Digital Media

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Get Started with OverDrive using an app on your device

App Actions

Reading with the Libby app
  • The Libby app app is available for mobile devices running Android or iOS, including smart phones, tablets, iPods or iPads, and many eReaders.
  • If using a computer with an updated browser, you can read directly in the browser from the Libby wesbite.
  • There are also apps available for Windows systems available at the Meet Libby app page.
  • You can find instructions for how to use Libby with your Kindle here.
  • The first time you use the Libby app with your device, you will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN. If you do not log out on the device it will keep you logged in even when not using the app.
  • In the mobile app, save Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library as a favorite by going to the app menu and selecting Add a Library. Search for the library system and highlight the star by Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library to save the library to your list.
Search for books
  • Resources including books and audiobooks found while searching Discovery will open with the app if it is running on the same device. To narrow results to OverDrive, enter a search term and click on the OverDrive block on the right-hand side of the screen to open a new browser window.
  • One feature of the app is that you can search content available to the Public Library customers right on the app! Keep in mind that using Discovery will find resources from other eBook and eAudiobook platforms.
    • Use the magnifying glass at the top of the screen to search by keyword, creator, and narrow to individual or a group of subjects
    • Scroll down to explore top/all subjects, collections, and trending titles.
    • Use Preferences and Actions in the bar beneath the Public Library logo to see all subjects and limit by format (eBook or eAudiobook), language, audience, or availability.


Search with magnifying glass


Explore Subjects


Place a book on hold
  • For popular titles, there may be the text "Place A Hold" instead of "Borrow" in the checkout icon, which will allow users to request the item and have it checked out automatically once returned (adjust settings to turn off automatic checkout). The Public Library purchases several "copies" of popular titles, but several customers may request the same copy. Click the yellow banner to see the hold activity and anticipate how long you may wait for the title.


Use the Shelf
  • Keep track of current checkouts, holds, tags, and recent checkout history with the Shelf link at the bottom of the screen.
Dyslexic Font

Standard typefaces are often difficult to read for people with dyslexia as the letters are hard to differentiate and words tend to jumble together. Dyslexic fonts provide greater contrast in letters which solves this problem.

Your digital library website and your app (OverDrive and Libby) feature a dyslexic font option, making determining letters much easier so readers can focus on finding and enjoying their next great read.

As always, you can also adjust the spacing, font size and screen color to make your reading experience more enjoyable.


OverDrive App Sunset

OverDrive App for Phones and Tablets is going away!

The OverDrive app is no longer available to download. Users who have the OverDrive app (mobile or desktop) installed will only be able to use it without disruption until the beginning of 2023. The Libby app for Android and iPhone and iPad will be the main app going forward to download eBooks and eAudiobooks. You can also read and listen to eBooks and eAudiobooks in your browser on a desktop PC.

Get Libby on Your Desktop


New! Notification Options in Libby

The Libby app now supports getting notifications directly in the app. This will replace getting emails for events like a hold being ready or a title expiring. Check out the LIbby help pages for managing these options:

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