Since Overdrive discontinued their app on May 1st, 2023, library users are being directed to use the Libby app. There has been some confusion about this, as I have seen a lot of library patrons commenting that their libraries removed the Overdrive app. In reality, the company has been announcing the Overdrive app’s demise for some time. Some patrons are having a hard time getting used to the Libby experience.
There is no doubt that the Libby app works differently than the old Overdrive app. And making the change to a new reading app can be challenging, no matter how tech savvy someone is. Most libraries are happy to help their patrons learn to work with the Libby app.
As part of their commitment to the Libby app, Overdrive is offering a series of free monthly webinars for learning how to get started with Libby. The next one is on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. The webinars are available via Zoom through December 2023. You can sign up here directly or click in the registration link from Overdrive’s Facebook page.
You can also check out LibbyLife.com for tips on using Libby, as well as book recommendations and news for book lovers.
Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more articles on using Libby or other reading apps. 🙂
One of the drawbacks to Libby is that, unlike Overdrive, you can’t search for a title across several libraries t once. I have six different library cards, and it gets a bit tedious having to search for the same book six separate times to find the library that has it available or has the shortest hold time.
To me, that is the most frustrating thing about the Libby app. I mostly used Overdrive on my older Kobo Aura One and there, it would only let you log into one library at a time anyway.