The OverDrive App is Easing into Retirement

February 17, 2022 | Mike

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Change can be scary, especially when talking about OverDrive, our biggest collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. So, let me start with two important words: don’t panic. OverDrive isn’t going anywhere. In fact, anyone already using the Libby app can stop reading – I won’t be offended.

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What is changing?

As of February 23rd, the OverDrive app will no longer be available to download from the Apple, Google and Microsoft app stores. The OverDrive desktop software will also be removed from the OverDrive website. Anyone looking to download the OverDrive app will have to download Libby instead.

Libby, which was launched in 2017, offers many features not available in the OverDrive app, including easy set up for new users, a single bookshelf for all loans and holds, push notifications and more customizable options like Dark Mode. To get started using Libby, check out our guide to using the Libby app.


What does this mean for anyone currently using the OverDrive app?

Nothing at the moment. The app will continue to work as normal for the time being. Eventually, the app will officially be retired and everyone will have to use the Libby app, but OverDrive has not said when that will take place. Don’t worry – there will be plenty of notice before the retirement party.


What is staying the same?

  • The OverDrive website
  • OverDrive software built into Kobo eReaders
  • The OverDrive app will remain available for the Kindle Fire as Libby is not available on this device


Where can I find more info?

For more information, read the FAQ on the OverDrive website.