What is Libby, by OverDrive?

Access popular ebooks and audiobooks for free using your library card and this friendly, easy-to-use app.

Getting Started

  • Install “Libby, by OverDrive” free from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, or the Windows Store.
  • In Libby, follow the prompts to find the Bloomfield Township Public Library and enter your library card number and last name.

Navigating the App

In the footer

  • Tap Library to search the Bloomfield Township Public Library collection, Metro Net Library Consortium.
  • Tap Shelf to find your Loans, Holds, Tags, and Activity.

When you find an available ebook or audiobook you want, tap Borrow. By default, titles are automatically downloaded for offline use when connected to Wi-Fi. Tap in the upper right, then select Set Up Libby and Choose Download Behavior to change this setting.

Finding a Book or Audiobook

Browse the lists on the home page, such as “Just Added” or “What’s Popular?” Tap a link above your results to narrow your search. Tap Refine to sort or limit your search.

Search the catalog. Type a title, author, or keyword in the search box at the top of the app. Tap More Options for advanced searching.

Set your search preferences. You can screen out items that you’re not interested in. Tap + Preferences to set preferences for all of your searches. Your settings will hold until you opt out of them or override with Refine.

Additional Resources

Tap in the upper right and select Learn Libby or Help & Support for tutorials or help resources.

For information on accessing OverDrive materials on Kindle devices or other devices, visit help.overdrive.com.

Updated 10/18
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How to borrow and deliver Kindle Books

  1. Open your library’s digital collection at www.ebtpl.org.
  2. If prompted, sign into your library.
  3. Click on the heading “Kindle Books” at the top of the page.
  4. Click on a cover marked “Available” to select it.  Select Borrow.
  5. Choose a lending period for the title (if available).
    Then, select Borrow
  6. After you borrow the title, select Read now with Kindle.
  7. You’ll be taken to Amazon’s website to complete checkout and send the eBook to your Kindle device or reading app. If you’re already signed into Amazon, continue to step 8. If you’re not signed into Amazon, skip to step 9.
  8. If you’re signed into Amazon, select a device or reading app from the “Deliver to:” drop-down menu, then select Get library book. The book will be sent to your Kindle device or reading app.
  9. If you’re not already signed into Amazon, select Get library book. You’ll be prompted to sign in. After you sign in, choose the device or reading app where you’d like to send the book you borrowed, then select Continue. The book will be sent to your Kindle device or reading app.

Your Kindle eReader must have a Wi-Fi internet connection to download library Kindle Books from Amazon. If you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection, you’ll need to transfer the title via USB.

Once a book is on your Kindle device or reading app, you can open it from your device or app’s home screen and read it just like any other Kindle Book. For specific help reading on your device (like how to change the font or save a bookmark), visit Amazon Device Support.

If you want to read the eBook on a different Kindle device or app, you can deliver it again from Amazon’s website during the lending period.

To remove a library item from your Kindle, go to your amazon.com “Accounts & Lists” and select “Manage Content & Devices.”

LAST UPDATED: APR 18, 2018 02:25PM EDT



Getting started with eReaders


You can borrow eBooks from your library and transfer them to compatible eReaders using free
Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software on your Windows or Mac computer.

Device notes:

If you have a Kindle eReader, please refer to our guide on getting started with Kindle Books

If you have a Fire tablet, please refer to our guide on getting started with the OverDrive app

If you have a NOOK by Samsung tablet, NOOK Tablet 7″, NOOK HD, or NOOK HD+, please refer to our guide
on getting started with Libby .

If you have a NOOK GlowLight Plus, please use these steps to transfer eBooks to your GlowLight Plus

If you have a Kobo Aura ONE, please use these steps to borrow eBooks directly on your Aura ONE

How to get started

Step 1

Install and authorize Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your computer.
Note: These instructions are for ADE 2.0 or newer. We recommend always installing and using the
latest version of ADE.

Step 2

Connect your eReader to your computer.

Step 3

On your computer, locate our OverDrive collection at www.ebtpl.org.
Sign in with your library card number and last name.

Step 4

Borrow an eBook.

Step 5

Click the Download button for the borrowed eBook.

If prompted, authorize ADE with a free Adobe ID.
(this is required for downloading Adobe [DRM-protected] eBooks).

Downloaded eBooks open in ADE.

Step 6

To transfer an eBook to your eReader, open the “Library View” in ADE (click the Library button
in the top-left corner, if needed). From there, drag and drop the eBook into your eReader,
which should appear on the left under “Devices.” You may need to accept a file-transfer prompt
on your eReader in order for it to appear in ADE.

Once you’ve transferred a library eBook, you can read it on your device just like any other eBook.


During the transfer process, your eReader will be automatically authorized with the same Adobe ID
you used on your computer.

If you’re using a Sony Reader and it isn’t recognized by ADE, you may need to install and use
the Sony Reader software to transfer eBooks.

How to listen to audiobooks using OverDrive for Mac


You can use OverDrive’s desktop app for Mac to listen to MP3 audiobooks on your computer.

Listening to audiobooks

From OverDrive’s desktop app for Mac, select a downloaded audiobook and click the Play button to start the player. If you have not yet downloaded an audiobook, learn how to borrow and download titles on your computer here.

OverDrive for Mac bookshelf. See instructions above.

Using the player controls

Diagram of the audiobook player in OverDrive for Mac. See list of player controls below.

Player controls (based on the numbered image above):

  1. Play part
  2. Play media marker
  3. Position slider
  4. Play speed
  5. Skip back 15 seconds
  6. Most recent or furthest point played
  7. Add a bookmark


How to transfer MP3 audiobooks to an MP3 player using a Mac


You can transfer audiobooks to MP3 players on a Mac by manually copying the files to your device.

If you’re using an Apple device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), use these instructions instead of the ones below, because transferring to Apple devices works differently.

Use Finder to copy the audiobook to your device

  1. Plug your MP3 player into your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Open a “Finder” window.
  3. Go to Documents > My Media > MP3 Audiobooks.
  4. Open a new “Finder” window (you can use Command + N on your keyboard).
  5. Find your MP3 player, which should be listed in the left-hand panel under “Devices.”
  6. Drag the audiobook from the “MP3 Audiobooks” folder to your device.
    You can put the audiobook in the same place as your music or with other audiobooks.

If you’re having trouble with a transferred audiobook, try dragging the individual MP3 files to your device instead of the entire audiobook folder.

If you need more help with audiobooks for Mac computers, please visit OverDrive Help.

LAST UPDATED: FEB 13, 2017 12:13PM EST

Getting started with OverDrive Read

With OverDrive Read, you can borrow eBooks and read them right in your web browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required.


LAST UPDATED: APR 18, 2018 12:12PM EDT
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