Service Update: Libby and OverDrive
OverDrive is the provider of thousands of eBooks and eAudioBooks for Richmond Hill Public Library users. Starting in February 2022, OverDrive plans to wind down the legacy OverDrive app and make Libby the primary way for users to enjoy our digital library.
As a first step, the OverDrive app will be removed from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store on February 23, 2022.
If you're using the OverDrive app, you're encouraged to transition over to the new Libby app before the end of 2022.
Note: RHPL does not offer Magazines through OverDrive or the Libby app. To access digital magazines with your RHPL card, download PressReader.
- What are some of the features of the Libby app?
The Libby app provides helpful information to new users that make becoming familiar with eBooks a breeze. It contains one central location where you can manage your loans and holds, as well as support for multiple library cards at once. From the Libby app, you can easily access our comics and read-alongs for all ages, while creating tags to track your favourite reads, wish lists and more. Libby is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
At the moment, the Libby app does not have the ability to suggest a purchase or recommend a title for RHPL's digital collection. OverDrive is actively working on developing this feature. The Libby app will also automatically download available holds for you (users will have the option to choose whether titles are downloaded when connected to a Wi-Fi network). In the OverDrive app, you have to manually download checked out holds.
- Can users sync their OverDrive wish lists to Libby?
Yes. Libby prompts users to sync their wish lists from the OverDrive app and your library’s OverDrive website. Learn more here.
- Can users still use our library’s OverDrive website?
Yes. Users can still browse, borrow, and enjoy titles from RHPL's OverDrive website.
- Is the Libby app accessible?
Libby is designed to support screen readers, keyboard navigation, voice control, and other assistive technologies. Every interactive element is expressively labelled, described, logically arranged, and has an appropriate tap (or click) target area. The app is built on web technologies, and leverages the accessibility features of HTML, CSS, and WAI-ARIA. These web standards continue to evolve, and Libby plans to evolve as they do.
- Where can I get help with the Libby app?