How to Use the Libby App

Easily read library books on your Kindle, iOS, or Android device

Meet Libby Library App Introduction Screen

Having a new book to read or listen to is just moments away when you know how to use Libby, the app that ties to your local library to allow you to borrow digital books and audio books. Learn all about the registration process and basic functions of the app, and you'll be reading (or listening) in no time.

How to Create a Libby Account

You'll get the most use out of Libby if you link it to your local library. This requires you to have a library card and accompanying PIN number, so if you don't have a current card, pay a visit to your library before getting started.

  1. Download the Libby app.

  2. Libby will walk you through setting up your account. For the most access to materials, you should select Yes when asked, "Do you have a library card?"

  3. You'll then have the option to search for your library. Libby can do this using your location, but it's typically faster to enter your own zip code. You'll then be prompted to enter a library card for your chosen library system.

    Libby Introduction Screen to set up and search for your library
  4. Registering your library card will require the card number and associated PIN. Your library often sets your PIN as the last four digits of your phone number, but you can call them or go in person to verify.

  5. After you successfully enter your library card number and PIN, you'll have access to your library's collection of digital materials.

    Libby app entering library card and PIN to access library
  6. You're done!

How to Check out Materials Using the Libby App

Libby contains your library's collection of digital and audio books. You can search here just as you would using a computer at a library, including searching for authors, titles, or browsing genres. You can explore and browse the entire collection, or search for a specific book.

Once you've located what you want to check out you'll have two options: Hold or Borrow. These steps will walk you through each process.

  1. Select Search For A Book at the top of the home screen to search the library, or use the main menu to browse available materials.

  2. Once you've found an item to check out, tap the book's cover, then tap either Borrow or Place Hold.

    Libby items are limited to a 14-day check out period, so don't wait too long to read that new book.

  3. To check out a book, tap Borrow!. The book will then show you've borrowed it for 14 days, and you can tap Open Book to begin reading.

    Libby App how to borrow a book, open a book, view Shelf

    You can also tap Keep Browsing to look for other items, or tap Go To Shelf to see what you have currently checked out. Tap Shelf to see items you've loaned, ones you're holding, and the current status of items you've borrowed.

  4. Just like your library, Libby might not have your book right now. To get in line, you can tap Place Hold. You'll want to enter your email address so Libby can alert you when your book becomes available. Libby will also give you an estimate of when your item is ready for you, based on the number of holds in front of you.

    Libby App place book on hold

    Libby has a limit to the number of loans and holds you can have at one time, which will be displayed before you hold or check out an item.

  5. You're done!