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OverDrive for Ebooks and Audiobooks : Getting Started

An overview of OverDrive and the accompanying app Libby, which allow you to browse, borrow, and access our growing selection of largely recreational ebooks and audiobooks.

Getting Started on Desktop

1. Begin by activating your OverDrive account: Head over to the Penn OverDrive site at, navigate to the top right corner, and click "Sign In." 

A screenshot of the top section of the Penn OverDrive site, showing the Penn Libraries on the left, and a Sign In link on the right.


2. You will be directed to the Penn WebLogin page and prompted to type in your PennKey (unless you've recently logged in).

Screenshot of Penn WebLogin page with boxes for imputing PennKey username and Password.


NOTE: To create your account, OverDrive requires Penn to supply your name and email address. Consult OverDrive's Privacy Policy to learn more about the information they collect, why they do it, and how they use it. Please do not access this service if you do not wish Penn to provide this information to OverDrive.


3. You're now ready to browse and borrow from Penn's OverDrive collection! 

A screenshot of the top section of the Penn OverDrive site, showing the Penn Libraries logo on the left, and covers of popular novels at the center.



For more information about getting started with OverDrive, please review this overview:


Circular Libby logo shows a head mostly hidden behind a book. Below it is the word Libby.

Experiencing any issues when using OverDrive and Libby? Consult the Libby Troubleshooting Guide for support, or submit a question or comment to a Penn Librarian

Libby, the OverDrive App

Libby is OverDrive's mobile device app. It supports both Android and Apple iOS. Use Libby to browse and borrow titles, place holds, and read or listen to your borrowed titlesall on the go from your phone or tablet. If you prefer, you may also send your ebook loans to your Kindle app or device. 

1. After downloading Libby to your mobile device, search for the main University of Pennsylvania Library by name, city, or zip code.


Image of Libby app shows results when searching for UPenn. Penn's Law Library is an options but Penn's main library is circled as the right option

2. Your PennKey credentials will serve as your "library card" when accessing the Penn Library through OverDrive and Libby. After selecting the Penn Library, you'll be asked to sign in with your "library card," and then to proceed to a "secure website." Click "Next" to view the standard Penn WebLogin Page and sign in with your PennKey.

Image of Libby app now with Penn Libraries logo above, instructs you to click link to sign in with your library card.            Image of Libby app with Penn Libraries logo above, instructs you to click "next" to access a secure website in order to enter login credentials.


3. That's it! You're now ready to browse and enjoy Penn Library's ebook and audiobook collections through OverDrive!


Image of Penn's Libby app interface after successful login in. Library Card graphic shows account status, including number of loans or holds.


For more information about downloading, getting started, and using Libby, consult this overview: 

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