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Listen With Libby, the One-Tap Reading App

Starting Thursday, Dec. 17, MI members will notice a new and improved change in the eAudiobook listening experience. That's because the RB Digital platform is moving to OverDrive. What this means for you is that going forward, you will need to install and use Libby, OverDrive's app for downloading and listening to eAudiobooks instead of the RB Digital app. With Libby, you will also be able to listen to books on your web browser. What's more, MI's entire collection of eAudiobooks is moving to the Libby listening app.

Not to worry though, here are few things to remember as we improve your listening experience:

  • The books you have previously checked out on the RBDigital app will remain usable on RBDigital until the end of the loan. Users will not have to switch until they want to check out a different title.

  • Users have the option of abandoning a currently checked out title on RBDigital and checking it out again on OverDrive. The choice is optional and not essential.

  • Unlike RBDigital, the OverDrive website has a browser version to allow MI Library users who do not have mobile devices to be able to listen to the books using their desktop computer.

  • Holds placed in RBDigital must be requested again through OverDrive's Libby app.

  • The Libby app, created by OverDrive, is available for Android, IOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Windows 10 devices.

  • Be patient, we are all learning about the new platform. It may be helpful to view a short, informative video to become better acquainted with Libby:

  • You will need your MI Library card and an email address to place holds on Libby.

Getting Started With OverDrive's eAudiobook Collection

  1. If you listen to eAudiobooks through MI Library's website, simply install the LIbby app through your device's app store. 

  2. Open the app and find Mechanics' Institute Library. You can also search for the MI library by name, city or zip code. 

  3. Browse MI Library's collection and choose a title. When prompted, sign in with your library card number.

  4. Borrowed titles appear on your digital Shelf and download to the app automatically so you can listen to them offline (without wi-fi).

  5. From your Shelf, tap Start Listening to open a title.

  6. While Libby will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to MI LIbrary in just a few minutes, you can find a helpful video and more detailed information about using Libby here

  7. For more information and frequently asked questions about the RBDigital to OverDrive transition, click here


Posted on Dec. 17, 2020 by Celeste Steward