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OverDrive

OverDrive hosts more than 150,000 premium digital eBook and Audiobook titles from more than 1,000 publishers. OverDrive also includes magazines.

Ways to Use OverDrive

  • Overdrive Website - stream eBooks, audiobooks, magazines
  • OverDrive App - eBooks, audiobooks, magazines
  • Libby App - eBooks, audiobooks, magazines  
OverDrive Website OverDrive App Libby App
Access complete collection Basic, classic app. No updates to functionality Newest and easiest to use app
Recommend titles to library for purchase, rate titles, wish lists Recommend titles to library for purchase, rate titles, wish lists Only shows titles you can read or listen to in app
    Allows multiple library cards attached to one user account

OverDrive is compatible with multiple devices and operating systems. The OverDrive Help site provides detailed device guides to help you use the OverDrive website and app. 

​ OverDrive Device Profiles and Guides 

Device Type and App Store 
Android 
Chromebooks
Apple iPad/iPhone/iPod
Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets (app incompatible with Kindle ereaders)
Kobo
Mac OS
Nook
Windows

What do I need to use Overdrive?

  • A Pikes Peak Library District resident library card number (resident card numbers start with a 4) and PIN.
  • A compatible mobile device with wireless Internet access to use the app.
  • A personal computer or laptop with Internet access to use the website. 

Install and Set up the OverDrive App on a Device 

  • Open your device's app store and search for "OverDrive"
  • Tap Install or Get and open the OverDrive app
  • Follow the prompts to sign up or sign in with an existing account
  • Choose Sign up using library card
  • Enter library name - Pikes Peak Library District - and choose a location
  • Enter your library card number and 4-digit pin
  • Start browsing and borrowing from the collection

OverDrive hosts more than 150,000 premium digital eBook and Audiobook titles from more than 1,000 publishers. There are also magazines. Access them all through PPLD's OverDrive website using Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, or Edge. 

Use OverDrive Website (see video below)

undefinedMost titles in the PPLD OverDrive collection are available to read in Kindle format. These items can be borrowed from OverDrive and sent to the Kindle app on your device or sent to a Kindle device. If a title is unavailable in Kindle format, you can read it in the OverDrive app, but not through the Kindle app.

The Kindle app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows devices. 

Note: The Kindle format is only available for eBooks. Audiobooks must be downloaded through a different method and are not available on non-Fire Kindles.

Libby, by OverDrive

Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from PPLD. You can stream items with a wireless Internet connection (Wi-Fi) or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. All you need to get started is a PPLD library card.

 

Are Libby and OverDrive the same?

Libby is built by OverDrive, who also developed the classic OverDrive app. Both apps let you borrow the same free digital content from PPLD. However, Libby was designed to make finding, borrowing, and enjoying free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines easier than ever.

OverDrive Website OverDrive App Libby App
Access complete collection Basic, classic app. No updates to functionality Newest and easiest to use app
Recommend titles to library for purchase, rate titles, wish lists Recommend titles to library for purchase, rate titles, wish lists Only shows titles you can read or listen to in app
    Allows multiple library cards attached to one user account

What do I need to use Libby?

  • A Pikes Peak Library District resident library card number (resident card numbers start with a 4) and PIN.
  • A compatible mobile device with wireless Internet access to use the app.
  • A personal computer or laptop with Internet access to use the website. 

Setting up Libby

  • Visit your device's app store and search for "Libby"
  • Tap Install or Get and then open the Libby app
  • Follow the prompts to find your library - Select Pikes Peak Library District
  • Register with your PPLD card number and 4-digit pin
  • Start browsing the collection

undefined Libby can be used as an app with multiple devices and from the Libby website. 

Device and link to app store
Android 
iOS - Apple iPad/iPhone
Windows 10
Chromebooks
Web browsers

Note: If your device is not compatible with Libby, try the OverDrive app instead.

What do I need to use Libby?

  • A Pikes Peak Library District resident library card number (resident card numbers start with a 4) and PIN.
  • A personal computer or laptop with Internet access to use the website. 

Get started with Libby in your web browser. Learn to browse and check out titles.

Get Started with Libby Guide


How to Use the Libby website

  • Visit the Libby website
  • Answer library card prompt
  • Locate your library or link a device
  • Choose library
  • Enter your library card number and 4-digit pin
  • Start browsing the collection

 

Libby is available in multiple languages. Libby will automatically use the language your device (mobile phone, tablet, ereader, or computer) is set to.

  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • English
  • French (Canada)
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Swedish

You can also set language preferences for books in Libby. Learn more here.

undefinedMost titles in PPLD's Libby collection are available in Kindle format. These items can be borrowed, transferred, and then read in the Kindle app on your device or on a Kindle ereader (excluding the Kindle Fire tablet). 

Kindle Fire Users: The Libby App is not available on the Kindle Fire. Users with a Kindle Fire tablet are recommended to install the OverDrive app instead. If a title is unavailable in Kindle format, you can read it in the OverDrive app on a Kindle Fire. 

Note: The Kindle format is only available for eBooks. Audiobooks must be downloaded through a different method and are not available on non-Fire Kindles. 

Sharing titles: Users can now share titles on social media or directly with friends, using the Share button found on a title’s Reading Journey and details screen. A shared title page shows the book’s summary, basic details, and nearby libraries that offer the title through Libby. This new option encourages users to socialize their favorite reads with family, friends, and followers while spreading awareness of the library’s digital collection.

Exporting reading data: Users can also export their reading data, including:
  • Titles in a specific tag
  • Their activity timeline
  • A title’s Reading Journey, which includes bookmarks, notes, and highlights
 
Sharing titles and export reading data features.

Users can select how to export their data and use it how they’d like, whether that’s posting a favorite tag to Twitter, graphing their 2020 reading stats, or revisiting notes & highlights for a book club.

Note: Users have the option to disable activity recording from their activity timeline.

Visit Libby Help for more information about these new features as well as other FAQs