Getting started: OverDrive/Libby on a Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire Tutorial, opens a new window

Step-by-step instructions: (Printable version)

Download the Libby app

  1. On your Fire tablet, open the Silk Browser and visit the download link for the Libby APK.
  2. Tap OK, Allow, or Continue to proceed. The wording may vary and you may get warnings saying that the Silk browser needs more access on your device or that this kind of file should be avoided. OverDrive tests the file to make sure it’s safe, so you can safely dismiss these messages for the Libby APK.
  3. Once the file downloads, tap Open. If you’re unable to open the file from this prompt, locate the file in your downloads folder and tap to open.
  4. If you get a message saying your device is not allowed to install unknown apps from this source, tap Settings and toggle “Allow from this source” on. (Note: Turn this setting back to off after installing the Libby app, under Settings (from your device home screen), then Privacy & Security.)
  5. Tap the back button in the top-left corner, then tap Install.
  6. Once the app is finished installing, tap Open to start using Libby! If you already use Libby on another device, you can use a setup code, opens a new window to copy your library cards, loans, holds, and tags to your Kindle Fire tablet.
Search or browse

To explore JCPL’s Libby collection, scroll down to see featured titles and categories. To search, tap on the magnifying glass icon.

Check out
  • Tap on Borrow next to a title’s cover and then tap Borrow again. The title will automatically download. You can select your notification options below the book cover. Tap on the back arrow to continue searching for titles or tap on the books icon or Shelf to begin reading.
Notes:
  • You may check out 40 e-books at one time. Enjoy unlimited magazine checkouts.
  • Titles check out for 21 days and may be renewed unless another patron has placed a hold. Items are automatically returned on their due date and there are no late fees.
Read
  • To access your downloaded titles, tap on the books icon or Shelf, tap the cover of the book, and then tap Libby. Once open, turn the book’s pages by swiping left or right on the screen.
  • For menu options such as table of contents and adjusting font size and type, tap at the top or bottom in the middle of your screen and a menu bar will appear at the top and bottom of the page.
  • To close the book, tap on the bottom in the middle of your screen to access the menu options and tap Back. Your place is automatically bookmarked.
Place a hold

Tap Place a Hold next to a title’s cover, then tap on the back arrow to continue searching for titles.

Check out a hold
  • You’ll receive an email notice when your hold is ready to check out. Once the title is ready for check out, open the Libby app and tap on the books icon or Shelf.
  • Tap Holds, tap on Borrow next to the title’s cover, and tap Borrow again. The title will automatically download. Tap on Keep Browsing to continue searching for titles or tap Go To Shelf to begin reading.
Notes:
  • You may have 40 e-books on hold at one time. Magazines are always available.
  • You have three days to check out a hold once it becomes available for you. If you don’t borrow it within three days, your hold will automatically be suspended as a one-time courtesy for 7 days. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be cancelled automatically. You can also suspend the hold by selecting "deliver later," or you can cancel your hold.
  • Automatic alerts for new issues of magazines is not currently possible.
Early returns and renewing

Items are automatically returned on their due date and there are no late fees.

  1. To return a title early, tap on the books icon or Shelf.
  2. Tap Manage Loan next to the title's cover, then Return Early, and then tap Return.

If a title does not have holds, you can renew it within three days of its due date.

  1. To renew a title, tap on the books icon or Shelf.
  2. Tap Renew Loan, and then tap Renew.

Install the classic OverDrive app (only available until the end of 2022)

  1. In the app store on your Fire, search for “OverDrive,” and follow the prompts to install it.
  2. Once installed, open the app and select the "Sign In with Library Card" option.
  3. Tap in the box that says "Find Your Library," type in "Jefferson County Public Library" and tap Go. From the list of options, select Jefferson County Public Library by tapping the name.
  4. Tap in the white space below Card Number, enter your library card number and tap Sign In.
Search or browse
  • To explore JCPL’s OverDrive collection, tap in the grey box that says “+ Add a Title.”
  • Next, tap on Search (?) and enter a title, author, or keyword and tap Search.
  • Or, tap on Browse (☰) to the right side of the screen and select from several subjects, genres, or magazines.
Check out
  • Tap on the cover of a title that says Available at the top, tap Borrow, and tap Borrow again.
  • After you borrow the title, you can:
    • Select "Download EPUB ebook" to download the title to your app bookshelf. A message stating “adding title” will change to “title added” and then disappear once the download is complete, or
    • Select "Read now with Kindle," and go to Amazon's website and send the book to your device.
  • For magazines, tap on Read Now in Browser.
Notes:
  • You may check out 40 e-books at one time. Enjoy unlimited magazines.
  • E-books check out for 21 days and may be renewed unless another patron has placed a hold. Items are automatically returned on their due date and there are no late fees.
Read
  • To access your downloaded e-books, tap on the Menu (☰) icon to the top left of the screen, then tap Bookshelf.
  • Tap the cover of the book to open it and turn the pages by swiping left or right on the screen.
  • For menu options such as table of contents and adjusting font size and type, tap at the bottom in the middle of your screen and a menu bar will appear at the top and bottom of the page.
  • To close the book, tap on the bottom of your screen to access the menu options, tap on the Menu (☰) icon to the top right, and tap Bookshelf. Your page is automatically bookmarked.
  • To access your borrowed magazines, tap in the grey box that says “+ Add a Title," then tap on the book spine icon () to see your Loans, then Read Now in Browser next to the magazine cover.
  • After the magazine opens, tap anywhere on the page, then tap on the menu (☰) at the top right of the screen. If Offline Access is a choice there, or if there is a down arrow, select it to download the magazine for reading offline. (On a Kindle Fire, this works better in Chrome than in Silk.)
  • It is not currently possible to print from magazines.
Place a hold
  • Tap on the cover of a title that says Wait List at the top, tap Place a Hold, enter your email address if requested, then Place a Hold once more. Tap on the X to the top right, if needed, to continue searching for titles.
Check out a hold
  1. You’ll receive an email notice when your hold is ready to check out and you have three days to check it out. Once the title is ready for check out, close your email, open the OverDrive app, and tap on My Loans ().
  2. Tap Holds, tap on the title’s cover, tap Borrow, and tap Borrow again.
  3. Tap on Download EPUB eBook. A message stating “adding title” will change to “title added” and then disappear once title is downloaded.
Notes:
  • You may have 40 titles on hold at one time. Magazines are always available.
  • You have three days to check out a hold once it becomes available for you. If you don’t borrow it within three days, your hold will automatically be suspended for 7 days as a one-time courtesy. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be cancelled automatically. You can also suspend the hold by selecting "deliver later," or you can cancel your hold.
  • Automatic alerts for new issues of magazines is not currently possible.
Early returns and renewing

Items are automatically returned on their due date and there are no late fees.

  1. To return a title early, tap in the grey box that says “+ Add a Title,” go to Loans () on the screen with JCPL’s logo.
  2. Tap Return under the title’s cover and then tap Return Title to confirm.

If a title does not have holds, you are able to renew within three days of its due date.

  1. To renew, tap in the grey box that says “+ Add a Title” and then tap on Loans () on the screen with JCPL’s logo.
  2. Under the book’s cover, tap on “Request Again” to renew. The title will appear on your Holds page and will automatically check out to you (unless you've turned off automatic hold checkout).
  3. Next, tap on Download EPUB ebook. A message stating “adding title” will change to “title added” and then disappear once the download is complete.