Meet Libby. Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.
1. Fish out your library card
2. Open the Libby app
3. Find your local library
4. Search, sample, borrow, enjoy
It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a book. Libby has a ground-breaking built-in ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player. If you prefer, you can send books to your Kindle for reading.
• Sign in to multiple libraries, with one or more library cards
• Stay signed in for as long as you like
• Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space
• Sample any book with a tap — nothing to download or delete
• Try a zoomable graphic novel, or a picture book with readalong audio
• All your holds and loans are consolidated on a single shelf
• Tag titles as read, loved, hated, wishlist, schoolbook, beach-reading, whatever you like
• Your loans, holds, reading positions, bookmarks and notes are synchronized automatically across all your devices
This release fixes a bug related to opening loans with a cellular connection (ie, when you're not on Wi-Fi). We've also recently addressed some Bluetooth audio gremlins, and introduced first-class support for CarPlay, and made a number of Very Nice Refinements.
Ratings and Reviews
Easy and addictive
So pleased with this app. I never leave home without a book but it can be trying to get to the library and borrow / return. Though “real” books will always be my first option - the Libby app has made it so much easier to borrow books that may be bigger than your coffee table (🙄) or not easily found when you go to the library. I also love the fact you get a month and the app (via your card # and home library) shows titles that you may not have thought of ( recommendations and new / best sellers appear on the home page)Another bonus for me is that you can add books to a list such as “want to read” ( much like GoodReads) i highly recommend this for any avid reader!
Keeps losing my place!
I’ve had such a bad experience with this app - it’s such a disappointment that I’ll have to go back to the overdrive app. When I pause my audiobooks, it keeps skipping to a different position upon playing again!! Often more than an hour ahead or behind my position. When it first happened I thought I must have accidentally skipped using the slider, but it repeatedly happened, even when just using the pause button on my headphones. So annoying to keep having to find my position!! I had to keep setting bookmarks as backup. I also just found it generally buggy - I had to play, pause multiple times to get it to finally play again, and many times the app just displayed a technical error and I had to close it and open again.
Also, I hate that when pausing and playing, there’s no option to auto skip back a few seconds - it starts immediately at the point it stopped, so if mid-word, you miss a bit.
Anyway, there’s so much wrong with this (which is a shame, because there is a lot of potential too) that is a total killer for me and I have to stick with the Overdrive app, which, while a bit stale, is at least stable and works!!!
Libby Library App
Brilliant. Love this mobile library app. I spend a lot of time travelling New Zealand and often listen to downloaded audiobooks or read downloaded e-books as it’s a convenient and rewarding way to pass time at airports and on long bus trips. Never had a problem with connectivity - even in the foothills of the mighty Southern Alps; or in remote places in the Bay of Plenty. I often have 2-10 books out at once as I listen to a lot of non-fiction audio books at night - some with content designed to help me sleep. Placing books on hold or on a Wishlist is super convenient and managing the renewal or return of books is quick and easy. Thanks Auckland Public Libraries and Libby.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.