Cape Breton Regional Library

Libby App

What is Libby?
The Libby app is the simplest way to get started with eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library. You can download Libby on Android, Apple (iOS), and Windows 10 devices. It is made by OverDrive, the same company who makes the OverDrive app.

Should I use Libby or the existing OverDrive app?
If you are new library eBooks and eAudiobooks, or if would like to try something new, check out Libby. If you are happy with using the OverDrive app, stay with it.

What is the difference between Libby and the existing OverDrive app?
Libby and OverDrive both provide access to the same digital library collections, but Libby is designed to be easier to use. It has a clean, attractive design, and it is simple to set up. The trade-off for Libby’s simplicity is that is has fewer features than OverDrive, including limited accessibility features. Libby is not compatible with screen readers, so users with print disabilities will want to stick with the OverDrive app for now.

Special features of Libby:
•Sign into multiple libraries/collections, with one or more cards for each library.
•Positions, bookmarks, and notes are kept in sync across your devices.
•Sample any book with a single tap
•“Tag” your books and create a personable searchable catalogue of books you have read.

How to use Libby to Borrow & Download eBooks & eAudiobooks

Step 1: Download the Libby app and find your library
•To get eBooks and eAudiobooks on your device, download the Libby app from your device’s app store (Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Windows Store).
•Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Libby app to your device.
•Tap “Find My Library.” If location services are enabled on your device, Libby will look for the library closest to your location.
•Or tap “Search Libraries” and type “Cape Breton” is the search box. In your search results, tap on “Cape Breton Regional Library.”

Step 2: Access the Library & Add Your Library Card
•Tap “Add Your Card” on the right side of the Nova Scotia Libraries homepage.
•Select “Cape Breton Regional Library” from the drop down menu.
•Type your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone number) in the appropriate boxes, and select “Sign In.”

Step 3: Browse the Collection & Download Titles from the Library
•To view the library’s collection, tap “Library” at the bottom left hand corner of the app.
You can find books by entering the title, author, and/or keyword in the search box at the top, or you can browse by subject or collection by tapping “Explore”.
•To check out a title, tap “Borrow.” If an item is checked out by someone else, tap “Place a hold” to receive an e-mail notification when it becomes available.
•After tapping Borrow, Select “Open Book” to start reading.

FYI:
•You may have up to ten eBooks and/or eAudiobooks checked out at the same time.
•You may customize your borrowing period and check books out for up to 7, 14, or 21 days by visiting the eBook/eAudiobook website, selecting My Account, and tapping Settings.
•The eBooks and eAudiobooks you check out will automatically expire on the due date, so there’s no need to worry about late fines. However, you may return titles early. Tap “Shelf” and then “Loans” to select the book you’re trying to return. Tap on the item’s due date and tap “Return Early,” then “Return!”

For more information on Libby, please visit OverDrive’s Libby Help site.

If you need additional assistance with downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, you may contact the library by email: overdrive@cbrl.ca