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OverDrive Basics: Get the Libby App

What is OverDrive?

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OverDrive is a digital (e-book and audiobook) collection of general and popular nonfiction and fiction titles along with titles supporting select Leeward classes.

There are also over 4,000 magazine titles, including current and a selection of back issues.

Our Library's Primo Search may be used to find titles in OverDrive. The Primo record for the title will contain a link that takes you to OverDrive to borrow the item. You will be prompted to sign in to access your OverDrive account. Our OverDrive borrowing period is 14 days. You never have to worry about late fees because items are returned automatically.

Two ways for direct access to Leeward's OverDrive collection:

Leeward Featured OverDrive Titles

Suggest an E-Book

We welcome your e-book recommendations. Please fill out our Best Sellers & OverDrive Suggestion Form

Please note: Submissions are reviewed to support the Library's collection development policy.

OverDrive...Helpful Tips

OverDrive's homepage showcases e-book covers gathered in subcollections on various topics. The "New Additions" sub-collection includes all titles in the collection. A sorting menu is available to arrange items by title, author, date added, etc. 

New Additions

Click on this image to see Leeward's New Additions subcollection.

If you are not ready to borrow a title you've placed on hold, you may use the "Suspend Hold" feature to keep you next in line based on a chosen increment of time (7, 14, 21 days, etc.). 

Suspend hold feature in OverDrive

Click on this image to learn more about suspending holds.

Download the Libby App!

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When you are ready to learn more about Libby's features, the "Libby App Tutorial" video below is a quick but informative primer covering the following:

  • Searching for titles
  • Placing holds
  • Borrowing
  • Using a Kindle device
  • Account settings  

Setting Up the App

To set up the Libby app, you will be asked for the name of your library. Please use: Leeward Community College. We do not have a library card, but you will need to log in with your UH user name for verification.

Adding a Library

Adding a Library in Libby AppOne of the great features of using the app is that you can add another library within the app, allowing easy access between multiple library OverDrive collections. For example, if you have a public library card in Hawaii, you can add this library system. Look for "Add A Library" in the menu feature (see below) and use the name: Hawaii State Public Library System. You will need your HSPLS library card and pin numbers.

In your app menu, select the library OverDrive collection you want to see. This example shows the OverDrive collection options for Leeward and HSPLS. 


Don't have a Hawaii State Public Library System Card...

HSPLS is now accepting online registrations for a temporary, virtual library card. HSPLS's OverDrive collection currently offers you access to over 99,000 e-book and audiobook titles...And it's free!