Changes to OverDrive's Apps

overdrive to libby

OverDrive Is Sunsetting Its Original App.


Statement from OverDrive:

"We plan to wind down the legacy OverDrive app and make Libby the primary way for users to enjoy their digital library. As a first step, we will remove the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store on February 23, 2022. Our next step will be to actively encourage OverDrive app users to switch to Libby, with a goal of moving most over by the end of 2022."


How does the February 23 update affect existing OverDrive app users?

Existing OverDrive app users won’t be affected by this change. They can continue borrowing and downloading content in the OverDrive app. In addition, if an OverDrive app user needs to reinstall the app, they can do so from their app store. This particular update will only affect those who do not currently have an OverDrive app installed. (In summary, if you have the app, you can still use it. If you are downloading the app for the first time, your only choice will be Libby.)


Will all OverDrive app users be required to switch to Libby?

Yes, eventually. It’s our goal to have most OverDrive app users migrated to Libby by the end of 2022. We’ll keep you updated about plans and timing for officially retiring the OverDrive app and provide plenty of notice to ensure a smooth transition.


What is Libby?


Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from MCMLS. You can stream titles with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. All you need to get started is your MCMLS library card. Learn more about Libby here.


Will Libby ever be available on Kindle Fire tablets?

Libby is not currently available to download from the Amazon App Store. OverDrive has requested information and a timeline for approval from Amazon but has not yet received an update. In the meantime, Kindle Fire users can stream ebooks and audiobooks in their browser from libbyapp.com or MCMLS’s OverDrive website. Users can also deliver Kindle Books to a Fire tablet from a device that supports Libby or from libbyapp.com (US only). For now, the OverDrive app will also continue to be available from the Amazon App Store.


Can users still use the library's OverDrive website?

Yes. Users can still browse, borrow, and enjoy titles from MCMLS’s OverDrive website.


Wait! I still have questions!

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at the OverDrive Resource Center. You can also reach out to your local branch or send us a message here.