Get Started with the Libby App


Review step-by-step instructions

Installing and signing into the app

  1. Search for "libby, by overdrive" in your device's app store and install the app.
  2. Open the app and follow the prompts.
  3. If this is your first time installing Libby on any of your devices, choose "I'll Search For A Library" or "Yes, Guess My Library." We recommend you choose "I'll Search For A Library" and type either "lake forest library" or "60045."
  4. If you choose "Guess My Library" and it does not pull up Lake Forest Library, select "No, Keep Looking" and then "No, I'll Search For A Library" and search for "lake forest library" or "60045."
  5. Select "Digital Library of Illinois / Lake Forest Library." Digital Library of Illinois (DLIL) includes more than 100 libraries across the state of Illinois.
  6. Select "Lake Forest Library," enter your library card number, and then tap "Sign In."
  7. Select either "Yes, I Read With Kindle" or "Skip."

Searching for items

  1. There are 2 ways to search or browse:
    • Use the magnifying glass search tool. Enter a title or author into the search box.
    • Tap the library card icon to browse the DLIL collection. Tap any of the buttons immediately below the DLIL logo (just added, popular, available now, ...), or move down the page and select a category or browse the featured book lists.
  2. Additional tips:
    • eAudiobooks have a headphones icon on the image of the item.
    • You can refine search results by selecting "+ Preferences" and updating settings for Format, Availability, and other filters.

Borrowing items

  1. To borrow an item, tap the cover image. Tap "Borrow." If the item is not currently available, you can tap "Place Hold" and depending on your app settings, you will be notified when you can borrow it.
  2. Choose how long you would like to have the item (7, 14, or 21 days). Then, tap "Borrow!"
  3. Select "Open Book" or "Open Audiobook."
  4. If your borrowed item is a book, choose whether you would like to read it via "Kindle" or "Libby."
  5. If you choose "Libby," the book will open. If you choose "Kindle," you will be prompted to sign into your Amazon account and send your borrowed book to your Kindle device or app.

Reading or listening to items

  1. Items you have borrowed are available to read or listen to on your "Shelf," which you can access by tapping the books icon. Tap an item cover to open or manage that title.
  2. To read or listen to your item, tap "Read With" or "Open In Libby" or "Read With Kindle."
  3. Back on you Shelf, you can also tap "Manage Loan" on any item to change your "Read With" preference, return an item early, or recommend a title to another person by tapping "Share Title."
  4. Tap "Reading Journey" to show your progress with the title. Back on the home screen, you can view all of your activity in Libby by tapping the clock icon.
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What you can do with it

Borrow from a vast collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines.

User Guides

Get started with the Libby app

How to Download eBooks to a Kindle


  • 10 eBook/eAudiobook checkouts at a time
  • No limit on eMagazines

Loan Period

7, 14, or 21 days (you choose in Settings or when checking out an item)

How to access

App available, search for "libby" in your app store
Works on iOS, Android, smartphones, tablets, Kindle Fire, Nook ... just install the app
Works on Kindle eInk readers ... just choose Kindle format when checking out an item
Read or listen to titles on a computer with an internet browser by visiting the Digital Library of Illinois