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OverDrive Update: 3/8/23

The OverDrive app for iOS, Android, and Windows 8/10 will be sunset on May 1, 2023.

In the weeks before the OverDrive app sunset, current in-app messaging will be updated to give users a final reminder to switch to Libby.


The following notice outlines OverDrive's plans on sunsetting the legacy OverDrive app. They will be concentrating on Libby as the only app for the future.

For the first step, we will remove the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store on February 23, 2022.

How this initial change will impact users

  • Current OverDrive app users can continue to use the app.
  • New users looking for the OverDrive app will be directed to Libby.
  • All users can continue to use, borrow, and open titles from your library’s OverDrive website via a browser.
  • The OverDrive app will not be removed from the Amazon App store for Kindle users at this time. Since Libby is not yet available in the Amazon App store, new and existing Kindle users can continue to use the OverDrive app. They can also stream content through or your library’s website, depending on their Kindle. They could also deliver Kindle books using the Send to Kindle feature from another device that does support Libby.

What happens next

In future phases, we will be actively encouraging OverDrive app users to switch to Libby, with a goal of moving most over by the end of 2022. We are committed to supporting a smooth transition for you and your users and will send you ongoing updates on the plans and timing for the eventual retirement of the OverDrive app.


OverDrive relies on web certificates from Let’s Encrypt for secure connections for websites and apps including Libby and OverDrive. Let's Encrypt has ended support for older operating systems. As a result of this change, the following is now in effect: 

  • Libby’s minimum iOS version is now iOS 10. To use Libby on an iOS device, users are required to update their device’s operating system to iOS 10 or newer. These are the steps to help iOS users update their operating system version.
  • The legacy OverDrive for Mac desktop app is only supported on macOS versions 10.12.1 through 10.14.
  • Users on legacy web browsers may experience issues loading or your OverDrive website and should upgrade to a newer browser version, if possible.

The expectation was that affected users would receive a security warning after the Let’s Encrypt change, but OverDrive has since learned that a warning is not always displayed. Users may experience issues with signing in, borrowing, loading the app’s content, etc.

For more information and troubleshooting tips, check out Libby Help and OverDrive Help.

Overdrive Setup

Register for OverDrive Account with email and password OR library card # and PIN.   

eBooks – download Adobe Digital Editions for Windows 7, 8, or 10 and for Macs 

Audiobooks - Download OverDrive Desktop for Windows 7 (or older)/Mac. Download OverDrive app for Windows 8 or 10. 

Videos—Streaming videos will play in most up-to-date web browsers. 


Overdrive Checkouts

20 checkouts total. 

10 holds; flexible checkout periods-7, 14, 21 days for all formats except videos. 

1 time renewal option 3 days before due date if available otherwise item placed on hold list. 

Early returns available for eBooks and for most Audiobooks. 

Videos – Checkout 3 for 7 days. Part of the 20 checkout total. Watch unlimited times during checkout period. 

Overdrive Read and Overdrive Listen are streaming services. 


Overdrive Help

Overdrive Features

Audiobooks/eBooks - Fiction & Nonfiction; Adult, Young Adult, Juvenile selections. Browse by Subjects and subcategories. Limit by Available Now, Format, Language and other terms.  Wish lists, History available in apps. Small selection in Spanish.   

Kindle format eBooks available for Kindle readers and Kindle Reading app. 

Videos – Documentaries, fitness, travel, how to’s, science, foreign films, and older feature films available to browse by Subject.