Changes Coming to OverDrive in 2022

OverDrive, SLPL’s original eBook provider, has long been a popular resource for eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more recently, eMagazines. For several years, there have been two apps for OverDrive users to choose from: OverDrive and Libby.

In order to streamline its services and increase user-friendliness, OverDrive has announced that it will be retiring the classic OverDrive app and focusing its efforts on Libby as the official app of OverDrive. 

Beginning on February 23, 2022, the OverDrive app will be removed from app stores, leaving new users with only Libby as their app for accessing their OverDrive titles.

If you’re currently using the classic OverDrive app, rest assured that you won’t immediately have to make a change – you will still be able to use it in the following months. However, new users will not be able to download the classic app. 

Amazon Fire users, take special note: unfortunately, Libby is not currently available on Fire tablets. You can still use the OverDrive website from your computer or the browser on your Fire tablet to send books to your Amazon device.

By the end of 2022, OverDrive plans to have most users moved over to Libby. Throughout the year, we’ll be offering more information about Libby and, if you’re currently using the classic OverDrive app, making the switch to Libby. We know that for some of our customers this will be a big change. We want to make sure you can still use OverDrive with confidence so that you can continue to enjoy eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines with ease! 

If you’d like to try Libby today, you can get started by reading OverDrive’s introduction to Libby, downloading the app for Android or iOS, or by exploring the web browser-based version, libbyapp.com.

If you have any questions, please reach out help@slpl.org.

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