If your library offers ebooks, one of the easiest ways to search for and check out ebooks is through Overdrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide.
But you’re probably not thinking about reading those ebooks on your computer are you? Enter Libby, a mobile app (Android, iOS, Microsoft) meant precisely for reading library ebooks, particularly if you don’t have a Kindle.
So why Libby?
If you’re a member of more than one library, you can access each of those library’s ebook library through Libby. You can switch between the different libraries within the app.
If you’re waiting to read a popular book that requires you to place a hold, you can do this through Libby and the app will also give you a sense of how long your wait might be.
If you have a Kindle, you can still use the app to search for Kindle books. Go to preferences and under Compatibility select Kindle. Kindle books through Libby are only available from US libraries. If you want to add a book to your Kindle, go to your Shelf and tap Actions > Select Reading Devices. Tap where it says I read my books in Libby and select On my Kindle from the drop down menu. When you open a compatible book, tap Send to Kindle and it will open up an Amazon link where you can get the book delivered to your Kindle device.