar - magnifying glass) to search for specific authors or titles

• Explore the Reading Rooms at the top of the homepage (Kids, Teens, Magazines, No Wait Titles, Polish) to explore all the titles we have in these areas
• Click on Subjects; Available; New at the top of the homepage to see titles in these areas

HOW TO DOWNLOAD eBOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS

1. Click on a book cover and then on Borrow and Borrow again
2. Click on Open Book or Open Audiobook
3. The cover will appear. Pull across the screen from right to left to move through the ebook or press the play button
4. To come out of the ebook, tap on the screen and a Back button will appear
5. To access your checked-out books at any point click on the Shelf button (books) at the bottom or the screen. Clicking on the Library button (library card) takes you back to the catalogue side of the app

HOW TO DOWNLOAD MAGAZINES

1. Look for titles in the collections on the homepage or in the Magazine Reading Room (Click on Magazines near the top of the screen)
2. Click on the magazine cover
3. Click on Borrow and Borrow! 
4. To be emailed when new issues are available follow on-screen instructions for adding a Notify Me tag or click Not Now
5. Click on Open Magazine
6. Swipe from right to left to go through the magazine, pinch and pull to zoom in or click Read the Article at the bottom of the screen to read in text format
7. Tap the screen to bring up taskbar and access the back button to get out of the magazine
8. To access the contents page and jump to articles - tap the screen to bring up the top and bottom task bars. At the bottom of the screen click on the middle black button called Chapters (if you have already moved forward in the magazine it will have the name of the article you are on though). The contents page will pop up, scroll up and down to see it fully and tap on article you want to read
9. Once you have checked out and downloaded magazines on Libby you will be able to read them offline too

USING LIBBY ON MULTIPLE DEVICES

Your checkouts will "sync" ebooks across devices (book will be at same page on multiple devices) as long as you are signed in using the same login details.

You may be asked for a Setup Code when using Libby on another device. To obtain this -
1. Go to your original device and open up the Libby app
2. Click on the account icon (head) at the bottom of the homepage
3. Select Get Some Help
4. Select How do I sync Libby? Copy To Another Device to retrieve the Setup code

LIBBY PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

You can set up to be notified on your device when a hold becomes available and when a loan is about to expire. This will appear on your screen in the same way that texts do. To do this -
1.  Open up the app and click on the Libby menu button (the head icon bottom of homepage)
2. Click on Manage Notifications
3. Click on the button at the far right of each of each function to select to receive a notification. This will turn into a green circle with a tick in it

HOLDS

You can reserve a book if it is on loan to another reader.
1. On the book information page click on Place Hold and then Place Hold!
3. If it is your first time placing a hold you may be asked for your email address so you can be informed when the book is available (this will not happen if you have set up Libby Push Notifications)

HOW TO RENEW ITEMS

Users can renew a book if no other user has reserved it. The renew option appears beside the book in your Loans three days before the title is due to expire.
1. Click on the Shelf button at the bottom or the screen and then on Renew Loan

HOW TO RETURN EARLY

1. Click on the Shelf button at the bottom or the screen and then on Manage Loan beside the book you want to return
2. Click on Return Loan To Library and then Return

 

ORIGINAL APP
There is also the original OverDrive app that should only be used if your device cannot take Libby (see OverDrive App help pages). It is available for older Apple, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows tablets (not phones). However this app is due to be "retired" so will no longer be available in app stores from February 2022.

Libby help

Access:
Access from home. Login with your library card number and PIN. Not a member? Join online or visit your local libraryExisting members may need to upgrade their membership to use Libby by OverDrive.

How to use:

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