Effective February 23, 2022, the OverDrive app will no longer be available through any of the app stores for patrons to install and use for downloading eBooks and audiobooks. This is being done to push the Libby app as the primary app for use with the OverDrive platform. Libby has been available for some years now, and now it is ready to be the sole app to use based on its features, ease of use, and reviews from users
If you already have the OverDrive app, you can continue to use it, but note this app will be phased out in 2023. An official pull date has not been provided, but it will be coming at some point.
You may still use the OverDrive site online to browse the library’s collection and checkout our content as normal, but come Feb. 23, new users will only be able to use Libby to download and access that content.
A major change will be the use of the OverDrive platforms for the PC and Mac used to download, play, and/or transfer audiobook content from their computer to a portable MP3 player. OverDrive will no longer support new downloads of those applications, for as technology continues to evolve, so do our primary ways of accessing them. Using computers to transfer audiobook titles to MP3 players is no longer the standard, so the platforms will be phased out.
Additionally, users of Kindle Fire tablets will see that Libby still is not an app available for downloading through Amazon. Although OverDrive has requested information and a timeline from Amazon, no updates have been provided. Users may access the OverDrive site to borrow materials on these devices, but they must be streamed on the OverDrive site if wanting to read/listen to your borrowed items. Plus, for the time being, the OverDrive app will not be removed from the Amazon app store, and will continue to be available for these users until further notice.
If you have any questions, please contact your preferred library branch.