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OverDrive app users should switch to the Libby app soon!

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August 18, 2021

If you use the OverDrive app to access Wisconsin's Digital Library for free e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks, please plan to switch to the Libby app by the end of 2022.

The OverDrive app is being "sunsetted" by its creator — i.e. the app will no longer be updated or supported in the near future, and eventually will be discontinued.

Additionally, the OverDrive app will not be available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store starting in February 2022. It's unclear when the OverDrive app will be removed from the Amazon Appstore.*

Current OverDrive app users can continue to use the app until early 2023.

All of the same e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks are available on the Libby app.

If you're not sure which app you're using, the OverDrive app's icon looks like a white "O" on a blue background. The Libby app's icon is burgundy and teal and shows a character reading a book.

If you need assistance installing and using Libby on your smartphone, tablet or computer, please contact us.

More information and places to watch for related updates:

* Kindle Fire users:

  • According to OverDrive in August 2021: "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 or your library’s OverDrive website. Users can also deliver Kindle Books to a Fire tablet from a device that supports Libby or from (US only). For now, the OverDrive app will also continue to be available from the Amazon Appstore."

  • According to OverDrive in June 2022: "Kindle Fire users can sideload Libby onto their device manually with our APK (Android Package file), since Amazon has not yet accepted our submission of the Libby app to the Amazon Appstore. Once the APK is installed, the Libby app will appear and function like any other app on your Fire tablet." For assistance with this option, please contact us.

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