Libby is the new app for accessing your Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive) eBooks and audiobooks. It is not replacing the OverDrive App, but many users find the Libby app easier to set up and easier to use. If you are already using OverDrive, you might want to give it a try. If you are new to using Wisconsin's Digital Library, we think Libby is the easiest way to get started.
Download the App - First Time Use Only.
- Install the free Libby app from your devices' app store (Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows store) or use Libby in your Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, or Silk web browser by visiting libbyapp.com.
- You will need a valid InfoSoup library card number and PIN. If you don't know your PIN, contact your Local Library.
- In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library. All InfoSoup Libraries are part the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. If you select Wisconsin Public Library Consortium as your matching library, you cannot go wrong
- Next Choose A Location
- Select InfoSoup Libraries from the menu choices.
- Enter your library card number and PIN and then select Next.
You are now ready to use Wisconsin's Digital Library!
Note. You can use Libby on multiple devices and Libby will automatically sync your loans, holds, and book progress between devices, as long as you have an internet connection and your library cards are on each device.
In the footer (bottom of the screen)
- Tap Library to search and browse the catalog
- Tap Shelf to see your loans and holds
- Tap the book cover in the middle to return to the current book you are reading/listening to. If not in the middle of a book, the Libby icon will display in the middle.
Library cards, settings, & help
Use the Libby menu (the Libby icon in the top right corner) to manage library cards and other setup options and view Libby help
Searching and Browsing the Collection
- If viewing your Shelf, tap Library at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the search bar (magnifying glass) at the top of the screen and enter an author, title, series, or keyword search. To run and advanced search, tab the search bar, then tap More Options. This lets you search by subject, format, date added, and more.
- Browse by scrolling down the main page to see a list of featured collections, see what's new, what's popular, what's available or select from a list of genres and subjects. Or you can tap on Explore to view similar lists. From Explore, tap Subjects to view a comprehensive list of titles by subject.
Whether searching or browsing, you will have several options for narrowing your search. In the example below, you can you can narrow the search for "cats" by selecting to view just books or audiobooks, or limit to Fiction, Mystery, or Juvenile Fiction. Tap more, for additional options. You can use the Refine option to limit your result by format (eBook or Audiobook), language, audience, device compatibility (e.g. Kindle or Libby), and Availability.
Next to each title you will have the option to Borrow or Place Hold. You will also have the option to read a sample or play a sample for audiobooks. Audiobooks will have the audio icon below each title.
To Borrow, just tap Borrow. On the following confirmation page you will have an opportunity to change the number of checkout days. When you pick a new loan period, it'll be your default loan period for future checkouts in that format, but you will always have the opportunity to change it. Remember to tap Borrow again at the bottom of the page.
After you borrow a book you will have the option to Open Book or Keep Browsing or Go to Shelf. If you choose Open Book you will have the option to read in Libby or send it to Kindle, if you prefer to read on your Kindle eReader or in your Kindle app. You will also get the option to Remember this choice for all books.
By default, holds are automatically borrowed and added to your Shelf once they're available. You'll receive an email when this happens.
- If you want to see how long the wait is before you check out the book, click on the calendar icon next to the Place Hold
- If you want to see your place on the wait list after you have placed a hold, go to Shelf > Holds and click on the calendar icon
Managing Hold Notices. To set up your email and to turn off (or back on) automatic borrowing for your holds go to Shelf and then tap Actions > Manage Hold Notices. If automatic borrowing is turned off, you will have about 3 days to manually borrow holds when they become available.
Suspending a hold. Suspending a hold lets you move up a title's wait list without the title becoming available for you. You may want to suspend a hold if you have too little time to read or too many books in progress. You can either suspend all your holds at once or suspend a single hold.
To suspend all your holds, go to Shelf > Holds and then tap Actions > Suspend All Holds
To suspend a single hold, go to Shelf > Holds and then tap Manage Hold next to the title you want to suspend. Then tap Suspend Hold.
Most, but not all, books in Wisconsin's Digital Library are available for Kindle. To send a book to Kindle:
- Go to Shelf > Loans.
- Tap Open Book.
- If you always want to send borrowed ebooks to your Kindle, turn on the Remember for all books setting.
- Tap Kindle.
- You'll be taken to Amazon's website to finish getting the book.
- If you're signed into your Amazon account, verify the "Deliver to:" device and tap Get Library Book.
- If you're not signed into your Amazon account, tap Get Library Book, and sign in.
Returning and Renewing
Returning a title
Even though your items will automatically "return" on their due date, there are times when you might want to return a book early. To return a book early:
- Go to your Shelf > Loans
- Tap the due date
- Tap Return Early, then Return
Renewing a title
Titles without any holds can be renewed, usually around three days before the end of your loan. To renew a title:
- Go to your Shelf > Loans
- Tap the due date, then the due date again
- Tap Renew Loan, then Renew
There are a few reasons why you might be unable to renew a title:
- Someone else has the book on hold. In this case, you'll see a Place A Hold button (instead of Renew), which means you need to wait to borrow the book again.
- It's too early to renew the book. You'll be able to renew a book a few days before it's due. If it's too early, Libby will tell you how much longer you need to wait before you can renew it.
- In a few rarer cases, the book may no longer be available in the collection.
Setting Preferences is similar to Refining your search, but unlike the Refine options, preferences will apply to all your future searching and browsing. For example, If you never listen to audiobooks, you might want to set your preference to Format: Books. But you will want to remember this so if you ever change your mind and want to search for an audiobook, you will need to go back to Preferences to reset your filter.
Tap Preference to open options. In this example I have set my Preferences to only show the Format: Books & Availability: Available Now. Tap Apply Preferences to continue.
Libby will always indicate when Preferences are set. In the example below, I am browsing under Subjects > Mystery. All my result will be books and available to borrow now. Notice how it now says 2 Preferences.