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Libby and Overdrive (both made by Overdrive) offer the same content; you can even use both apps and your loans will sync across your devices.
If you have a newer smartphone, tablet, Kindle Fire, or newer computer, give Libby a try! If you have an eReader like a Nook or a Kindle Paperwhite, use an older computer, or want additional features like a wishlist or additional language support, try the original Overdrive.
Anything you borrow is available for 21-day checkout, and the download will stop playing after your date. You may also return finished items early. You can borrow 6 items at a time, and place up to 5 holds. Holds can be modified to be delivered as soon as they are available, or you can freeze your hold for later delivery. View the help within your app for more details.
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Visit our Download & Stream page for all online library options.
You can use the online version of the Libby app to get started on your computer. Or you can head right to the Front Range Downloadable Library and start browsing. Once you are ready to borrow, it will prompt you to link up your Lafayette Library card to use Overdrive for borrowing. You only need to download Overdrive if you want access to your loans when you are offline. You can also browse the main Library catalog and find the same online content. Anything borrowed electornically will also show up with your physical checkouts in your main online Library account.
Yes! Try these resources and videos. You can access help and tutorials right from within your Libby or Overdrive apps as well.
The only streaming video currently available to Lafayette Library members is via Overdrive. The app for mobile devices or personal computers will allow limited offline use of downloaded video content. If you do not have Overdrive downloaded, you can stream (but not download) video directly from the Front Range Downloadable Library site.
The other app made by Overdrive, called Libby, does not provide access to streaming video, just ebooks and audiobooks.
Get started: Go to the Front Range Downloadable Library, click on the Collections menu, and you will see a section for Videos. You do not need to set up an Overdrive account, but you will need to log in using your Lafayette Library card number.