4 Frequently Asked Questions about Libby… Answered

If you haven’t met Libby yet, do it now!  Libby is the best reading app for ebooks and audiobooks!

HOW DO I RETURN A BOOK EARLY?
Titles are automatically returned to the library when the book reaches its due date. However, for speed readers/listeners, who tend to finish books prior to when the book is due, there is an option to return the book when you actually finish the book.

Returning an eBook or audiobook before its due date can easily be done by following the simple steps listed below. (If the title is more popular or a new release, some may even go as far as crowning you an unsung hero as they watch their hold period dwindle):

  • Tap Shelf
  • Tap On The Title You Want to Return
  • Tap Return Title to Library
  • Then tap Return

NOTE: If you’ve downloaded a title to the OverDrive app (mobile or desktop), to Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), or as a Kindle Book, you won’t be able to return it from Libby. However, you can return it from the application you used to download the title (the OverDrive app or ADE) or from Amazon (if you downloaded it as a Kindle Book).

HOW CAN I VIEW MY BOOK PROGRESS?
Your total book progress is visible in the lower right hand corner of Libby displaying the chapter & page numbers (ex: Chapter 12/20 of 651). If you tap the page number label once the numbers will switch to reveal how many pages are left in the current chapter. By tapping the label a second time your total book progress will be shown as a percentage.

In the audiobook player, the total time left in the audiobook is displayed in the lower right hand corner of Libby by default. By tapping the “Time Left label” (above the timeline) you can cycle through different time displays: total time elapsed in the audiobook, time left in current chapter, and total progress as a percentage.

HOW DO I SEE MY PLACE IN LINE FOR A HOLD?
Waiting for a hold can be a bit extensive at times. Libby includes a feature that displays all the information you would want to know about when you can expect a book to be added to your shelf. This information can help you plan out your reading schedule and help you move along with other titles as you wait for a book that may have a hefty wait list. After you place a hold, you can view your place in line by going to Shelf > Holds > “Wait List.”

This will display the following:

  • Your approximate wait time for the title
  • Total holds for the title (and your progress in line)
  • Total # of copies available in our consortium
  • The number of people waiting per copy

There is no greater joy than receiving the notification “the book you had on hold has been added to your bookshelf”.

HOW CAN I CHANGE THE TEXT OF AN EBOOK?
Font, text size, and spacing are all adjustable in Libby. Each of these settings can be adjusted to your personal reading preference. Once you have opened a book in the app, click on the three lines in the upper right hand corner and then click on “Reading Settings”. A screen will be displayed providing a series of adjustable page preferences that can be altered including text scale (or size), lighting, and book design. Below is an overview of how to adjust these features:

Text Scale: Text size can be adjusted by using a scale. By sliding the black square to the left or right you can adjust the font size of the book you are reading. If you slide the swuare to the left, your text will decrease in size and to the right your text will increase.

Lighting: There are three lighting options – Bright, Sepia, and Dark.

Book Design: Libby offers six preselected options for font & page design:

  • Publisher’s Default
  • Legible
  • Scholar
  • Paperback
  • OpenDyslexic (This book design uses the OpenDeslexic font to increase the readability of text for readers with dyslexia. Learn more at opendyslexic.com)
  • Custom: This option allows you to select a font (Palatino, Georgia, Old style, Cochin, Serif, or Sans Serif.), adjust your justification (Left or justified), select a line spacing (1.0, 1.5., or 2.0), and lastly choose a weight for the text (Normal or Heavy).

There you have it, Four FAQ’s about Libby answered! For more answers visit the help page here: Meet Libby.