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OverDrive, and the Libby app

Introduction to Libby

The free Libby app is the easiest way to get started with ebooks and audiobooks from the Sacred Heart University library-Overdrive collection. All you need to do is download the app and sign into our library using your SHU credentials (email username and password) to begin browsing the digital collection. The Libby app synchs with the Sacred Heart - Overdrive website (

Getting Started

Getting started is easy! Just follow these simple instructions:

  1. Install the Libby app from the app store on your Android or iOS device.
  2. In Libby, follow the prompts to find Sacred Heart University Library and sign in with SHU credentials
  3. Browse the digital collection and borrow a title.

Borrowing Privileges:

  • Titles are automatically returned at the end of the lending period. No late fees!
  • Check out up to 3 titles at a time.
  • Borrow titles for up to 14 days.
  • You can place a hold on 3 titles at a time.


Access does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords, Times Insider or The New York Times Crosswords apps. NYTimes apps are not supported on all devices.

Quick Tips:

If a title is not available, you can place a hold.

  • After you place a hold, view your spot in line by going to your Shelf, tapping Holds, then tapping Wait List.

You can view your place in line for a hold.

  • After you place a hold, go to Shelf > Holds and tap the calendar icon. You'll see your approximate wait time, the number of copies in use, and the number of people waiting.

You can save time by saving your preferences.

  • Tap Preferences at the top of your library's home screen, or at the top of any list. Adjust your filters and default sorting option. Tap Apply Preferences.

You can explore more book recommendations.

  • Tap Explore at the top of your library's home screen to discover your next great read. Search by subject, popularity, what's available, and more.

You can add more than one library card.

  • Tap the Libby icon in the top right corner, then tap Add a Library. You can search by name of zip code.