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Libby review

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Get full access to any audiobook title your library carries using a single app — absolutely free.

Meet Libby: an app that lets you browse more than 1,000 audiobooks hand-picked by your local library. Users will love the app’s intuitive interface and attractive design, but some may feel limited or outdated in accessing only what’s on the library’s shelves.

What is Libby?

Libby is an audiobooks service app that’s powered by OverDrive, A Rakuten service. Rakuten is best known as Kobo in the e-reader and audiobook world.

Libby is most widely used in North America, but is active in 78 countries worldwide. Similarly to competitor BorrowBox, Libby allows you to gain access to audiobooks at no cost using your library card from a participating library.

While it feels like the local library offers a less modern reading experience, the Libby app really stands out. And the catalog of available books, screenplays, papers and more ranges from the classics to the latest bestsellers. If your local library isn’t on BorrowBox, then Libby could be your next best option.

Pros and cons

Check out the perks and drawbacks of using Libby:

  • Free to use with your library card
  • Top-tier reading features
  • Includes access to latest bestsellers and classics
  • Easy-to-use, visually appealing customizable app

  • Often you will have to put audiobooks on hold
  • You must have a valid library card
  • Selection is restricted to your library’s collection
  • Can’t keep the titles you borrow

How much does Libby cost?

Libby is completely free. Simply install the Libby app onto your device to access your library’s digital content using your valid library card. There are no subscription costs, no in-app purchases, and no late fees — books are automatically returned on their due dates.

Does Libby have a free trial?

Libby is absolutely free from start to finish — no free trial is necessary.

Libby reviews and complaints

See what other reviews say about Libby:

Platform Reviews (Last updated October 14, 2020)
Apple App Store 4.8 out of 5 stars (1.1M+ reviews)
Google Play 4.3 out of 5 stars (31,934 reviews)

Compare audiobook services

If you love the audiobook experience, check out other providers and services to compare your options and best meet your preferences.

Name Product Cost Subscription type Free trial Listen offline Library size
Audible
$14.95 per month
  • Credit
  • Rental
30 days
Yes
470,000
Google Play Audiobooks
Pay-per-book
  • Unlimited
No
Yes
5,000,000+
BorrowBox
Free
  • Rental
No
Yes
Depends on your local library
Downpour
$12.99 per month
  • Credit
  • Rental
No
Yes
80,000
Blinkist
$14.99 per month
  • Unlimited
7 days
Yes
3,500
Scribd
$8.99 per month
  • Unlimited
7 days
Yes
500,000
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Melanie Huddart joined Finder’s editorial team in 2017, helping to polish up content across niches that include home loans, share trading, shopping and travel. Melanie earned a BA in Specialized Honors English and a BEd from York University in Toronto, Canada. When she isn’t focused on making articles shine, you can find her hanging with her son and her dog, practicing yoga or searching for the next greatest beach.

Expert review

Libby could be the answer for you if you’re looking to access free reading material online — simply by using your library card — without having to leave the house. But some listeners may feel constrained by the lack of titles available to them. As always, be sure to explore all the audiobook options


 available to you to get the best service to fit your needs.

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