Overdrive & the Libby app
Cardholders at the Central Arkansas Library System may choose from and check out over 3000 magazines, and read them on your favorite mobile device or e-reader. Login using your library card number and PIN. You will also find audiobooks available for check out in Overdrive and the Libby app.
The Libby app for Overdrive
CALS recommends the Libby app for magazine access through the Overdrive service. Libby provides a faster and more visually appealing way to browse, download, or stream all the same titles you’re accustomed to finding in Overdrive. You may continue to use the “classic” OverDrive app but please be aware that Overdrive now recommends using the Libby app.
- Go to Overdrive web site to find e-books and audiobooks – Overdrive
- Get the Libby app to download e-books and audiobooks – Apple – Android
- List of supported devices
- Desktops & Laptops Overdrive tutorial
- Libby App tutorial
- Overdrive App tutorial
What Happened to RBDigital?
RBdigital has been acquired by OverDrive and has resulted in a few changes. What does this mean for you? In the short term, it’s a win-win for our magazine readers! The magazines you enjoy reading can be accessed in either OverDrive or Libby. And in addition to the small, curated collection we previously offered, we now have access to more than 3,000 titles, and in some cases, up to three years’ worth of back issues for those titles. After March 31, RBdigital magazines will no longer be accessible.
Will there be more changes in the long term? Yes. Our digital magazine service with OverDrive is only guaranteed until the end of September when we will reexamine our subscription; this new more robust collection may be cost prohibitive to continue for the long term. As always, we strive to be good stewards of our resources and provide materials that the community and our patrons find the most beneficial. We will update you all as we continue to make adjustments to our digital magazine subscription.