Introducing Libby for magazines
Published on 26th April 2021
Since March 2020, when libraries closed their doors, people turned to online eResources and were delighted to discover they were so much simpler than remembered. As of today you can switch to Libby for magazines and/or comics. Libby is released by OverDrive.
In Libby, you'll have access to over 3,000 digital magazines with a rolling three years of back issues (where available). There are no magazine checkout limits, so you'll be able to borrow as many as you like.
Libby is great if you just want to download a magazine and/or comic to your Android or iOS phone or tablet. OverDrive is the classic app, and is compatible with more devices, including Kindle Fire, Macs, PCs, and Windows mobile devices. It has the same collection of titles as the OverDrive app - it's just a different way to access the same digital library collection.
When registering for Libby do not put in your local branch library. Please put in Dublin City.
How long can I keep magazines borrowed through Libby?
Borrowed magazines will expire at the end of their lending periods which is 21 days, but you'll be able to renew them if you need more time to read.
How many magazines can I borrow through Libby?
Magazines do not count as part of your loan limit. The loan limit of 99 applies to comics and graphic novels borrowed through Libby.
Can I keep borrowing and reading magazines and comics in RBdigital?
From 20 May 2021 you will only be able to borrow and read magazines on Libby.com. Digital magazines will not be available on the RBDigital app from that date.
What will happen to old issues of magazines or comics that I borrowed through RBdigital?
After your library's magazines and/or comics move to Libby, you'll still be able to access any older issues you borrowed through RBdigital by visiting the ZINIO app or website and registering a new ZINIO account using the same email address you used with RBdigital.
What if I won't be able to use Libby?
Once your library's magazines and/or comics move to Libby, if you still aren't able to use Libby or the Libby app , you can use the OverDrive app or your library's OverDrive website instead. These alternatives have the same magazine titles as Libby, but offer slightly different features, device compatibility and Extras such as Artistworks, Universal Class and Great Courses are not be available.
Dublin City Libraries do not provide eBooks and eAudiobooks on Libby. Access eBooks/eAudiobooks on your phone or tablet via BorrowBox. Once you have installed the app, search for Dublin in the ‘Library’ field provided and then sign in using your library membership card number and PIN.