About Libby

Meet Libby, the highly rated app through which over 40,000 eBooks and audiobooks are available to you. You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. If you're not using Libby to borrow and read or listen to eBooks, you're missing out. Libby simplifies eBook borrowing, making it much more convenient to use. The free Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and magazines from the Library. Libby is available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, and some Chromebooks:

  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
  • Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab

How to Select Your Library & Add Your Card Number

  1. Open Libby and tap on the Libby icon at the upper right of the screen.
  2. Enter the library name, zip code or city, and you should see Westchester Library System appear as the library you should select. Tap on it to select.
  3. Follow the prompts to add your library card number and PIN.
  4. To add an additional library card, on the Libby home screen, tap the Libby icon at the upper right.
  5. Tap on See Library Cards.
  6. Tap on Add Another Card.
  7. Follow the prompts.

How to Maximize Your Time with eBooks

By default, the lending period for eBooks is seven (7) days, but that time can be extended to 14 days. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Find a title you would like to borrow and is available for immediate checkout.*
  2. Tap on Borrow.
  3. Where it displays You are borrowing [title] for 7 days, tap on 7 days.
  4. Select 14 days in the dropdown list.
  5. Tap on Borrow.
From that point on, all the OverDrive eBooks you check out under your account will be borrowed for 14 days.

*Please note that if you place a hold on a title and you have automatic download turned on, you will not have the opportunity to change the borrowing time. Changing the borrowing time can only be done when manually borrowing a title.

How to Have Holds Automatically Checked Out (or Not!)

By default, Libby is configured to automatically borrow and download a title on hold for you when it becomes available.

  1. Open Libby and tap on the Libby icon at the upper right of the screen.
  2. Tap on Set Up Libby in the menu to the right.
  3. Tap on Choose Download Behavior.

On the next screen, notice that Everything is checked for automatic download. You can set Libby to only automatically download titles under 20 megabytes in size, or to download nothing automatically. You can also optionally de-select Download only on wifi (IMPORTANT – ONLY de-select this if you have unlimited cellular data available to you; otherwise a cost may be incurred with your cell phone service provider).

How to See Newly Added eBooks

On the Libby home screen, tap on Explore.
Tap on What’s New?
Tap on All New Titles, New in Books or New in Audiobooks.

Further Resources

 There are many resources available to help you get the most out of Libby and our eBook collection, including personalized one-on-one training should you need it:

So what are you waiting for?  Start checking out some eBooks today.